WIMN at III Thematic Session for GCM

Members of the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) spoke at the Third informal thematic session in Geneva on 19-20 June, 2017, in preparation for the Global Compact on Migration.  This session focused on International co-operation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration.

For text of all presentations, click here.

WIMN Geneva Third Thematic June 2017 flags

Women in Migration (WIMN) delegates at United Nations in Geneva

Genevieve Gencianos, Migration Programme Coordinator, Public Services International (PSI) addressed “international cooperation and governance of migration on return, readmission, integration and reintegration” from a trade union perspective. WIMN Third Thematic Gen GencianosGenevieve Gencianos of Public Services International and WIMN

Carolina Gottardo, representing WIMN, observed that the Compact “needs to go beyond current standards in a progressive manner that builds up on existing international law…States should focus policy on protecting rights, rather than “protecting” women, which limits autonomy and enjoyment of women’s rights.  She noted that “undocumented migration is not a crime. The rights of all migrants and asylum seekers, regardless of their immigration status should be upheld and they should be treated with dignity and respect. There should be a presumption against immigration detention in law and a commitment to end all forms of immigration detention.”  She called for expanded regularisation pathways for all migrants and asylum seekers.   Click here for remarks by Carolina Gottardo.

WIMN Third Thematic Carolina GottardoCarolina Gottardo of WIMN

Background:  Emerging from the September 19, 2016 Summit on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees, the New York Declaration called for a Global Compact on Migration, and another Compact on Refugees.  According  to the UN, “the global compactBac for migration will be the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.”

Preparations for the Compact include a series of six Thematic Sessions, Regional Consultations and Stakeholder Consultations in 2017, and then Intergovernmental negotiations in 2018.

WIMN Third Thematic Kate SheillKate Sheill, Consultant and WIMNWIMN Third Thematic Evalyn TennantEvalyn Tennant of GMPA and WIMN

WIMN Annual Report 2016

The Women in Migration Network Annual Report on Activities in 2016.  In 2016 the network organized around the:

  • UN Coordination Meeting on International Migration (February, New York)
  • UN Commission on the Status of Women (March, New York)
  • Civil Society Hearing for UNGA September 19 Summit on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees
  • AWID Forum, (September, Bahia, Brazil)
  • UNGA Summit on Large Movements of Migrants & Refugees, (September, New York)
  • UN Women Multi-stakeholder process for engendering the Global Compact, (November, Geneva, Switzerland)
  • People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights, (December, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • Civil Society Days and Common Space (civil society and governments) for the Global Forum on Migration & Development (December, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

For full report, click here.


WIMN speaks at 1st Thematic Session for GCM

Monami at thematic session 5.8.17

Members of the Women in Migration Network represented their respective organizations in key presentations during the First Thematic Session on the human rights Of migrants, social inclusion, cohesion and all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance”. The session was convened in Geneva on May 8 as the first of several such convenings in preparation of the Global Compact on Migration, a commitment from states that emerged from the High Level UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants held in New York in September 2016.

The presenters included Monami Maulik (at left), international advocacy coordinator for the Global Coalition on Migration; Paola Cyment (below left), of the Comisión Argentina para Refugiados y Migrantes (CAREF); and Michele Levoy of the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).

Civil society groups have urged that the human rights of all migrants center the framework for the global compact, and members of WIMN are coordinating efforts to ensure that a strong gender perspective, particularly in regards to the rights of migrant women as well as those who are left behind when others migrate, be respected and upheld.

Click here to read remarks from Monami Maulik, and click here for remarks from Paola Cyment.

Paola at thematic session 5.8.17