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Summary of the 46th UN CPD


The Resolution of the 46th Session of the Commission on Population and Development recognized the centrality of meeting the needs of women and young people through migration policies and programs that respect and protect human rights. In recent years, demographic patterns have shifted dramatically. Today, more women are migrating than ever before, representing nearly half of the total international migrant population, and in some countries, as much as 70 to 80 percent. During the process of migration, women and girls tend to be more vulnerable to human rights violations, particularly breaches of their sexual and reproductive health and rights including violence and sexual coercion. In recognition of these realities, the Resolution urges Member States to “incorporate a gender perspective into all policies and programmes on international migration,” and to “strengthen actions to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence, coercion, discrimination, trafficking in persons, and exploitation and abuse of women and girls.” Furthermore, the Resolution calls upon Member States to adopt or strengthen measures to prevent “discrimination, sexual harassment, violence and sexual abuse in the workplace, including in domestic work.”

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