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[Infographics] Women who migrate for work contribute greatly to stronger societies and economies in both their countries of origin and their countries of destination. For many, the decision to work abroad involves prioritizing their families’ welfare over their own personal comfort and desires. Women generally have fewer options than men for regular migration, and are often employed in lower paid, informal sectors with few, if any, labour protections.
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Women and girls are part of the most vulnerable groups in times of humanitarian crisis such as COVID-19. To ensure all the information and available support are accessible to all, we need to ensure women’s representation and voices are visible at the decision-making level.
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Women and girls face even more violence in times of humanitarian crises, such as this moment with COVID- 19 and past outbreaks when movement is restricted. Violence against women has been called a “shadow pandemic” because it has huge consequences on the health and well-being of women and girls, but they often suffer in the shadows which has socio-economic costs that will last beyond the pandemic.
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Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights violations worldwide and has enormous costs for women’s health, safety and well-being. Globally, around 38 per cent of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner. Almost on-third of all women who have been in a relationship world-wider reported that they have experienced some form of violence...
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) seek to change the course of the 21 st century by addressing key challenges such as poverty, inequality, health, and women’s empowerment. Ending violence against women would accelerate achieving the SDGs.