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02 Oct 2015

Taking Action against Violence and Discrimination Affecting Migrant Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive global and systemic forms of human rights violations that exist today. Even though many migrant women do not encounter violence and benefit from migration, for some of the 105 million international migrant women worldwide, violence and discrimination can appear at the very start of the migration process and under various forms. This factsheet provides an overview of this critical issue and highlights a number of initiatives from around the globe through which IOM and partners strive to address the particular needs and rights of all migrant women and girls.

  • Individual trajectories and circumstances influence risks of experiencing violence
  • Violence against migrant women and girls within the family
  • Violence in the public sphere
  • Trafficking: one of the worst forms of violence against women migrants
  • Consequences and costs of violence against women
  • Lack of legal status and compromised trust keep migrant women from reporting violence
  • More use should be made of the international legal framework
  • Prevention and Multisectoral Response and Services
  • Related IOM Factsheet
  • Endnotes
  • References