Speakers confirmed include
Albert Tucker - England Vice Chair, Big Lottery Fund
Jill Helke - Director of International Cooperation and Partnerships, IOM
Arjun Bahadur Thapa - Secretary-General, SAARC
Dr. Piyasiri Wickramasekara - Vice President, Global Migration Policy Associates
Dr. Fiona Samuels - Research Fellow, Social Development, Overseas Development Institute
Dr. Priya Deshingkar - Research Director, Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium
Allison J. Petrozziello - Gender and Migration Specialist, UN Women
Eve Geddie - Programmes Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants
Barbara Rijks - Migration Health Program Coordinator, IOM
Hiranthi Jayaweera - Senior Researcher COMPAS, Oxford University
Elizabeth Shlala - Research Associate, COMPAS, Oxford University, London School of Economics
Neill Wilkins - Programme Support Manager, Migration, IHRB
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - Journalist and author
Awale Olad - Public Affairs Officer, Migrants' Rights NetworkJohn Plastow - Programme & Policy Director, CARE International UK
Prabodh Devkota - Senior Regional Project Director, EMPHASIS, CARE
Tahseen Alam - Regional Advocacy Manager, EMPHASIS CARE
Nabesh Bohidar - Regional Knowledge and Monitoring Manager, EMPHASIS, CARE
Doris Bartel - Senior Director, Gender and Empowerment at CARE-USA
Cathy Riley - Assistant Country Director, CARE Nepal, CARE International
Lex Kassenberg - Country Director at CARE Nepal, CARE International
Dilip Ratha - Manager, Migration and Remittances Unit and CEO, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), Development Prospects Group, World Bank
Economic globalization has led to significant increases in migration. Many national policies discourage migration beyond national borders. However, there is strong evidence showing the positive effect that migration can have at source and destination countries. There is also a pressing need to protect the wellbeing of migrants – to facilitate their safe mobility and to ensure they have both the right and access to decent work and health and other basic health services.
CARE has been working on gender, migration and development issues for several years across the world. In South Asia, CARE has implemented a 5-year regional project, 'Enhancing Mobile Populations' Access to HIV and AIDS Services, Information and Support (EMPHASIS)', funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The Overseas Development Institute provided research oversight to the project, which produced a number of innovative studies. This project aims to reduce HIV & AIDS vulnerability among cross-border migrants from Bangladesh to India and Nepal to India. Secondly, it aims to influence national and regional policies relating to safe mobility of migrants. A key focus of the project has been women's empowerment along the continuum of mobility.
The studies produced with oversight by ODI, informed the interventions and expanded the evidence base on cross-border migrants and their HIV and AIDS-related vulnerabilities. The Overseas Development Institute and CARE International UK are hosting this conference to highlight migration as a key factor for sustainable development and the need to better protect the human rights of migrants.
The key objectives of this public event are:
· To highlight the challenges faced by vulnerable migrant workers, including the particular vulnerabilities faced by women migrant workers.
· To advocate for appropriate strategies and policy and practical responses, based on CARE’s, their partners’, and others’ experiences, in order to protect migrant workers’ well-being particularly with respect to safe mobility and access to healthcare.
· To recognise women migrants’ contribution as economic actors and advocate for policies and planning processes that ensure their protection.
· To advocate for the recognition of the role of migration as a key development enabler in the post-2015 development agenda.
If you would like to join the online discussion around what needs to happen to ensure that migrants have safe mobility, decent work, and access to health and other basic services, please visit CARE's forum.