This event was originally published via the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research website, as a part of their migration policy roundtable series. The original post can be found here.

Towards gender-responsive migration governance

On 6 September, UNU-CPR will organise a migration policy roundtable to discuss gender-responsive migration governance.

Time: 06 Sep 2023, 10:30 - 12:30 America/New York

Details: Open to public

UNU-CPR’s next migration policy roundtable, to be held on 6 September 2023 in partnership with UN Women and the Migration for Development and Equality (MIDEQ) Hub, will bring together UN agencies, governments, academics, international organisations, and civil society to discuss best practices and policies to strengthen gender-responsive migration governance, with a particular focus on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM).

Women and girls, as well as marginalized groups including LGBTIQ+ persons, experience particular risks associated with migration. For many, although migrating and resettlement in countries of destination brings benefits, it can also increase the risks of serious human rights violations such as violence, abuse, and exploitation. 

Gender-responsive migration governance considers gender and intersectional inequalities that migrants face at all levels of governance and all stages of migration. These efforts aim to understand the different realities of migrants and to promote and protect their human rights accordingly. By ensuring that policies, laws, and programmes address their specific needs, challenges, and situations, we can work towards the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.  

A UNU-CPR policy brief summarizing the key themes and policy implications of the roundtable will be published online following the event and circulated to all participants.

Roundtable objectives

The roundtable discussion will focus on policy and practice efforts that aim to:

  • Understand how data and evidence can support gender-responsive migration governance;
  • Identify specific actions government, international organisations and civil society can take to ensure that migration governance is gender-responsive;
  • Strengthen capacity and foster partnerships to enhance gender-responsive migration governance; and
  • Ensure that the GCM contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 5 on achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.


This event will be held in a hybrid format in New York and via Zoom. It is aimed at UN agencies, Member States, NGOs, civil society organisations, academia, and others interested in better understanding what gender-responsive migration governance means in practice and exploring innovative ways to ensure effective implementation of the GCM.