Feminist Group urges development cooperation to address women’s issues in migration at all levels


BRUSSELS, Belgium– The European Development Days (EDD) held on 5-6 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium around the theme “Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest” helped the Feminist Group (FG) to increase the attention of participating development actors on feminism and migration issues in development cooperation by providing them a space for showcasing linkages between development, women’s issues and development effectiveness.

CPDE, through the FG, launched two DevTalks in the Global Village Stand, a conversation platform to feature the ongoing work of CPDE members along the topics on women in migration and effective development cooperation. Nurgul Djanaeva, President of the Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan and Rosa Belen Agirregomezkorta, Director of the Centro de Estudios e Investigación sobre Mujeres (CEIM) served as resource persons on behalf of the Feminist Group.

Djanaeva discussed political recognition of women’s issues, women’s rights and gender equality in sustainable development and inclusion of women as important parameters of development effectiveness. She said that although there is global recognition of women’s issues and gender equality, this status has yet to translate to sustainable development strategies as a stand-alone goal at the country-level.

She also cited the importance of gender budgets and the strengthened role of women’s organisations in development processes and bodies. “Official development assistance has to be accountable on women’s rights and gender equality commitments, ” she added.

On the issue of women’s issues in migration, Djanaeva said migrants’ rights need a global action. “Refugees face even worse situations as their status is very much insecure. In countries that host them, they are given limited rights to employment, political participation, civil rights, and even their movements are very much restricted,” she said.

Agirregomezkorta said that in Spain an open and still ongoing debate about linking migration to development cooperation policies exist. The question is whether these two concerns should be channelled jointly as it is obvious and clear that there are connections between development cooperation and migration. 

“People are being expelled from their regions of origin for a reason. The reasons could be poverty, conflicts, climate, trade policies and markets liberalisation, land grabbing, and lack of opportunities for living a life with dignity. These issues are to be addressed by development cooperation but these problems cannot be solved and addressed by development alone,”  Agirregomezkorta  added.

She said coherent policies at all levels and in all sectors rooted on human rights and gender justice and equality architecture and commitments are required as it is recognised in several international treaties and the SDGs. 

The DevTalks were attended by members of civil society and were part of CPDE’s visual exhibit in the Global Village Stand. CPDE also held SpeakOut Sessions and streaming of multimedia learning materials during the two-day event. 

For inquiries, contact Nurgul Djanaeva , CPDE Feminist Group Coordinator thru nurguldj@gmail.com.


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