Stories of Women in Migration

The Women & Global Migration Working Group focuses on Women IN Migration. This goes beyond migrant women to explore the realities of all women affected by migration, including:

* women whose families are separated when husbands or children migrate

* women searching for lost loved ones along the migrant trail

* women forced to migrate with family members for safety or economic reasons

* women who move to escape domestic or anti-LGBT violence

* women detained, trafficked or exploited in transit while trying to migrate

* women who migrate on short term labour contracts

* women who are forced to return home, often leaving children behind

* women who seek opportunities at home so they are not forced to migrate

At the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Working Group has created a participatory workshop to explore women in migration in the context of the global inequalities, looking at different ways that survival migration affects women. During the session 15 stories of women in migration will be explored. You can read them here. This is the beginning of a larger project to gather these stories. Your contributions are welcome, at

Akina – Kenya “Right to Remain at Home”

Brenda – Honduras to Mexico “Woman Who Remains in Transit”

Parwana – Afghanistan to Germany “Woman Refugee Seeking Asylum”

Berta – Honduras “Right to Remain Home”    Spanish

Rebeca – El Salvador to US “Refugee from Violence, Without Status”     Spanish

Viola – Zimbabwe to South Africa “Young Migrant Woman”

Laura – Mexico to US “Transgender Undocumented Migrant”

Bea – Philippines to Denmark “Undocumented Migrant Woman”

Ambar – Dominican Republic to Argentina “Trafficked Migrant Woman”

Mrs. Sheik – India to Kuwait to Saudi Arabia “Migrant Woman Contract Worker”

Fabiola – Dominican Republic to Haiti “Stateless Due to Racism”    Spanish

Blanca – El Salvador to Mexico “Missing Migrant Son”

Cristina – Philippines “Woman Who Remains Home”

Iscah – Kenya to Saudi Arabia “Migrant Woman Contract Worker”

Alimata – Burkina Faso “Woman Whose Partner Migrates”

Teresa – El Salvador to US “Threatened by Gangs, Abused by Immigration”     Spanish

Mariana – Mexico to US “A Bittersweet Journey”

Maria – Mexico to US “Fleeing to Be Valued as a Woman”



Grid- Government Accountability on SDGs     Spanish