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RECENT WORK 

 

The GCM Gender Series, presented by the Expert Working Group for addressing women's human rights in the Global Compact for Migration, aims to provide governments and other key stakeholders with clear and concrete guidance on ensuring that the human rights of all women and girls in migration are at the core of the Global Compact for Migration. Issue 1 of this guidance note series addresses the need for the development and implementation of gender-responsive migration policies in accordance with international human rights frameworks.

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The GCM Gender Series, presented by the Expert Working Group for addressing women's human rights in the Global Compact for Migration, aims to provide governments and other key stakeholders with clear and concrete guidance on ensuring that the human rights of all women and girls in migration are at the core of the Global Compact for Migration. Issue 2 of this guidance note series addresses the need for ensuring gender-responsive access to services and justice in the Global Compact for Migration, as outlined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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EXPERT WORKING GROUP

In the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted in September 2016, the General Assembly decided to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, ‘the Global Compact for Migration’. The Global Compact for Migration will be the first, intergovernmental negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. 

At such an important juncture for international migration governance, a group of committed experts established the Expert Working Group in January 2017 to ensure that the human rights of all women and girls in migration – representing approximately half of the estimated 260 million migrants worldwide – are fully promoted and protected in the Global Compact for Migration. 

How will it achieve this?

The Expert Working Group is tasked with mobilizing support for gender mainstreaming and ensuring that there is a standalone principle reaffirming the importance of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the Global Compact for Migration.

In pursuit of these aims, the Expert Working Group seeks to carry out the following activities:

  • Will hold meetings every 4-6 weeks
  • Members of the Expert Working Group will organise and participate in side events during relevant global and regional meetings, including the Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) Conference and the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
  • Foster collaboration among key stakeholders
  • Publish joint statements and other knowledge products in support of the group’s advocacy efforts
  • Disseminate the group’s flagship recommendations on addressing women’s human rights in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

Who are the members of the Expert Working Group?

The Expert Working Group is composed of individual experts from the following institutions:

  • Relevant human rights treaty bodies:
    • Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW)
    • Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
    • Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
    • Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

  • Special procedure mandate holders:
    • Working group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice
    • Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

 

  • UN agencies
    • International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
    • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
    • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
    • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
    • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

  • Civil Society Organisations:
    • Women in Migration Network (WIMN)
    • NGO Committee on Migration
    • RightsStart

  • Academia:
    • International Migration Research Centre (IMRC)

 

  • Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)

 

UN Women acts as the substantive Secretariat for the Expert Working Group, and the group is co-chaired by the Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on a rotational basis.

 

All members of the Expert Working Group are representing in their individual capacity as thematic experts and not necessarily on behalf of the organisation or agency to which they are affiliated.