Not without them: realising the sustainable development goals for women migrant workers

Hennebry, Jenna, KC, Hari and Piper, Nicola (2018) Not without them: realising the sustainable development goals for women migrant workers. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1369-183X (In Press)

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Abstract

Drawing on multiple data sources, including key informant interviews, participant observation and archival study, this paper provides an analysis of the civil society’s role in foregrounding the agenda of women migrants in migration and development (M&D) fora, and reflects on its role in realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, the dominant narrative within the state-led Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) tends to be a gender-blind migration for development approach, which emphasises national-level economic growth at the centre of migration processes, while negating the subjectivities of women migrants and neglecting their contributions to the global economy; this approach diverts attention to a narrow focus on macro-economic development through forms of financial remittances. Based on an examination of the GFMD as a site for gender mainstreaming M&D, we reflect on lessons learned as we look forward to achieving the SDGs. We argue that while the SDGs include some significant provisions for women in migration, only critical civil society advocacy and activism networked within grassroots organisations can address the structural changes necessary (such as a re-articulation of the care economy to value economic contributions of women’s reproductive work) to transform and improve the lived realities of women in migration and realise the SDGs in a manner that fosters their empowerment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social sciences
Depositing User: Kevin Sanders
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2018 10:41
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2018 11:33
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5546

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