Honoring Int'l Women's Day 2014 + March 13 Event

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With every advancing year, the intersection of women, migration and globalization expands and evolves, unfolding more complexities as well as opportunities for organizing and advocacy. In the U.S., women have not only continued to play leading and vibrant roles in the immigrant rights movement, but immigrant rights advocacy itself has become much stronger with a greater appreciation for the particular impacts of punitive and discriminatory policies on women.

Today, on March 8, International Women's Day, we call attention to the growing body of global action at the intersection of women and migration. In recent years, considerable awareness has been raised about the situation of the world's domestic workers, many of whom are migrant women, through the determined advocacy and organizing work to recognize the new Domestic Worker's Convention approved at the International Labor Organization.

Just as international migrants rights organizing and advocacy has expanded considerably in recent years, so have particular efforts to spotlight the relationship of women and migration. Following years of networking across countries and through international events and activities, NNIRR and partners in the US and in other countries have formed the Women and Global Migration Working Group (WGMWG). Formalized in 2012 at a global women's conference in Istanbul, the WGMWG brings together representatives from diverse backgrounds and sectors to address global and national migration policies as they affect women, and to hold states accountable to human rights commitments regarding women in migration.

According to the WGMWG "global platform", "Migration impacts women who move within and across borders as well as women who remain at home when family members leave. Migration affects women as workers, care-givers, and family members. Factors such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, age, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and legal status often contribute to the differential impact of migration.

"Women around the world who are impacted by migration affirm that states have the obligation to respect, protect and fulfill fundamental human rights, including women’s human rights, regardless of migration status. Gender is a necessary lens in shaping migration policy and development agendas." 

Visit the WGMWG website to learn more about the Working Group and to download a copy of the poster (designed by Favianna Rodriguez) seen here. You can also read and download the entire "global platform" of WGMWG here (in English, Spanish and French). 

This Week in New York: 
Women, Migration, and Development

The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) convenes in New York this Monday for its 58th session. In addition to formal sessions at the UN, numerous parallel events will convened nearby, many addressing issues of development, as the CSW theme focuses on "challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millineum Development Goals for women and girls."

With a critical eye towards how development strategies impact women and migrants, NNIRR has joined partners in co-hosting a side event - please join if you are in New York!

Flipping the Post-2015 Development Discourse: Promoting Accountability for Women & Migrant Human Rights & Social Protections

Thursday, March 13, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd floor (at E. 44th and 1st), New York City

"The focus of this interactive session is on new Sustainable Development Goals. Too little attention is paid to the powerful actors that intentionally and systematically UNDER-develop communities, regions and nations in both North and South.  Social Protections, including healthcare, education and income security are human rights guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet are denied to millions as resources are redirected towards elites. They should be at the core of the development agenda.  Lack of these rights is a major reason  that women migrate, and yet, when they arrive in new countries, women often are unable to access these services.  This interactive session will identify the policies and actors that block the delivery of economic and social human rights and examine strategies to hold state and non-state actors accountable."

Click here for a workshop flyer and list of other women and migration-themed parallel events at the CSW.

Migrants' Rights are Human Rights! Women's Rights are Human Rights!