Women, migration and development: Investing in the future

This short briefing paper outlines the key insights from the international conference on Women, Migration and Development jointly organised by CARE International, EMPHASIS and ODI in July 2014.

 The paper gives a brief outline of the EMPHASIS (Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV and AIDS Services, Information and Support) programme in South Asia and of the conference objectives, which were to: highlight the challenges faced by vulnerable migrant workers, especially women; advocate for strategies, policy and practical responses which need to be taken to protect migrant workers’ well-being, particularly with respect to safe mobility and access to healthcare; recognise women migrants’ contribution as economic actors and advocate for policies and planning processes that ensure their protection; and advocate for recognition of the role of migration as a key development enabler in the post-2015 development agenda. The paper summarises the main insights from the conference, and gives specific recommendations for achieving the conference objectives in relation to access to healthcare, financial services, safe and decent working conditions, and safety and dignity of mobile populations.

  • Countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Global
  • Published: August 2014

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