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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 276

Justice and care for migrant women

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 marzo 2012

More women than ever before are migrating alone in search of a better life, but Caritas Internationalis says systems aren’t in place to prevent them from being exploited or abused. In a report published for International Women’s Day, Caritas says governments and social services dealing with migration need to address migrant women’s needs. In its report The female face of migration:advocacy and best practices for women who migrate and the families they leavebehind, Caritas documents the challenges faced by some of over 104 million women who are seeking opportunities outside their homelands and travelling independently from their families. Some find better jobs, education opportunities and greater freedoms. But too frequently on their journey and upon arrival they are cheated, abused, raped or discriminated against.
Caritas wants female migrants to be able to migrate in security and safety. Caritas calls for countries to adopt measures that will protect women, including pre-departure counselling, refugee registration, and labour inspection. Governments should review migration policies to assess their impact on female migrants. Caritas wants more care for families in which the mother is separated from her children. “Many women leave children behind, sometimes to take care of other people’s children abroad,” says Liebsch. “Left with relatives, their own children grow up without a mother. We need policies that keep families together at best–and at the least offer social protection to the children left behind.” Women who flee from terrible work situations, and even torture, risk going to jail when their work permit is tied to the employer who has abused them. Caritas wants female migrants, whatever their legal status, to be able to seek redress and claim their basic human rights. Migrant women have a lot to offer their own countries and the countries where they work. “Female migrants are not victims by nature but are victims of inequitable systems, prejudices and abuse,” says Liebsch. “It’s time we value their contribution by making migration policies favourable for them and by protecting them.”

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