United Nations Headquarters
Conference room 7
New York, NY 10017
This event is co-organized by the United Nations University Office in New York (UNU-ONY), the UNU Migration Network and UN Women. It is held against the backdrop of informal thematic sessions feeding into intergovernmental negotiations for a Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration, to help diplomatic communities in New York engage with the latest academic research and thinking on relevant migration policy issues.
In an age of unprecedented human mobility within and between countries, women are migrating more frequently for work and other reasons, to more destinations, and in greater numbers than ever before. A Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration should acknowledge women’s agency and the immense contributions made by migrant women to sustainable development and social change in countries of origin, transit and destination.
This multi-disciplinary panel seeks to identify actions and strategies that member states and other stakeholders can take to promote and protect women’s human rights in migration governance, and in particular the global compact for migration. The panel will also identify interventions that enable or constrain women’s enjoyment of their human rights, both among those who migrate and those who stay behind.
Panellists will reflect on how states can best develop gender-responsive, human rights-based migration policies which recognize the agency of women in migration, promote their empowerment and leadership and moves away from addressing migrant women primarily through a lens of victimhood.
Departing from the essential recognition of migrant women as motors of development for the societies they bridge, panellists will consider questions such as: How can states ensure that policies, legal frameworks, and programmes address gender-based discrimination and violence against migrant women in their development and implementation? What are the measures, conditions and mechanisms in which migration contributes the most positively to the lives of women who move and who stay behind, for example through access to decent work, public services and social protection? In what ways can fair and dignified working conditions be assured for women migrant workers, particularly those working in sectors that are undervalued and susceptible to exploitation?