Joint Statement on Women and Girls towards the Global Refugee and Migrant Summits, September 2016

This joint statement, signed by 42 grassroots women-led civil society organisations, human rights and humanitarian agencies, outlines recommendations for commitments by states attending the Global Refugee and Migrant Summits, to ensure the protection and safety of refugee women and girls.

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Déclaration conjointe (français) - download PDF

Declaración conjunta (Español) - download PDF

Joint statement (Arabic) - download PDF

The recommendations are:

  1. Ensure displaced women and girls meaningfully participate in all aspects of the Summits themselves and follow-up implementation, monitoring and accountability efforts.
  2. Implement safe and legal migration routes, including through expanded family reunification options for refugees, rather than a policy of deterrence. Ensure access to effective asylum and legal protection mechanisms for all migrants.
  3. End the arbitrary and prolonged detention of asylum seekers and migrants. Increase support for alternatives to detention.
  4. Make an explicit, detailed commitment to protect all displaced women and girls from gender-based violence while in transit, in reception centres and upon reaching their destinations.
  5. Expand access for women to legal and safe livelihoods opportunities that leverage their capacity to sustain and protect themselves and their families.
  6. Ensure that all refugee and migrant girls have access to quality, safe and inclusive education at all levels.   
  7. Reform gender discriminatory nationality laws to ensure that women and men have equal rights to confer nationality on their children and spouses.
  8. Increase funding and policy support to ensure access to life-saving and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.
  9. Provide increased and dedicated funding to displaced women-led civil society organisations, and support policy reforms to enable displaced women to organize themselves and register civil society organisations.
  10. Promote robust and coherent accountability across donor funding for addressing women’s participation, gender-based violence, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender sensitivity.
  • Countries: Global
  • Published: September 2016

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