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.
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.
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.
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.