CSW 63 – WIMN’s Side Event on 14 March

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Leave No One Behind!

Migrant Women’s Access to Social Protection

Women in Migration Network (WIMN) UN-CSW 63 Parallel Event

Thursday, 14 March, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Second Floor, Church Center for the United Nations

Social Protection and decent work are a critical common link for women within their own countries and for women who migrate. Lack of adequate social protections in both countries of origin and destination put differentiated burdens on women. Cuts in social safety nets are one of the push-factors of migration for many women and their families. The roll back of social protection and shrinking wages in the global North have meant that women work longer hours and, when they can afford it, rely on low wage care workers, many of whom are migrant women of color.

In this context, feminists are exploring how to integrate agendas to understand how current policies specifically affect women in migration. Where are the places for building common agendas for greatest impact?

2019 marks the launch of the UN Global Compact for Migration, which is creating new UN infrastructure for international cooperation on Migration. The Global Compact for Migration, adopted last December by the UN General Assembly, is the first-ever comprehensive UN agreement on international migration and global migration governance. The Compact is “migrant -centered” and has gender-responsiveness and human rights as guiding principles. In this context, civil society launched a Marrakech Women’s Rights Manifesto, calling on governments to put women and girls at the center of migration policy—ensuring their full, equal and meaningful participation at local, national, regional and global levels and guaranteeing their human rights.

This event aims to discuss what cross-sectoral approaches feminists might take to affirm social protections, labor rights and access to social services for women in migration and all women. It will also seek to identify how feminist movements can take advantage of key moments and instruments in 2019 for advocacy. Finally, it will offer participants the opportunity to view and sign the Marrakech Women’s Rights Manifesto, which is being used as an advocacy tool on national and global migration policy. [http://womeninmigration.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Marrakech-Women-Manifesto-English.pdf]


Moderator:       Paola Cyment, WIMN

Speaker 1:         Monami Maulik, Global Coalition on Migration (GCM)

Speaker 2:         Leah Sullivan, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)

Speaker 3:         Gemma Adaba, Council of Global Unions

 Discussion Themes:

  • What cross-sectoral approaches might feminists take to affirm social protections labor rights and access to social services for all?
  • What could collaboration among women’s and migrants’ organizations look like at local and national level?
  • How can feminist movements take advantage of key moments and instruments in 2019, such as implementation of the new UN Global Compact for Migration and the High Level Political Forum, to advance the women’s rights and migrant rights agenda?


WIMN promotes women’s human rights at the center of all migration and development policy. WIMN convenes organizations to expand rights-centered policies that prioritize the interests of diverse women and families affected by migration around the world.


#MeToo: Rural Women, Migrant Women, Sexual Assault, Access to Justice

Please Join the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) UN-CSW 62 Parallel Event

Thursday, 15 March, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Chapel (ground floor), Church Center for the United Nations, E 44th Street and First Avenue

The Context:

As reports emerge about sexual harassment and assault of women, migrant women are hardly visible, though they are systematically placed in situations of greater vulnerability, and by policy, can be denied access to justice. Migration is a continuum within countries and across borders, driven by economic need, lack of decent work and social protections, conflict and climate change. Women face particular challenges in the migration process given their gendered roles in society. The workshop will look at both drivers of migration and migration realities, including gender based violence, access to justice, and women’s organizing in response.

Rural women may transition to urban settings when they are forced to migrate for work, meaning they carry both a rural and urban experience and bridge those two worlds. In fact, their remittances have become critical to the survival of rural families and communities, filling the gap when governments fail to guarantee decent work and social protections in rural communities.

UN member states are negotiating a new Global Compact on Migration in 2018 in New York as the UN-CSW meets. It is the first comprehensive United Nations negotiated agreement on national, regional and global migration policy and migration governance. Advocates are urging member states to create a human-rights based, gender-responsive Compact. The workshop will explore why a strong human rights-based Compact is relevant to the lives of rural migrant women workers and what is at stake. It should address the forces driving migration, particularly for rural women, the reality of gender-based violence, and rights of migrant women workers. Participants will be invited to join a global feminist campaign during the UN-CSW to advocate with Missions while in NY on three critical points related to migrant women in the Global Compact on Migration.

Program format: presentations, open dialogue

Moderator: Yanira Arias, Alianza Americas and WIMN

Realities and Organizing:

Lupe Gonzalo, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Harvest without Violence Campaign [Melody Gonzalez, Interpreter]

Sneha Mishra, Secretary, Aaina, India, member of GAATW

Global Compact on Migration and Global Migration Policy:

Representative, Women in Migration Network: Why Global Compact is important to these struggles

Representative, Trade Union delegation, critical labour rights concerns in Global Compact related to gender based violence for rural migrant women in the workplace

Action: WIMN: CSW62 Campaign for Women’s Rights in UN Global Compact on Migration – invitation to speak to Missions on key points

Discussion: How can global civil society support efforts to engender the UN Global Compact on Migration? What could implementation accountability look like at local and national level?

Sponsored by: Women in Migration Network, WIMN and

  • • Alianza Americas
  • • Black Alliance for Just Immigration
  • • Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • • Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, GAATW
  • • Global Coalition on Migration
  • • Global Migration Policy Associates
  • • International Trade Union Confederation
  • • National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, NNIRR
  • • Solidarity Center
  • • United Methodist Women

WIMN Parallel Event Flyer FINAL

WIMN Parallel CSW 62 Concept Note 2018 FINAL


CSW (NYC, 2014)