WIMN is Hosting a Women’s Caucus in New York on July 17

You are invited to a Women’s Caucus on July 17 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm in preparation for the Interactive Multi-stakeholder Hearing on July 18 and the United Nation General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants on September 19. The Caucus will be hosted by the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) and will take […]

Five Years of Progress for Domestic Workers, But Much Still to be Done

In the five years since the International Labour Organization adopted Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, governments in nearly 50 countries have updated their legislation to provide better employment protection for domestic workers, and 22 countries have already ratified the Convention. An estimated 15 million workers now have improved rights and protections at work, included the […]

PICUM Expert Roundtable: Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services as Part of the Right to Health Care

By Tara Ohl, PICUM Trainee and Alyna Smith, PICUM Advocacy Officer Among the obstacles undocumented migrants face in realising their fundamental rights are the multiple barriers to access health care, including sexual and reproductive health services. Most EU member states limit access to emergency care only for undocumented migrants, while a limited number provide access […]

World Health Day: Uphold Undocumented Migrants’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

BRUSSELS, 7 April 2016 – On the occasion of World Health Day, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) urges governments to change legislation and practices to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services for all, regardless of residence status. The right to sexual and reproductive health is well established in international […]

On International Women’s Day: End Violence Against All Women, Regardless of Migration Status

This International Women’s Day, March 8th, is celebrated during a period of intense global movement of migrants and refugees—and corresponding levels of racial and xenophobic hostility as well as inspiring acts of generous humanity. At the global level, many governments are torn by the reality of unprecedented numbers of people on the move, multiplying the […]

Aiding Central America’s “Women on the Run”

By issuing tourist and humanitarian visas to migrants, the Mexican government could begin to move past the failures of U.S.-backed border militarization. [Jan. 7, 2016] Published on NACLA (https://nacla.org) This is the fourth and final article in NACLA’s multi-part series on migration in the Americas. (Read the other parts here [3], here [4], and here [5]). […]

The Town of Women: A Place Where Wives Don’t See Their Husbands for Years

By Laeila Adjovi There is a town in West Africa where it has become traditional for men to leave and seek work in Italy. The women are often left behind for years, or even for decades. But Beguedo in Burkina Faso is not unique. There are other towns in Africa where the same thing occurs – […]

WGMWG Plays Active Role in Civil Society Days, GFMD 2015

Civil Society Days — GFMD Rapporteur on Women’s Final Report Press Release: On Eve of International Forum on Migration and Development… The Women & Global Migration Working Group (WGMWG) will play an active role at the Civil Society Days (CSD-GFMD) in Istanbul, 12-14 October, as presenters and advocates.  Gender rapporteurs will monitor all of the […]

Detained Migrants Were Allegedly Abused, Neglected, and Traumatized

By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee A 14-year-old Guatemalan migrant is left stranded in a wooded area in Mexico after the freight train she was traveling on had a minor derailment. Credit: Rebecca Blackwell/AP After she arrived at an immigrant detention facility, a Guatemalan woman who sought out medical care for an ear injury and extreme pain […]

Rohingya Women Flee Violence Only to Be Sold Into Marriage

By Chris Buckley and Ellen Barry GELUGOR, Malaysia — The young woman had been penned in a camp in the sweltering jungle of southern Thailand for two months when she was offered a deal. She fled Myanmar this year hoping to reach safety in Malaysia, after anti-Muslim rioters burned her village. But her family could […]