CSD & PGA (Berlin,2017)

GFMD Rapporteur Makes Recommendations

The Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development closed on 30 June with a day of strategy and recommendations for the Global Compact on Migration.  Carolina Gottardo of the Women in Migration Network, the Women Rapporteur,  addressed the plenary.  She assessed key issues on women in migration that had been raised during the CSD as well as recommendations for the Global Compact.

Gottardo quoted the UN Special Representative Louise Arbour , who said that “the Global Compact should aim to promote the best interest of women as women themselves define what is their best interest, and promote empowerment and leadership of women.”  Arbour spoke about elevating the focus of women and girls that has been too far neglected and securing a gender responsive Compact.

In her remarks, Gottardo lifted up the UN Women Recommendations on addressing the human rights of women in the Global Compact of Migration.  She called on civil society to use its power in the Global Compact process, not only aiming for what seems possible (potentially undermining existing standards), but aiming for strong human rights and gender responsive commitments.  This must be done with significant input from migrant-led groups, regional civil society groups, migrant women organisations and migrant women themselves, with a diversity of opinions from civil society.

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WIMN members at GFMD 2017 WIMN representatives at the Civil Society Days- Global Forum on Migration and Development, including Women Rapporteur Carolina Gottardo, second from left.

WIMN Launches Issue Briefs for GFMD

The tenth edition of the Global Forum on Migration & Development is being held from 28-30 June 2017 in Berlin, Germany.  The Civil Society Days take place from 29 June to July 1, to be followed by the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA).  The Women in Migration Network has a strong presence in each of these meetings.

Berenice Valdez Rivera, Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (IMUMI) of Mexico is civil society co-chair of the Civil Society Days, and Carolina Gottardo of Australia is the Women Rapporteur.  Both are WIMN members.  A delegation of 26 members will represent WIMN concerns at the Civil Society Days, meet with member states on the Common Space Day, and attend the PGA.  In addition, WIMN will co-host a side event with UN Women on 30 June, Strategic Approaches for a Gender- Responsive Global Compact for Migration.  Monami Maulik of the Global Coalition on Migration and Jille Belisario of the Transnational Migrant Platform are co-conveners of the PGA.  WIMN is a member of the Global Coalition on Migration and a part of the International Planning Committee for the PGA.

In preparation for the GFMD, which focuses this year on inputs to the Global Compact on Migration, the Women in Migration Network has launched ten Issue Briefs, highlighting key concerns and recommendations for a strong, human rights based and gender-responsive Global Compact.  See each of these briefs below.

  1. General Concerns
  2. Women’s Agency
  3. Push Factors
  4. Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia
  5. Regularisation
  6. Criminalisation & Firewalls
  7. Trafficking
  8. Smuggling
  9. Borders & Detention
  10. Labor Migration
  11. Consideraciones Generales (En Espanol)