Women today account for almost half of the migrant population globally. Female migration patterns have changed, with more women migrating as ´autonomous´ actors – a trend that is called the feminization of migration. Many women choose to migrate as a way to deal with poverty and discrimination. Migration is a gendered process, with gendered modes and paths, gendered interests and motivations and gendered forms of remittances.
WIDE Annual Conference “Migration in the Context of Globalisation: Women’s Human Rights at risk”, which takes place in Bucharest, Romania, 3-5 June 2010, will critically assess how in times of crises, migration, trade, economic development and globalization impact women’s lives.
“The ongoing multiple and interlinked crisis poses real challenges to the livelihoods of many migrant women”, – says Barbara Specht, an Advocacy Officer at WIDE. “They face challenges in terms of job losses, increasing informalisation of employment, lower wages, disproportionate and increasing burden of care responsibilities and a reversal of achieved empowerment and autonomy”.