Making Migration Work for Women

A conference sponsored by Caritas Internationalis on “The Female Face of Migration” brought together in Senegal 100 migration experts from more than 50 countries from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. “Women and girls are a vital part of the solution towards alleviating and eradicating poverty,” said Lesley-Anne Knight, secretary general of Caritas. She argued that migration done properly could “contribute to greater gender equality and to the empowerment of women.” Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, president of Caritas Africa, said, “It would become a source of hope and development if human mobility were acknowledged and countries of origin could benefit from it.” The Caritas members urged a greater church presence on borders to improve monitoring of migration and encouraged the church to use its vast reach to speak about the difficulties of migration and promote policies that prioritize protection of families in countries of origin, transit and destination.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Indigenous people walk past Pope Francis after presenting offertory gifts during the pope's celebration of Mass at the Maquehue Airport near Temuco, Chile, Jan. 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis appealed to the Mapuche, who have suffered “great injustices,” to totally reject violence “which can make a just cause turn into a lie.”
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 17, 2018
Dolores O'Riordan, former lead singer of The Cranberries, performs on stage during a concert in 2007 in Tirana, Albania (CNS photo/Arben Celi, Reuters).
She was Dickensian, if Dickens had written a Gaelic warrior-waif, a hero with a voice that could thrill and comfort.
Cameron Dezen HammonJanuary 17, 2018
Pope Francis dove head-first into Chile's sex abuse scandal on his first full day in Santiago.
Pope Francis meets with priests, religious and seminarians at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Francis focused for the second time today during his visit to Chile on the abuse scandal that has rocked the Chilean church. “I know the pain resulting from cases of abuse of minors, and I am attentive to what you are doing to respond to this great and painful evil,” he said.
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 16, 2018