Seminar women and migration in region of the regional conference on migration

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DRAFT 10.07.07

SEMINAR Women and migration in region of

the regional conference on migration” 1

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
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

Authorities retire

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

12:00 – 12:30 Questions and answers

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch courtesy of the sponsors

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

17:50 – 18:15 Questions and answers

19:30 – 21:00 Welcome cocktail offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador

Friday, July 20th, 2007
Parallel working groups:
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

11:00 – 12:30 Room Real: Plenary presentation of working groups results

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

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