EDD18 Women and Girls on the Move

At this years European Development Day, the International Organization for Migration focused on promoting the safety and empowerment of migrant girls and women.

“Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century contributing significantly to all aspects of economic and social development, and as such will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Safe, orderly and regular migration, allow women to develop their skills, flourish as entrepreneurs, and contribute to economic growth. The 2030 Agenda explicitly recognizes the economic value of migrants; but women and girls, representing 48 per cent of all international migrants, are still exposed to gender specific vulnerabilities. This High Level Panel, moderated by the Swiss Agency for development and cooperation, discusses how the EU and its partners can empower women and girls to improve their socioeconomic status.”

“Women and girls on the Move: Towards Safer Work and Migration for Women” –the panelists are set to discuss how safe, orderly and regular migration can mitigate vulnerable situations and allow women to develop new skills, flourish as entrepreneurs, and contribute more to the growth of their host and home countries. On the High-level Panel, Ambassador Thompson will join Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator; Isatou Touray, Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment of the Republic of the Gambia; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director; Audrey Le Guével, Director of the Brussels office, ILO; and Esther Nakajjigo, EDD Youth Representative from Uganda. Discussions will be moderated by Ambassador Thomas Gass, Assistant Director General of the SDC.

To watch the full video, “Women and Girls on the Move: Towards Safer Work and Migration for Women”: 

Latin America Advocates Free Movement at GCM

At the meeting for the Latin American regional consultation for the Global Compact on Migration, there were calls for the inclusion of free movement in the Global Compact. Many at the meeting said that there were pleased to be able to discuss the issue of migration at such a high level in the UN because it is often ignored or misconstrued by those with a xenophobic agenda.

The participants also discussed the push factors that create migration. They argued that more needs to be done to address poverty and violence in the region if they are to tackle root causes of migration. Many delegates also pointed out that destinations countries should recognise the benefits migrants bring to their economies. 

For the full story visit the IPS article here

Regional Input for the Global Compact on Migration

In the lead up to the UN Global Compact on Migration, the Women in Migration Network is seeking input from women in all regions in order to better understand the specific realities faced by women in migration across the world and to formulate policy recommendations.  We want to hear the urgent concerns of women in migration (in home, transit, destination and return countries) and specific policy recommendations.  What policy would improve the lives and fulfill the human rights of women in migration?

Please submit your comments by September 30, 2017. These will be integrated into a document to be shared with UN member states at the December intergovernmental “synthesis” meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, and in 2018 negotiations on the Global Compact in New York.  

We look forward to hearing from you! 


Our documents

WIMN’s statement on the Global Compact on Migration here in English, French, and Spanish.

Issue Briefs:

  1. General Concerns. Spanish.
  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