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

Protecting Migrant Domestic Workers

ilo-migrant-domestic-workers-coverThis report is published by the International Labor Organization (ILO) through its Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and Their Families.

From the Summary: Worldwide, an estimated 67 million people over the age of 15 are domestic workers. Of those, 83 per cent are women. Among the world’s domestic workers, many millions have migrated from their homes to another country for work. Due to the fact that domestic work is carried out in the employer’s house and to the nature of the tasks performed, it is often associated with women’s unpaid work. Most domestic work remains informal, performed outside of labour and social protection regulations. Non-compliance is decreasing but still high. Domestic work remains one of the least protected sectors under national labour laws and it suffers from particularly poor monitoring and implementation of existing laws.1 Migrant domestic workers (MDWs) are even less protected by the law. Migrant domestic workers are vulnerable to human rights abuses, due to inequalities determined by gender, race, ethnicity, national origin and social status.

You can download the entire report here.

Click here to see more information on the Global Action Programme and to view other reports.

Mujeres Migrantes en Su Ruta Africana

Alianza por la Solidaridad trabaja en Mauritania y en otras partes de África atajando los problemas y afrontando las causas de la migración, no sólo las consecuencias. Frente a la idea de “plaga” a la que el primer ministro ingles David Cameron hace alusión, nosotros queremos hacer un retrato de las personas que emigran y la terrible injusticia que en Europa está cometiendo con ellos. En este caso, con ellas.

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Miles de inmigrantes subsaharianos atraviesan cada año Mauritania. Muchos son mujeres con sus hijos que se quedan atrapadas en el camino durante meses, o años porque las rutas hacia el Norte están bloqueadas. El problema de estas mujeres es que están en un país que legalmente les otorga derechos, pero que en la realidad se los quita. Un estudio de Alianza por la Solidaridad revela las barreras a las que decenas de miles de personas se enfrentan y plantea soluciones para acabar con su vulnerabilidad. La investigación, realizada por la ONG española Alianza por la Solidaridad junto con la Misión Católica (MC), se centró en la realidad de Nuadibú, una zona clásica de paso migratorio. En la ciudad se han registrado oficialmente 14.900 migrantes, si bien algunos estudios incrementan la cifra hasta 40.000. Cerca del 30% son mujeres, a menudo acompañadas por sus hijos. Casi todos llegaron a Nuadibú por razones culturales y lazos familiares, huyendo de conflictos en sus países o de la pobreza.

El estudio refleja cómo la legislación mauritana distingue entre extranjeros “privilegiados” y los desheredados. Estar en una u otra categoría depende de que tengas el dinero para conseguir una tarjeta de residencia, que cuesta unos 75 euros, una cantidad de la que muchos no disponen.

 

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