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Women on the move: migration, gender equality and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Briefing/policy paper

Written by Marta Foresti

Briefing/policy paper

This brief presents an overview and analysis of the opportunities, risks and vulnerabilities for women migrants and refugees. It describes the realities of women migrating around the world, specifically the experiences of both high-skilled and low-skilled migrant workers employed in a range of ‘care’ professions, from domestic workers to nurses and doctors.

Migration creates empowerment trade-offs for individual women and girls, and between different groups of women and girls. These trade-offs matter for gender equality and for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is the first in a series of policy briefings on the relationship between migration and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Case studies

Tam O'Neil, Anjali Fleury and Marta Foresti