Sponsored by: Canada, El Salvador, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Regional Network of Civil Society Organizations on Migration (RNCOM)
19-20 July 2007 Hotel Real Intercontinental
Blvd. de los Héroes,
San Salvador, El Salvador Agenda Thursday, July 19th, 2007
(Room Real) General Objective:
Draft an outline of areas that require particular attention and follow up steps within the RCM from the exchange of current information and good practices across the RCM region, and establish linkages among institutions, areas of migration management, and social or gender oriented programs.
Morning Session 7:30 – 8:00 Registration of participants
8:00 – 8:30 Inauguration of the event
Andrée Blouin – Immigration Program Manager for Central America, Government of Canada RCM Presidency Pro-témpore representative Government of El Salvador representative
Rapporteurs of the Seminar: Representatives of El Salvador and Canada to coordinate final report.
Note: All speakers should include in their presentations examples of effective practices in their respective areas.
PANEL 1: Women and migration: Why Do Women Migrate?" 8:30 - 09:50 Moderator / Commentator
Andrée Blouin, Immigration Program Manager, Government of Canada
Theme of the presentations and discussion is focused on an overview of gender-specific trends, opportunities and challenges for women.
This panel will set the context for the next three sessions.
Subjects and Speakers:
Memoir of the Seminar “Migrant Women and Children” (San Salvador, February 2000).Elizabeth Cubías, Government of El Salvador
Gender differences setting the context: how do men's and women's migration needs and experiences differ (before migrating, during their route, and in the country of destination)? - Push and pull factors: what drives women to migrate? - Assumptions vs. realities: myths surrounding women migrants.Gabriela Díaz, Foro Migraciones México, RNCOM
Migrant women in the Central American region and southern Mexico. Ana Silvia Monzón, Sociologist and /Researcher
Opportunities and challenges: what makes a success story? Aída de Ekónomo, Travel and Radio Migrant Business Woman in the United States
09:50 – 10:15 Questions and answers
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break PANEL 2: Risks Faced by Women who Migrate
10:30 - 12:00 Moderator / Commentator
Gina Maza, UNHCR
Theme of the presentations and discussion: Risks for women who migrate in irregular conditions, smuggling and trafficking in persons, refugee protection.
Subjects and Speakers:
Risk factors, mitigation and prevention. - Typical and atypical experiences.Águeda Marín – IOM- San Jose, Costa Rica
Challenges for migrant women in countries of destination.Adilia Solís, Network of Nicaraguan Women
Effective practices for prevention, assistance and protection of Refugee women.Federico Martínez, Regional Legal Division, UNHCR Americas Bureau
Women, Health and Migration. Linda S. Williams, Public Health Agency of Canada
PANEL 3: Individual and Social Challenges and Opportunities 14:00 – 15:30 Moderator / Commentator
Gabriela Núñez, Women’s Secretariat,Government of Guatemala, Presidency Pro-tempore of the Council of Women’s Ministries of C.A. (COMMCA)
Theme of the presentations and discussion: An understanding of the new realities generated by the migration of women
Subjects and Speakers:
Opportunities and possibilities for women at home and abroad. - Changing roles in the new transnational families and communities/women migrants as role models.Margarita Escobar, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for Salvadorians Abroad
Changes in socio-cultural and labor patterns in Mexican communities of origin: the influence of the household heads’ migration to the United States in the spouses’ labor integration in Mexico.Jessica Natalia Nájera Aguirre, Migration Studies Centre, National Migration Institute (INM)
Role of women's contributions to families' economies. - Education, professional diversification and adaptability. - Personal and local development through migration.Bridget Wooding, Mesa Nacional para las Migraciones República Dominicana / RNCOM
Migration synopsis of Guatemalan women. Víctor Lozano, IOM-Guatemala
15:30 – 15:50 Questions and answers
15:50 – 16:10 Coffee Break
PANEL 4: Women and Migration Policies, Practices and Services 16:10 – 17:50 Moderator / Commentator
Katherine Andrade, Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science, Universidad Centroamericana (UCA)
Theme of the presentations and discussion: An understanding of women's needs and role in shaping and implementing policies and programs
Subjects and Speakers:
Gender-based considerations for program policy development. - National, regional and international programs.Fernanda Ezeta, Program Officer, OIM-Mexico
Experiences of inter-institutional work: what has been done and what could be done regarding assisting migrant women. Martha Rojas Wiesner, Representantive of the Mexican Gender and Migration Table, Mexico
Feminization of migration in Latin America: Discussion and meaning. Jorge Martínez Pizarro, CEPAL-CELADE
Trends and future considerations.Xóchitl Castañeda, Director, California-Mexico Health Initiative, Berkeley University
Friday, July 20th, 2007 Parallel working groups: Goals: Identify key considerations, good or effective practices, gaps and lessons learned
Identify areas of possible work, for sharing and consideration for possible action within the RCM.
Moderator and Rapporteur: Each group chooses by consensus its moderator and rapporteur.
Moderator: Provides an overview of the ideas aired on the first day and leads the work of the group.
Rapporteur: Presents to the plenary (11:00 - 12:30), assisted by the moderator, the results of the working group.
8:30 – 11:00 Simultaneous meeting of four working groups on the following subjects:
GROUP 1: Migration regulations (Room Real)
GROUP 2: Access to services (Room Conacaste)
GROUP 3: Access to employment (Room Jacaranda)
GROUP 4: Human Rights (Room Girasol)
Note: A questionnaire will be handed out for the working group discussions.
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee will be served to the delegates during the working group discussions
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch courtesy of the sponsors Note: Under the direction of the Seminar Rapporteurs from Canada and El Salvador, the working groups' moderators and rapporteurs meet separately in room Jacaranda to develop draft 'lines of action' (areas of possible work).
14:30 – 16:00 Completion of draft lines of action to be proposed to the RCM
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 16:30 Closing of the event
Saturday, July 21st, 2007 Invitation for a one-day tour to Jiquilisco Bay, Department of Usulután (East of El Salvador) distant 100 kms. from San Salvador (two hours away).
El Salvador will provide courtesy transportation to the place. The tour includes: access to Hotel facilities, breakfast, drinks, lunch, and boat tour on the bay. The cost is $50.00 per person.
Departure from the Hotel Real Intercontinental will be at 7:00 a.m. returning to San Salvador at 18:00 p.m. Upon registration at the Seminar, participants will be asked whether they are interested in this tour or not.
1 The RCM held in San Salvador, on 24 - 25 February, 2000 the Seminar “Migrant Children and Women” of which all presentations and final recommendations were published: see http://rcmvs.org/pagina_n25.htm.