UN Women and WIMN Side Event at GFMD

UN Women and the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) will host a side event at the Tenth Global Forum for Migration and Development, Common Space on Friday, 30 June in Berlin on Strategic Approaches for a Gender- Responsive Global Compact for Migration.

UN Women together with experts from the Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee), the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) have developed Recommendations for Addressing Women’s Human Rights in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (the “Recommendations”). In addition to participating in this process, WIMN has also elaborated key points for consideration in the global compact.

The side event will share key elements of the Recommendations. The Event will also discuss strategic, innovative and collaborative approaches to ensure the incorporation of a gender perspective into the global compact on migration goes beyond commitments just on paper and translates into practical and concrete action. The event also aims to strengthen capacity and accountability of stakeholders to promote the rights of women in migration in the development and implementation of the global compact.

Ms. Carolina Gottardo, Women in Migration Network will moderate the session.  Speakers include:

  • Ms. Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration (video contribution)
  • Mr. Erasmo Lara Cabrera, Director General for Human Rights and Democracy of the Ministry Foreign Affairs Mexico
  • Ms. Inkeri Von Hase, Programme Analyst, UN Women
  • Ms. Genevieve Sauberli,  Human Rights Office in the Migration Team, OHCHR
  • Ms. Nicola Piper, Women in Migration Network

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Click here for video presentation by Ms. Louise Arbour

WIMN Civil Society Days 2016 Recommendations

The Women in Migration Network has developed a set of recommendations for each of the thematic areas of the Civil Society Days/ Global Forum on Migration and Development 2016.  These provide resources for civil society deliberations during the CSD/GFMD and beyond, and accompany the Women’s Bridging Document of the Civil Society Days.  See Recommendations below.

Gender & Migration Analysis

CSD Thematic Areas

Theme 1: Doing Protection of Migrant Workers

Rights of Migrant Women Workers

Theme 2: Doing protection of migrants on the move

Migrants on the Move

Theme 3: Doing inclusive development

Inclusive Development

Theme 4: Doing global governance better

Global Governance

WIMN at GFMD 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

wimn-at-csd-bangladesh-2016-1The Women in Migration Network has a delegation of a dozen leaders at meetings related to the inter-governmental Global Forum on Migration and Development 2016 (GFMD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Members began with the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights from 5 – 7 December, where WIMN members played a leadership role in several thematic areas including a focus on global migration governance, borders and countering xenophobia.  WIMN also hosted a Women’s Caucus.  WIMN served on the PGA Coordinating Team.

On 8 December, WIMN joined over 300 representatives of civil society for the Civil Society Days of the GFMD.  WIMN contributed the Women’s Bridging Document for the event, and WIMN member Roshan Dadoo of Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CORMSA) serves as the Rapporteur on Women.  WIMN hosted an open Women’s Caucus to frame key points on gender & migration for the Global Compact on Migration, and a Side Event co-sponsored with UN Women, on advocacy strategies for engendering the Global Compact.  The CSD-GFMD culminates in an “Open Space” with governments on 10 December.  WIMN members will participate in thematic meetings with governments, including on gender and on xenophobia.   Several WIMN members serve on the International Steering Committee that plans the CSD-GFMD.

WIMN representatives at the CSD-GFMD are from Kenya, South Africa, Eritrea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines and the US.  WIMN is a member of the Global Coalition on Migration.