Solidarity Center Addresses GCM Thematic IV

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Neha Misra addressed the Fourth Thematic Event in preparation for the UN Global Compact on Migration, held at UN Headquarters in NY from 24-25 July. She spoke on behalf of the Solidarity Center, an international labor rights NGO and part of the global labor movement that works directly with migrant workers in over 20 countries, as well as the Women in Global Migration Network (WIMN), a network which convenes organizations and activists to expand rights-centered policies that prioritize the interests of diverse women and families affected by migration around the world. The fourth of six thematic sessions addresses migrants’ contribution to development, remittances and the role of migrant in both economic and social development.

Neha misra 24 July 2017 4                                         Neha Misra, Solidarity Center

Misra questioned the framing of “migrant women’s contribution to development” which instrumentalizes women’s labor rather than affirming women’s rights and agency. “This framing blatantly ignores the lack of worker rights and protections for migrant workers, and the other economic, social and political costs for workers and their families,” she said. She urged full labour rights for all migrants and a world where migrant workers could fully participate in the right to organize and collectively bargain, to guarantee those rights.

“We cannot promote the contributions of migrant workers as stakeholders in sustainable development without providing them with options for fair migration. This means zero recruitment costs; regular forms of migration that are less exploitative than temporary or circular migration programs – regular migration programs that include visa portability, the ability of migrant workers to easily change employers, family unification and pathways to long-term residency and citizenship. The Global Compact should not be used to strengthen migration management approaches that advance profits over rights, including the expansion of temporary work programs, which very often deny migrant workers their fundamental labor rights while also undermining workers’ rights in destination countries by creating a separate class of workers (migrants) with unequal rights. This may undermine the decent work agenda committed to in Agenda 2030. Governments should not be using state policy to enable employers to secure a temporary, low–wage workforce in place of permanent workers,” she said.

Regarding migrant women’s agency, she said that “we must recognize that women in migration are not “vulnerable”, in need of “rescue”, they are advocates for their rights and agents of change. Current migration policies create the contexts of exclusion, inequality and rights violations that put women at risk and in a situation of vulnerability. The migration discourse should not be about “protecting women” but about protecting women’s rights. Migration policy must recognize the rights and agency of women rather than reinforcing gendered power relations.”

See Neha Misra’s remarks here.

WIMN Launches Issue Briefs for GFMD

The tenth edition of the Global Forum on Migration & Development is being held from 28-30 June 2017 in Berlin, Germany.  The Civil Society Days take place from 29 June to July 1, to be followed by the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA).  The Women in Migration Network has a strong presence in each of these meetings.

Berenice Valdez Rivera, Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (IMUMI) of Mexico is civil society co-chair of the Civil Society Days, and Carolina Gottardo of Australia is the Women Rapporteur.  Both are WIMN members.  A delegation of 26 members will represent WIMN concerns at the Civil Society Days, meet with member states on the Common Space Day, and attend the PGA.  In addition, WIMN will co-host a side event with UN Women on 30 June, Strategic Approaches for a Gender- Responsive Global Compact for Migration.  Monami Maulik of the Global Coalition on Migration and Jille Belisario of the Transnational Migrant Platform are co-conveners of the PGA.  WIMN is a member of the Global Coalition on Migration and a part of the International Planning Committee for the PGA.

In preparation for the GFMD, which focuses this year on inputs to the Global Compact on Migration, the Women in Migration Network has launched ten Issue Briefs, highlighting key concerns and recommendations for a strong, human rights based and gender-responsive Global Compact.  See each of these briefs below.

  1. General Concerns
  2. Women’s Agency
  3. Push Factors
  4. Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia
  5. Regularisation
  6. Criminalisation & Firewalls
  7. Trafficking
  8. Smuggling
  9. Borders & Detention
  10. Labor Migration
  11. Consideraciones Generales (En Espanol)

UN Women and WIMN Side Event at GFMD

UN Women and the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) will host a side event at the Tenth Global Forum for Migration and Development, Common Space on Friday, 30 June in Berlin on Strategic Approaches for a Gender- Responsive Global Compact for Migration.

UN Women together with experts from the Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee), the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) have developed Recommendations for Addressing Women’s Human Rights in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (the “Recommendations”). In addition to participating in this process, WIMN has also elaborated key points for consideration in the global compact.

The side event will share key elements of the Recommendations. The Event will also discuss strategic, innovative and collaborative approaches to ensure the incorporation of a gender perspective into the global compact on migration goes beyond commitments just on paper and translates into practical and concrete action. The event also aims to strengthen capacity and accountability of stakeholders to promote the rights of women in migration in the development and implementation of the global compact.

Ms. Carolina Gottardo, Women in Migration Network will moderate the session.  Speakers include:

  • Ms. Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration (video contribution)
  • Mr. Erasmo Lara Cabrera, Director General for Human Rights and Democracy of the Ministry Foreign Affairs Mexico
  • Ms. Inkeri Von Hase, Programme Analyst, UN Women
  • Ms. Genevieve Sauberli,  Human Rights Office in the Migration Team, OHCHR
  • Ms. Nicola Piper, Women in Migration Network

Click here for concept note

Click here for flyer

Click here for video presentation by Ms. Louise Arbour