Dr.Avnish Jollly, 4th September, 2008 :International Conference on Gender, Migration and Development (ICGMD) to be held at the Sofitel Hotel, Manila , Philippines from 25-26 September 2008.
The ICGMD is organized by a conveners group headed by National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) under the Office of the President of the Philippines . Other convening organizations are composed of Philippine government agencies, several UN organizations, international NGOs, the academe, the private sector and people’s organizations.These organizations are International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Women and Gender Institute of Miriam College (WAGI-MC), Lola Grande Foundation for Women and Children Inc (LGF) in collaboration with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Aims of the Conference are the following:
To facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practices in promoting opportunities and gender equality for women migrants’, enhancing their contribution to development and upholding their rights and those of their families;
To infuse a gender perspective and rights-based approach to policies, programs, and services on migration;
To contribute to the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the deliberations of the 2nd Global Forum of Migration and Development to be held in Manila on 27-30 October 2008.
Expected outputs of the Conference are:
a.) Global and multi-sectoral partnerships and networks (governmental bodies, civil society organizations, academe and private sector) forged and strengthened on approaches to enhancing opportunities for migrant women and upholding and protecting their rights and those of their families.
b.) A Call to Action to effectively address issues, challenges and opportunities for migrant women and their families.
For more information and details, kindly visit the sites: www.icgmd.info ; www.ncrfw.gov.ph