About Us


WIMN promotes women’s human rights at the center of all migration and development policy. Our network recognizes the intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicty, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, migration status, disability, and national origin. WIMN convenes organizations and activists to expand rights-centered policies that prioritize the interests of diverse women and families affected by migration around the world.


WIMN envisions a world where women in migration claim their universal human rights, and act as agents of change in shaping a just and equitable world. We understand that migration impacts women who move within and across borders as well as women who remain at home when family members leave. WIMN strives to defend the rights of migrant women, promote a gendered and deep analysis of migration and its root causes, and promote and support the organizing and empowerment of women in migration.

Our priority advocacy points include:

  • Workers’ rights must be gender-sensitive with full and equal rights for women in origin and destination countries.
  • An end to the criminalization, arbitrary detention and deportation of migrants.
  • Full access, regardless of immigrant status, to public health, including sexual and reproductive health, and other critical public services, as well as civil and human rights protections.
  • And end to all forms of discrimination, racism, and xenophobia towards migrant women, in all their diversity.
  • An end to gender-based violence.
  • Demilitarization of borders and respect of women’s human rights in transit and at borders.
  • Family unity, recognition of LGBTQ families, and ensure that women’s migration status is not dependent on a spouse.
  • Genuine gender-sensitive development must put people and nature at the center, deliver economic and social human rights, and make migration a choice, not a necessity.
  • The uplifting of gender-specific migration policy, including data, research, education, funding, and legislation.

The Women in Migration Network, formerly known as the Women and Global Migration Working Group, was established in a pre-meeting at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in April 2012. The Network reflects a history of collaboration on migrant women’s concerns since 2009 at the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights and the Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration & Development (Athens, Mexico City, Geneva) as well as at the UN Commission on the Status of Women where we have hosted a migrant women’s caucus and annual thematic workshops. Here is the statement made at the AWID forum on the inception of the Women in Migration Network.

WIMN Organization:

WIMN has a nine-member Steering Committee:

  • Carol Barton, United Methodist Women, US
  • Jille Belisario,Transnational Migrant Platform, Netherlands (regional network)
  • Roshan Dadoo, CORMSA, South Africa
  • Milka Isinta, Pan African Network in Defense of Migrant Rights, Kenya (regional network)
  • Nunu Kidane, PANiDMR, (US/Ethiopia)
  • Michele Levoy, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants—PICUM, Belgium (regional network)
  • Monami Maulik, Global Coalition on Migration
  • Amy Shannon, Alianza Americas, US
  • Cathi Tactaquin, National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, US

The Network carries out its work through monthly calls and working teams of volunteers.

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) serves as fiscal agent for WIMN and provides in-kind accounting support.  WIMN depends on financial contributions by members as well as in-kind leadership and support for its program and operations.  The Secretariat is shared between NNIRR (Cathi Tactaquin) and United Methodist Women (Carol Barton), co-conveners.

Please take a look at our introductory flyer that lists the activities in which the WIMN is involved.

For more information, please contact us at wimninfo@womeninmigration.org.