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Safer Migration for Rural Women on International Women’s Day

Geneva, 8 March 2012 On International Women’s Day 2012, more women than ever before are joining the ranks of the world’s migrants to support their families and improve their economic status.  As migrants, they face unique challenges – none more so than the rural women who are the focus of this year’s IWD.

Despite growing gender equality and the empowerment of women, rural women, who represent about a quarter of the world’s population, still suffer from the lowest incomes, the least education, and less political and social influence than either rural men or urban populations.By definition they are more vulnerable than other migrant groups and therefore require greater protection from all states committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

IOM therefore calls on the international community to:

•     Promote safe migration for women in rural areas, including the prevention of trafficking in human beings, as well as the facilitation of rural women’s access to reliable legal migration information, identity and travel documents, as well as migration services.

•     Promote a better regulation of the migration of domestic and care workers in the countries of origin, as well as promote protection mechanisms and adequate conditions of employment in the countries of destination.

•     Promote gender-sensitive pre-departure orientation programmes for future migrants, including those engaged in transnational marriage migration.

•     Provide gender-sensitive humanitarian assistance to rural women in emergency settings, including natural disasters, and promote the full participation of women in community-based strategies to adapt to climate change and environmental degradation.

•     Promote rural women’s full enjoyment of their human rights and effective access to redress and justice in case of gender-based violence or exploitation, as well as provide assistance to victims of violence and abuse, including return and reintegration options.

•     Promote migrant workers’ access to affordable health and social services, including sexual and reproductive health services

•     Provide tailored support to women acting as heads of household as a result of migration and promote support services for the families left behind.

•     Support the economic empowerment of women in rural areas, including through the promotion of schemes building on remittances.

•     Research and collect data on the situation of rural women and girls and their migration behaviours

•     Foster interstate dialogue and enhance bilateral, regional, interregional and international cooperation to better regulate and protect women migrant workers and promotion of gender-sensitive international migration policies.

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