At the event, ‘Integrating a gender perspective in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration’ at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), UN Women, in partnership with the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, presented a set of expert recommendations that specifically address women’s human rights in the forthcoming global compact for migration. The recommendations are drawn from a joint programme by the European Union (EU) and UN Women, ‘Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Women Migrant Workers’ Labour and Human Rights’, and incorporates the experiences and voices of a full range of stakeholders involved in migration and its governance, including migrant women.
“These recommendations cover all aspects and all stages of migration, not only in origin and destination countries, but also during transit—a stage during which women are often highly vulnerable to exploitation and gender-based violence, often in the hands of traffickers,” said Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women speaking during a side event during CSW 61. “This comprehensive list of recommendations serves as a “one-stop shop” for gender-specific considerations in the formulation of human rights-based migration governance, highlighting specific areas that need to be strengthened in order to protect women migrants and recognize their agency throughout the migration journey and process,” she added.
Today 3.3 per cent of the world’s population is living outside their country of birth . People are migrating to escape poverty, improve their livelihood and opportunities, or to escape conflict and devastation in their own countries. Women represent almost half of the 244 million migrants worldwide . Yet, until recently, migrants have been viewed as a homogenous group, without considering their diverse experience and needs, based on their gender, sexual identity, disability and race. When policies are blind to gender, they make the experience of migration less empowering, or place women and girls at a heightened risk of labour and human rights violations.