UN - Forum on Women and Global Migration

Root Causes and Innovative Solutions


While problems related to migration are daunting, the creative solutions emerging from the United Nations inter-agency work on the issue, governments, institutions and countless facets of civil society throughout the world are equally astonishing – and need to be communicated and replicated.

This forum was conceived as an opportunity to bring governments, experts and practitioners together to debate and compare knowledge, evidence and good practices. Differences in regional dynamics and growing complexities make this forum more urgent than ever.

Debates will touch different thematic areas, including the causes of displacement, the relationship between migration and the labor market, remedies for better integration in the host countries, and the influences of radicalization. All will be examined as they cross-cut with migrant women. Recommendations will be compiled and disseminated toward greater clarity, solidarity and commitment to action.


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8:30                 Arrival of participants and registration - Palais des Nations- Pregny Gate

                        Avenue de la Paix  - Geneve


9:30 – 10:00   Official Opening of the Forum

Welcome Remarks by the Organiser:


Simone A. Ovart, Zonta International, Main Representative at the United Nations Geneva and President of the NGO Committee of the Status of Women - Geneva


Keynote Speaker:    

M. Michael Møller, Director General of the UN Office at Geneva (TBC)


10:00 – 11:00   Session 1

Factors affecting migration flows

In the current global context, what are the most recent causes of displacement and how do they overlap? Preventive considerations?



- Sonja Hönig Schough,  International President Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation

“Women and Unsafe Migration”


- Princess Micheline Makou Djouma,  President/Chief Executive of Ocaproce International

“Les facteurs des mouvements migratoires Africains en Europe”

- Colette Samoya, Former Ambassador R.P. Burundi, Founder Bangwe & Dialogue

“The causes of migration in history and in the contemporary context”


Moderator: Simone A. Ovart, Main Representative of Zonta International to the UN Office in Geneva – President of the NGO Committee of the Status of Women - Geneva


11:00 – 12:00:  Session 2

Movements and labor force

Given the global shifts and disparities in the labour market, what are the possibilities for remedy and balance? Migrant women and their empowerment in the world of work.

Are the high foreign qualifications fully understood and valued by states? New perspectives for the recognition of skills acquired in the countries of origin.

Jill Helke, Director, International Cooperation and Partnership at IOM

Ms. Madi Sharma, European Economic and Social Council, Brussels

Brian Grim Ph.D. President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Moderator: Ms. Carolyn Handschin, Director for UN Relations, International Vice President (rep Europe) Women’s Federation for World Peace, International (WFWPI)


12:00 – 13:00:  Session 3

Promotion of human rights and innovative solutions

Terrorism and religious extremism are both factors which foster migration flows and are causes of reluctance to welcome migrants in destination countries. How to address those phenomena to reach stable security and healthy integration?

Which are the essential factors for the integration, adaptation and assimilation in the social system?  How can programs such as the SDG’s be applied to build trust and eradicate xenophobia in the countries of destination?

Malinka Koparanova, Department on Gender and Social Issues at UN ECE

Ms. Melissa Fleming, Head of Communications and Chief Spoke Person for UNHCR

Shirin Taber, MWLN Director

Moderator: Ms. Anne Riz, Fawco Main Representative at the UN Geneva


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Beginn/Ende 23.02.2018
Tag Freitag
Zeit 09:30 - 13:00 Uhr
Ort Room XI
Palais des Nations
Club Basel