Migration and Displacement

Economic rights are fundamental human rights. Yet around the globe, women are more likely to live in poverty than men. More women work in vulnerable, low-paid, or undervalued jobs. 

Why it’s important

• In the majority of countries, women’s wages represent between 70 and 90% of men’s, with even lower ratios in some Asian and Latin American countries.

• As of 2011, 50.5% of the world’s working women were in vulnerable employment, often unpro- tected by labour legislation, compared to 48.2% for men. Women were far more likely than men to be in vulnerable employment in North Africa (55 versus 32%), the Middle East (42 versus 27%) and sub-Saharan Africa (nearly 85 versus 70 per cent).

• Women bear disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work. Women devote 1 to 3 hours more a day to housework than men; 2 to 10 times the amount of time a day to care (for children, elderly, and the sick), and 1 to 4 hours less a day to market activities. (UN Women)

What we are doing to help

Many of our members develop projects specifically targeted at the economic empowerment of women in different communities. Many are developing trainings on sustainable farming for women to grow for their family and the market, others helped negotiate land titles for women. We assist women  in turning their income generating activities into small businesses, securing their access to finance opportunities and useful technologies.

 

VIDEOS

 

 

RESOURCES

  • Christian Aid | Climate migration in the dry corridor of Central America, a gender perspective

  • ACT Alliance | Leaving No One Behind: Ensuring an Age, Gender, and Diversity (AGD) Inclusive Approach to Internal Displacement

STATEMENTS

Faith in Beijing joint statement on “Gender, Faith and COVID-19” 

Faith in Beijing joint statement in Spanish: Género.FeyCOVID-19

EXTERNAL RESOURCES

  • Sonke Gender Justice | Gender, Migration, and Health in SADC

  • Sonke Gender Justice | Together: Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Migration and Health

  • ILO | Decent Work for Migrant Domestic Workers, Moving the Agenda Forward

  • UN Women | MIGRANT WOMEN & REMITTANCES: EXPLORING THE DATA FROM SELECTED COUNTRIES

  • UN Women | GUIDANCE FOR ACTION

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