Re-imagining Human Mobility Through a Gender Lens

Re-imagining Human Mobility Through a Gender Lens

Dec 17, 2020
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm
  • Online

Gender influences reasons for migrating, who migrates and to where, how people migrate and the networks they use. It can dictate opportunities and resilience mechanisms, as well as risks and vulnerabilities. The roles, expectations, relationships and power dynamics associated with being a woman, man, or being in the spectrum of a specific gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, can affect positively or negatively, aspects of the migration process.  

Moreover, migration and mobility will continue to be a defining feature of the landscape in Europe and the world in the foreseeable future. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize good migration governance as an enabler of sustainable development. Specifically, SDG target 10.7 commits Member States to facilitate orderly, safe, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies. 

In this context, IOM’s Regional Office in Brussels will host an expert discussion on Re-imagining Human Mobility through a gender lens. The event will bring together different panelists to engage in a discussion on key recommendations and practices on how gender can be mainstream in migration policies and programmes, recommendations on how to eradicate the inequalities affecting migrant women and girls, particularly in a COVID19 and climate change context, and how can the contributions of migrants be better reflected in the recovery effort, and overall, in sustainable development. 

• Opening remarks by Mr. Ola Henrikson, Regional Director of IOM Regional Office for the EEA, the EU and NATO
• Panel discussion:
- Maria Chiara Piazza, Policy Officer in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development’s Migration and Employment Unit
- Bashàïr Ahmed, PhD Founder and Executive Director of Shabaka
- Anna Knoll, Head of Migration Programme, ECDPM
- Vera Fonseca, Head of Gender and Intersectionality at the Portuguese High Commission for Migration
- Daniel Redondo, IOM Senior Regional Migrant Protection and Assistance Specialist.
- The discussion will be moderated by Xavier Orellana, IOM Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Human Resources Management.

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