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Understanding Women and Migration: A Literature Review

Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) and Development Indicators Group (DECIG) cordially invite you to a seminar

Understanding Women and Migration: A Literature Review

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Venue: MC C1-100


Anjali Fleury, Consultant, World Bank Group


Benedicte de la Briere, Lead Economist, Gender, World Bank Group

David W. Yang,  Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID


Lisa McGowan, Senior Specialist for Gender Equality, Solidarity Center

Rosemary Vargas-Lundius, Chair, KNOMAD Cross-Cutting Theme Gender

Understanding the intricacies of gender and migration can result in programs and policies that enhance the benefits and decrease the economic and social costs for female migrants, who make up half of the global migrant population.This report provides a comprehensive assessment of gender and migration literature, finding that migration can improve the autonomy, human capital, and self-esteem of women, as well as boosting their authority and perceived value in families and communities.Migration can also advance more equitable social norms and improve women’s rights and access to resources, despite some notable constraints such as restrictive social norms or laws, gender and racial discrimination, and gender-specific vulnerabilities.


Full version of KNOMAD’s Working Paper 8.


External participants, please contact: Irma Carrasquero (email: icarrasquero@worldbank.org) to RSVP and request a visitor’s pass.

Please contact knomad@worldbank.org or migrationandremittances@worldbank.org with questions or comments

Refreshments will be served.

***ALSO: Call for Papers: Forced displacement and gender issues

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Publication in Dædalus: Invisible Women

New publication from Catherine Bertini in Dædalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Abstract: Women are ubiquitous and critical to the nutritional well-being of their families, yet they are often invisible to policy-makers, public officials, community leaders, and researchers. Effecting significant decreases in the number of hungry poor people, as well as the improvement of nutritional and economic outcomes, requires policy in addition to operational and research priorities that are directed at the needs of women and girls.

Read the article here: Bertini (2015). Invisible Women.