The Marrakech Women’s Rights Manifesto

From a caravan of families crossing Mexico to raids in northern Morocco; from new fences being constructed in Europe to the exclusion of refugees in Australia; from people displaced by climate-related weather to those fleeing violence—migrants and refugees are in the news, and half of them are women who face particular challenges.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to demand that migrant women’s rights and leadership be put at the center of the migration debates and policies that hold sway over their lives. On 10-11 December, governments met in Marrakech to adopt the Global Compact for Migration, the first-ever international agreement on migration management. Women in Migration Network and Oxfam International led the development of the Marrakech Women’s Rights Manifesto, gathering hundreds of endorsements for organizations and advocates around the world, and shared the manifesto with world leaders, and through an active media campaign, to supporters around the world. We demanded that migrant women be put at the center of migration policy, now and going forward!

Read the Marrakech Women’s Rights Manifesto (English version) here.

See below for versions in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin.

The GCM promised to be “gender-responsive” and “a milestone in the history of the global dialogue and international cooperation on migration.” However, this will only be possible if women’s human rights, international labor standards and crucial principles are fully incorporated into all national, regional and global migration policy. That will depend on all of us!

Click here to read the background document, Women’s Rights in Global Migration Policy

See the video, Road to Marrakech: Help to Ensure the Rights of Women Migrants and Refugees are Upheld, produced by Oxfam International and Women in Migration Network

See the video from our press conference in Marrakech, announcing the Manifesto.


Co-organizers: Women in Migration Network (WIMN) and Oxfam International


Apoya el Manifiesto de Marrakech por los Derechos de las Mujeres [Spanish]

Appuie le Manifeste de Marrakech pour les Droits des Femmes [French]


Поддержите Марракешский Манифест Прав Женщин [Russian]

أيّد بيان حقوق المرأة بمراكش [Arabic]

Background Document – Women’s Rights in Global Migration Policy:

Antecedentes: los Derechos de las Mujeres en la Política Migratoria Global [Spanish]

Les droits des femmes dans les politiques migratoires mondiales [French]

背景:全球移民政策下妇女权利问题 [Mandarin]

Короткая информационная справка: Права женщин в международной миграционной политике [Russian]

: ﺣﻘوق اﻟﻣرأة اﻟﯾﺎﺳﺔ اﻟﺎﻟ ﻟﻠﮭﺟرة [Arabic]


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)

International Women’s Day 2017

On International Women’s Day 2017, the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) has released the statement, For Mobilization and Resistance to Claim the Human Rights of Women in Migration.”

 WIMN states, “On this International Women’s Day, the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) affirms that human rights are extended to all migrants and refugees, regardless of citizenship or migration status.”   

We are living in a context of heightened racism and xenophobia, with an upsurge of detentions, deportations and returns of migrants and refugees.  On March 8, “WIMN reaffirms its call for human rights FOR ALL, and demands that states deliver on these rights, including economic and social rights, and fulfill their commitments to international law.

“WIMN embraces the spirit of the global call for an International Women’s Strike and for a feminism of the 99% that challenges neo-liberalism, racism and xenophobia, neo-colonialism, war, intervention, occupation, and militarization of law enforcement within national borders…WIMN member organizations will be joining marches today in New York, Buenos Aires and other cities,” among other activities.

The network joins global partners in affirming No Borders on Gender Justice,” a call to stand together for gender justice and migrant rights. Inspired by the March 8th International Women’s Strike, this coalition works to ignite resistance to the conditions that have produced right-wing populism and given rise to authoritarian governance. New travel bans in the US have made it impossible for many in civil society to participate in United Nations deliberations such as the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UN-CSW).  WIMN joins in demanding their access to this and other UN spaces.

WIMN also makes a call for “living wages, full human rights and labor protections for women, including women in migration, an end to austerity and women’s full access to all social welfare benefits necessary to live free of poverty, regardless of migration status” and an end toall forms of violence, including gender-based violence, whether committed by private actors, police, soldiers, border agents or other state actors.”  WIMN lifts up the call of Global Unions to end gender-based violence in the workplace, including the need for an ILO convention to address this reality.

The network pledges “to intensify our efforts to mobilize and advocate for full human rights for women in migration, their families and communities.” 

For full document, click here.