WOMEN / GIRLS AND MIGRATION
Women/girls and migration
Women and girls represent almost half of the world's 258 million international migrants and every sixth domestic worker in the world is a migrant, with women making up more than 70 per cent of international migrant domestic workers.
Too many migrant women are often victims of discrimination and gender-based violence, including trafficking in persons, and migrant domestic workers often face abusive labour practices: this must end.
Special vulnerabilities of migrant women and girls need to be recognised, by incorporating a gender perspective into policies, national laws and programmes, so that human rights and dignity of all migrants are respected at every stage of migration, across countries of origin, transit and destination.
However migrant women are not only victims: they make important contributions to sustainable development and social change in home countries as well as countries of destination. A broad international effort should promote their empowerment and leadership. Only in this way development can be truly sustainable and inclusive.