Migrant Women And Gender Violence

Gender-based violence is one of the most serious violations of human rights, particularly affecting the right to comprehensive health and personal development and, in extreme cases, the right to life. Being a migrant can accentuate women’s vulnerability and exposure to situations of genderbased violence. The limited network of social or family support, a cultural context different from their own in which they are victims of discrimination, and structural inequalities – sustained by gender, class, age, ethnic, national and linguistic patterns – converge as a larger violation of their rights and as greater difficulties in accessing public services that assist in and prevent genderbased violence. This poses the challenge of including the particular aspects of migration in the approach taken by action aimed at eradicating violence and promoting the effective fulfillment of women’s rights.

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