World Health Day: Uphold Undocumented Migrants’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

BRUSSELS, 7 April 2016 – On the occasion of World Health Day, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) urges governments to change legislation and practices to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services for all, regardless of residence status. The right to sexual and reproductive health is well established in international […]

On International Women’s Day: End Violence Against All Women, Regardless of Migration Status

This International Women’s Day, March 8th, is celebrated during a period of intense global movement of migrants and refugees—and corresponding levels of racial and xenophobic hostility as well as inspiring acts of generous humanity. At the global level, many governments are torn by the reality of unprecedented numbers of people on the move, multiplying the […]

Aiding Central America’s “Women on the Run”

By issuing tourist and humanitarian visas to migrants, the Mexican government could begin to move past the failures of U.S.-backed border militarization. [Jan. 7, 2016] Published on NACLA (https://nacla.org) This is the fourth and final article in NACLA’s multi-part series on migration in the Americas. (Read the other parts here [3], here [4], and here [5]). […]

The Town of Women: A Place Where Wives Don’t See Their Husbands for Years

By Laeila Adjovi There is a town in West Africa where it has become traditional for men to leave and seek work in Italy. The women are often left behind for years, or even for decades. But Beguedo in Burkina Faso is not unique. There are other towns in Africa where the same thing occurs – […]

WGMWG Plays Active Role in Civil Society Days, GFMD 2015

Civil Society Days — GFMD Rapporteur on Women’s Final Report Press Release: On Eve of International Forum on Migration and Development… The Women & Global Migration Working Group (WGMWG) will play an active role at the Civil Society Days (CSD-GFMD) in Istanbul, 12-14 October, as presenters and advocates.  Gender rapporteurs will monitor all of the […]

Detained Migrants Were Allegedly Abused, Neglected, and Traumatized

By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee A 14-year-old Guatemalan migrant is left stranded in a wooded area in Mexico after the freight train she was traveling on had a minor derailment. Credit: Rebecca Blackwell/AP After she arrived at an immigrant detention facility, a Guatemalan woman who sought out medical care for an ear injury and extreme pain […]

Rohingya Women Flee Violence Only to Be Sold Into Marriage

By Chris Buckley and Ellen Barry GELUGOR, Malaysia — The young woman had been penned in a camp in the sweltering jungle of southern Thailand for two months when she was offered a deal. She fled Myanmar this year hoping to reach safety in Malaysia, after anti-Muslim rioters burned her village. But her family could […]

Women in Calais camps: ‘I have to focus on how I can stay alive.’

With the one women’s centre full, female migrants must take their chances in the main camp, often with children in tow and where there is no security A woman and her five-year-old child (under blanket) are approached by a French police officer during a nightly patrol of the Eurotunnel perimeter fence in Calais. Photograph: Yui […]

The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

By Lauren Wolfe Dirty white gates fronted the detention center on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a tiny speck between Sicily and Tunisia, where 71 women were being held. Beyond the bars, I could just make out laundry hanging from the building in which they were housed—maybe 100 yards away—a yellow scarf, a hot-pink piece […]

Threatened, assaulted, trapped: Asia’s treatment of domestic workers laid bare

by Bex Wright Hong Kong (CNN) “The first time she hit me was pay day; she told me to sign my name on a piece of paper, but I asked, ‘why should I sign when you didn’t give me the money?’ Then, she hit me.” A 30-year-old Indonesian domestic worker, who now calls herself Susi, […]