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ROAD TO EQUALITY

How gender shapes the experience of people on move

In many parts of the world, the month of March is dedicated to women.

We celebrate their achievements, while given extra attention to the remaining roadblocks on the journey to gender equality. Today, half of the world’s migrants are women and girls. That is 140 million women and girls on the move. And their experience is in many ways shaped by their gender.

Although there are global similarities in the way gender inequalities manifest themselves, the experiences of women and girls are unique depending on where they find themselves in the world. Even if they share the same dreams, the roads they travel to achieve them will differ. 

Cultural norms and the expectations those around them shape the identities and migration experiences of women. Many manage to transform inequalities and challenges into strengths, building on the foundations of their cultural identities to create a path that is their own. 

In many parts of the world, the month of March is dedicated to women.

We celebrate their achievements, while given extra attention to the remaining roadblocks on the journey to gender equality. Today, half of the world’s migrants are women and girls. That is 140 million women and girls on the move. And their experience is in many ways shaped by their gender.

Although there are global similarities in the way gender inequalities manifest themselves, the experiences of women and girls are unique depending on where they find themselves in the world. Even if they share the same dreams, the roads they travel to achieve them will differ. 

Cultural norms and the expectations those around them shape the identities and migration experiences of women. Many manage to transform inequalities and challenges into strengths, building on the foundations of their cultural identities to create a path that is their own. 

Whether you find yourself in Ethiopia or Iraq, in Egypt or Chad, there are many ways you can contribute to increased gender equality. Right where you are, in this moment, you can show that you care.

Here is what you can do :

ADVOCATE FOR EQUAL RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW, IN EMPLOYMENT AND IN MOBILITY

You don’t have to be a lawyer to promote equal rights. Look around at your school or workplace to see if women and girls get the same access and opportunities as men and boys. Did you spot an unfair rule? Talk about it with peers and colleagues to see how you can change this together.

Whether you find yourself in Ethiopia or Iraq, in Egypt or Chad, there are many ways you can contribute to increased gender equality. Right where you are, in this moment, you can show that you care.

Here is what you can do :

ADVOCATE FOR EQUAL RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW, IN EMPLOYMENT AND IN MOBILITY

COMBAT DISCRIMINATION IN
EVERY ASPECT OF DAILY LIFE

Not the fighting type? Not a problem.

There are many ways to resist unfair treatment. And it’s not just up to women. Men and boys are key actors in making sure we all get the same opportunities in life.

You don’t have to be a lawyer to promote equal rights. Look around at your school or workplace to see if women and girls get the same access and opportunities as men and boys. Did you spot an unfair rule? Talk about it with peers and colleagues to see how you can change this together.

COMBAT DISCRIMINATION IN EVERY ASPECT OF DAILY LIFE

Not the fighting type? Not a problem.

There are many ways to resist unfair treatment. And it’s not just up to women. Men and boys are key actors in making sure we all get the same opportunities in life.

LEARN ABOUT THE WAYS GENDER
AFFECTS MIGRATION

If you don’t feel ready to be an advocate or a fitghter just yet, start by educating yourself. There is so much to learn about gender equality and the better your understanding, the better you will feel.

LEARN ABOUT THE WAYS GENDER AFFECTS MIGRATION

If you don’t feel ready to be an advocate or a fitghter just yet, start by educating yourself. There is so much to learn about gender equality and the better your understanding, the better you will feel.

Become part of the conversation

Start learning right here, right now.
We have collected some key resources to get you started on a gender equality learning journey

A free online course by IOM to educate yourself about international migration trends from a gender perspective, and how to mainstream gender equality into your everyday
work.

Become part of the conversation

Start learning right here, right now.
We have collected some key resources to get you started on a gender equality learning journey

A free online course by IOM to educate yourself about
international migration trends from a gender perspective, and how to mainstream gender equality into your everyday
work.

Equality, respect for diversity
and inclusion start at home

Whenever we carry out awareness raising campaigns or youth
engagement activities, we keep some things in mind:
• Is there a good gender balance among participants, leaders and
facilitators for the activity?
• Are there any barriers for girls or boys to be part of the event
and express themselves publicly?
• Did we hear the perspective of women migrants in this story?

Equality, respect for diversity
and inclusion start at home

Whenever we carry out awareness raising campaigns or youth
engagement activities, we keep some things in mind:
• Is there a good gender balance among participants, leaders and
facilitators for the activity?
• Are there any barriers for girls or boys to be part of the event
and express themselves publicly?
• Did we hear the perspective of women migrants in this story?

IOM promotes safe migration and gender equality with its Migrants as Messengers Volunteers

These talented returned migrants stand with us day in and day out to inform communities on the realities of migration, based on their own experiences. They have a thing or two to say about gender too.

IOM promotes safe migration and gender equality with its Migrants as Messengers Volunteers

These talented returned migrants stand with us day in and day out to inform communities on the realities of migration, based on their own experiences. They have a thing or two to say about gender too.

Women are not alone

We have already brought along many travel buddies on our road to equality: men and boys, returned migrants, peers and colleagues. All over the world, women are leading the way inside their own communities by sharing new ide as, changing mindsets and creating initiatives that help other women and girls grow and thrive.

Check out the story of Souadou Niang, a former migrant from Senegal and owner of a renowned hotel in Dakar, run almost entirely by women.

Women are not alone

We have already brought along many travel buddies on our road to equality: men and boys, returned migrants, peers and colleagues. All over the world, women are leading the way inside their
own communities by sharing new ideas, changing mindsets and creating initiatives that help other women and girls grow and thrive.

Check out the story of Souadou Niang, a former migrant from Senegal and owner of a renowned hotel in Dakar, run almost entirely by women.

Finally, within our own teams we need to stay aware and focused on keeping the balance. Read about where IOM stands on diversity.

Finally, within our own teams we need to stay aware and focused on keeping the balance. Read about where IOM stands on diversity.

KEEP LEARNING!

You can find an overview of publications you can find in our library. Click to access.

Road to Equality is a campaign created by the IOM Awareness Raising Unit with the support of COMPASS, Migrants as Messengers, CinemArena, and the IOM X Project (WAKA Well)

KEEP LEARNING!

You can find an overview of publications you can find in our library. Click to access.

Road to Equality is a campaign created by the IOM Awareness Raising Unit with the support of
COMPASS, Migrants as Messengers, CinemArena, and the IOM X Project (WAKA Well)

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