UN High Level Dialogue on Migration & Development 2013

National Priorities, Tools for Collaboration, & Accountability

The UN General Assembly (68th session) held a High Level Dialogue on Migration & Development in New York from 3-4 October.  Member states issued a Declaration calling for respect of human rights and international labor standards. At the same time, 91 member states made speeches where they lifted up national and international priorities regarding migration.  Civil Society organized interactive hearings on 15 July, 2013 and brought a Five Year Action Plan for collaboration to the High Level Dialogue. Referencing that plan, women from around the world released a platform on Women in Migration.

As a tool for follow-up, collaboration and accountability, the Global Coalition on Migration and the Women & Global Migration Working Group have compiled an assessment of each of the national speeches made at the High Level Dialogue regarding mention of civil society priority concerns, including gender issues. This is a contribution to our efforts over the next five years to see concrete outcomes from the High-Level Dialogue.  We welcome input to this work in progress and particularly welcome feedback on how you are using it as a tool for advocacy with your government. Our thanks to Justine Ulanday, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Kyle Dyer, United Methodist Women for their research.

Click here to download the full tool.

2014 PGA to Take Place in Stockholm, Sweden

Migrants Rights International (MRI) and the International Committee for the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA), are pleased to announce that the 2014 PGA will take place this year in Stockholm, Sweden, on 9-11 May (Friday-Sunday) 2014.  General details are as follows:

Dates & Times

– 9 May (Friday); 5:00pm (17:00) – 9:00pm (21:00)

– 10 May (Saturday); 9:00am (09:00) – 9:00pm (21:00)

– 11 May (Sunday);  9:00am (09:00) – 9:00pm (21:00)


Stadsmissionens folkhögskola (City Mission School)

Lövholmsvägen 18, Stockholm, Sweden


For more information about the 2014 PGA and future updates, please visit: www.PeoplesGlobalAction.org. Registration information and other details will be posted as they become available.

WGMWG at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

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The Women’s Global Migration Working Group was active at the NGO Forum to the United Nations Convention on the Status of Women in New York. On Thursday, March 13, 2014, WGMWG conducted a workshop at the forum entitled Flipping the Post-2015 Development Discourse: Promoting Accountability for Women and Migrant Human Rights & Social Protection.

The aim of the workshop was to bring attention to the role powerful actors have in creating policies that under-develop communities, regions, and nations.  Any  Sustainable Development Goals that do not address power relations regarding decision-making and resources are likely to fail. While social protections such as healthcare, education and income security are guaranteed in human rights law, they are denied to millions of people due to the redirection of resources to elites. While the lack of access to social protection often causes women to migrate to new countries, they often find they are denied protection in destination countries as well. The interactive workshop allowed attendees to look at the state of social protection in their own countries, identify policies and actors that block the delivery of economic and social human rights, and examine strategies to hold state and non-state actors accountable.

The workshop was facilitated by Catherine Tactaquin of National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights and Migrant Rights International; Carol Barton of United Methodist Women; and Bhumika Muchhala of Third World Network. Speakers at the workshop included Sr. Lissy Joseph of Migrant Forum Asia who organizes Domestic Workers in India; Monami Maulik, the Executive Director of Desis Rising Up and Moving/ DRUM in New York City; and Marieke Koning of the International Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. [Click here to read more about the workshop written by Tara Barnes of United Methodist Women.]

This workshop was only the beginning to a larger conversation around the need for accountability in social protection for women and migrants. WGMWG invites you to contribute your knowledge and experience. How does social protection look in your country? Why?

Click here to view and contribute to a working document on social protection policies in international human rights law and development agendas – a tool for national accountability.

Click here to fill out a social protection report card for your country.

Send your suggestions/additions to info@wgmwg.org