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First working meeting held to address local governments’ role in advancing migrant women’s right to the city (MC2CM project)

Last September 10th, the UCLG-CSIPDHR and the MC2CM project co-organized a first “Dialogue on Migrant Women in Cities” gathering local governments and key stakeholders working on this issue in the Mediterranean region and beyond. The online gathering produced a relevant mapping of both the most pressing challenges faced by migrant women as well as barriers and opportunities for local government action. This event contributed to expanding our network’s right to the city and women rights’ agenda by addressing an emerging policy priority. Indeed, the event highlighted local governments' willingness to bring together their policy perspectives regarding gender and migration to attain a stronger and more inclusive social agenda.

The event mobilized local governments leadership and expertise regarding protection and inclusion policies targeting migrant women. Accordingly, it focused on establishing an initial analysis of what are the specific needs of this group, building on the expertise and insights of participants. Moreover, it offered them an opportunity to identify potential new fields of policy action, that allow to better promote and protect the rights of migrant women. A more global perspective on this issue was also provided by representatives from UN Women and UN Habitat participating in the event.

Panelist cities included Sousse, Torino and São Paulo, all of which showcased their own experiences in advancing migrant women's right to the city in partnership with civil society. Indeed, all three cities place a major emphasis in fostering joint action with grassroots groups and community organizing as a way to better tackle the needs of this group and reinforce the effectiveness of their policies.

The event hosted an interactive mapping exercise which allowed participants to collectively identify migrant women’s needs and the related barriers and opportunities of local action. Issues related to migrant women protection (from violence, exploitation and trafficking) and inclusion (in the labour market or local social, cultural and political life for instance) received a great deal of attention by participants. Other priority areas include access to health and basic services, public space design, psychosocial assistance, children or even mainstreaming gender and the intersectional approach in local policy-making.

[ A detailed report of the event will be available soon ]