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UN Women statement for International Migrants Day 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

International Migrants Day provides us with a chance to reflect on the positive contributions that migrant women and men, and their families make in countries of origin, transit and destination, and reaffirms the importance of ensuring that their human rights are protected and promoted at all stages of migration. More

Take five: “We must support women and girls, especially survivors, to lead change”

Friday, December 14, 2018

Jaha Dukureh, Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, is a survivor of FGM and was forced into child marriage at age 15. Recently, she participated at the “North Africa Sub-Regional Dialogue on Child Marriage and FGM/C”, organized by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States and North Africa in November 2018. In this interview, Ms. Dukureh speaks to UN Women about how best to address the particular vulnerabilities faced by migrant women and girls. More

Putting the rights of migrant women at the centre of the Global Compact for Migration

Friday, December 7, 2018

As world leaders convene to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Global Compact for Migration) in Morocco this week, ensuring that the voices, experiences and needs of migrant women and girls is at the heart of the discussions, is the clarion call issued by UN Women. More

Event coverage: Towards an international agreement on migration policies that work for women

Saturday, September 29, 2018

On Friday, 28 September, during the high-level week of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York, a side event on “Promoting Gender-Responsive Migration Governance through the Global Compact for Migration” discussed the importance of human rights-based and gender-responsive implementation of the Global Compact for Migration. More

Executive Director remarks at the event Promoting Gender-Responsive Migration Governance through the Global Compact for Migration

Friday, September 28, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the high-level event on Promoting Gender-Responsive Migration Governance through the Global Compact for Migration, New York, 28 September 2018 More

Expert’s take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights

Friday, August 17, 2018

Iris Bjorg Kristjansdottir is a Gender and Humanitarian Specialist at the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia based in Turkey. She has over 15 years of experience in migration policy and refugee response, working with the United Nations, the Government of Iceland, the local government in Reykjavik and with non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining UN Women, she served as a Senior Advisor on Migration for the Ministry of Justice in Iceland. More

One woman’s journey to find hope in Turkey, after escaping Syria

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Menal Suleyman, at the age of thirty, is a mother of three, a widow, and a refugee from Syria. Fleeing the violence in Syria, Suleyman has found a new life, and hope, in Turkey, assisted by the “SADA Women-only Centre”, a UN Women-led project in Gaziantep. More

UN Women statement for World Refugee Day 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

On World Refugee Day, UN Women calls on the global community to ensure that the global compact on refugees provides the services, protection and resources that all refugees need, addressing the rights of all. More

Resilient and empowered, South Sudanese refugee women find new beginnings in Uganda

Monday, June 18, 2018

More than one million South Sudanese refugees have crossed over the border into Uganda since 2013. Along with immediate assistance, they need long-term support, including therapy to cope with trauma and opportunities to earn a living. UN Women-supported therapy groups in one refugee settlement have helped women come together, heal and discover new beginnings. More

From where I stand: “Always rely on yourself”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Maha Aasi Emm Ala’a, a Syrian refugee, came to the UN Women-run women’s centre in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp with severe depression after her husband passed away. She received counseling and found tailoring work through the cash-for-work programme. As refugee crises become more protracted, humanitarian assistance must take into account immediate and long-term needs of women and girls. The women’s centres in Za’atari Refugee Camp are building women’s resilience and empowering them as leaders, workers and entrepreneurs. More

In the words of Rabiha Khalloof: “Our society needs women to help future generations succeed”

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rabiha Khalloof is a 47-year-old Syrian refugee who fled Syria almost three years ago. She is among 520 Syrian women refugees in Lebanon who have received training and economic assistance from the third phase of a UN Women project, funded by the Government of Japan and the Ford Foundation. Today Khalloof is earning an income for the first time and aspiring to teach other women to start their own businesses. More

From where I stand: “I kept the courage and managed to escape”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Saleema Rahman is an advocate for the rights and safe migration of women domestic workers from India. Her journey as a women’s rights advocate began after she came back from Saudi Arabia, having overcome many hardships as a domestic worker herself. More

Solar lamps, alternative fuel, feminine hygiene products—relief that counts in the practical needs of Rohingya women refugees

Monday, February 19, 2018

Through the months of December and January, UN Women, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) and ActionAid Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar, distributed dignity kits to 7,893 households, specifically targeting female-headed households, pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls and women and girls with special needs. More

“I want to help other women”—Rohingya women strive to reclaim a life of dignity

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Marie Sophie Pettersson is Humanitarian Action and Resilience Building Programme Specialist with UN Women, currently working in Myanmar. She visited Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from October-December 2017 to support UN Women’s engagement in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response. Marie Sophie has worked with UN Women since 2014 in crisis and disaster response, recovery, preparedness and resilience building. Prior to joining UN Women, she worked in Bangladesh on economic empowerment programmes and innovations to address poverty. More

A UN Women booklet helps smooth the journey for Lao migrant workers in Thailand

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

UN Women's Safe Migration Booklet, which features the always-upbeat Thai cartoon character Noohin (Little Hin), tells the migrants everything they need to know to make their journeys smooth and trouble-free. More

After years of working overseas, migrant women return home and build businesses 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Worries that many female migrants like Ellen Elecanal have about the future have been eased by a programme called "Coming Home, Reintegration of Migrant Domestic Workers in the Philippines", supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. More

Migrant women — stories you should know and tell

Friday, December 15, 2017

People have been on the move since the beginning of civilization. The world as we know evolved as the first of our species migrated out of Africa. Today, people are on the move for many different reasons — to escape poverty, conflict and devastation within their own countries, to expand their education, livelihoods and opportunities, and to join their loved ones. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of international migrants increased by 41 per cent to reach 244 million; and almost half of... More

Joint statement for International Migrants Day, 18 December, by the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and UN Women

Friday, December 15, 2017

On International Migrants Day, we call for the development of a gender-responsive global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration that promotes and protects the human rights of all migrants, and especially women and girls. More

EU, ILO and UN Women join forces to realize women migrant workers' rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region

Monday, November 20, 2017

The European Union (EU), International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Women are launching a new joint programme to address women migrant workers' vulnerabilities to violence, trafficking and labour exploitation More

Supporting Rohingya refugee women impacted by Cyclone Mora in Bangladesh

Monday, June 5, 2017

UN Women in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is helping provide emergency shelters and other supports to ensure the safety and protection of thousands of women in the two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district in southeast Bangladesh that was struck by Cyclone Mora in the morning of 30 May 2017. At least 27 refugees were injured by the storm. More

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