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.

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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.

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