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08 March 2018

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A woman celebrates her participation in a cash-for-work project in the Central African Republic © IOM

IOM Celebrates Migrant Women, Girls and Values Diversity on the Move

IOM – Women and girls represent a significant proportion of people on the move worldwide, all of whom carry with them a heart full of hope, a mind filled with ideas, and a diverse range of migration experiences.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, stands with each and every one of them on International Women’s Day 2018 and embraces the official United Nations theme: Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives. We stand together with them and raise our voices with and in support of all migrant women and girls.

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Data on Caribbean work force participation rates shows a concerning gender disparity in the labour market. © IOM

Amplifying Voices: Empowering Caribbean Women through Migration

IOM – It is impossible to understand the Caribbean region without considering migration and its effects. This region has experienced – and is still experiencing – several migratory movements which have contributed to the configuration of Caribbean societies. The feminization of migration, the emigration of skilled professionals to developed countries, and intra-regional migration are some of the current trends in the region.

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Sister Catharina during an interview with IOM staff in Indonesia. © IOM

Indonesia’s “Sister of Gender Equality” Tells Her Story

IOM – Sister Catharina is popularly known as "Sister Gender" or "Sister of Gender Equality" for her continuous promotion of gender equality in Lampung Province, Indonesia. Sister Catharina, who is a part of Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, has been a women's rights activist since 1997, supporting in particular women who are victims and survivors of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.

Watch Sister Catharina’s interview by IOM Indonesia on how she became involved in the struggle for gender equality and what her hope is for the future.

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Young women with their imzads and their trainer, Tamlait Tababekou (lower right), at a workshop in Agadez. ©IOM

Preserving Imzad, the Music of the Sahel, Strengthens Women’s Roles as Messengers of Peace in Niger

USAID – When night falls in Agadez, the city in central Niger known as “the gateway to the Sahara” desert, one might hear melodic sounds resonating from the imzad. This single-stringed bowed instrument is a centerpiece of the Tuareg culture, and has been part of life in Algeria, Mali and Niger for centuries.

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Migration in the News

  • ANSA reported that IOM and UNICEF are offering school bus services in Jordan to provide greater security and more opportunities for young Syrians.
  • Info Migrants reported that more than 2,000 migrants who faced little or no chances of being granted asylum, had left Greece and returned to Albania, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
  • NBC reported that workers are scrambling to reinforce shelters and dig drainage systems for Rohingya refugees before the bad weather is expected next month.
  • AP reported that Nigerian teenagers and young women selling sex is a common sight for motorists in Italy, a haunting reminder that while Italy has been successful in curbing immigration from Libya, it has largely failed to help a fraction of the migrants trafficked as sex slaves.
  • Nigeria’s Vanguard reported that in an effort to tackle irregular migration in the country, the Federal Government has inaugurated the Migration Resource Centre in Benin City, Edo State.
  • Ghana MMA reported that some 151 Ghanaian migrants in Libya will return to Ghana soon, Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway has said.
  • iNews Guyana reported that Guyana has welcomed the recently completed first round of talks on migration at UN Headquarters as “a milestone in the global migration dialogue”.
  • APO and Sudan Tribune reported that representatives from the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities signed a community peace agreement to support peaceful coexistence between the two groups.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reported that the UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said he was shocked at repressive policies being pursued in the United States and Europe, especially the increasingly harsh treatment of migrants.
  • Digital Journal reported that hundreds of young west African men who have trudged over the Alps from Italy are mourning the lost years they spent on the road to Europe.


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