Social Inclusion of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants from the Gender Perspective

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PREPARATION AND CONSULTATION MEETING

“Social Inclusion of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants from the Gender Perspective”

9th  November 2017- Haus am Dom

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Women`s Development Summit, under the theme of “Social Integration of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants from the Gender Perspective”, gathered academics, activists and representatives of civil society at the ,,Haus am Dom” on 9th November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main.

This consultation meeting of Women´s Development Summit (WDS) was co-organized by the Forum for Intercultural Dialogue (FID), the German Association for Dialogue Institutions (BDDI), the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF), and was supported by the humanitarian aid organization Time To Help e.V.

The Women’s Development Summit is the continuation of the Istanbul Summit (www.istanbulsummit.org), which has been held annually since 2014. The Summit,  as now called the “Women´s Development Summit”, is an international, multi-sectoral forum that brings together stakeholders from different regions of the international community and sets a platform to discuss the Global Agenda in a gender-based approach.

The participants of the WDS consultation event, “Social Inclusion of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants from the Gender Perspective” declare herewith:

  1. The current refugee issue is an undeniable global challenge that can only be tackled together with all international and national decision-makers, civil society and the private sector.
  2. The UN Global Sustainable Development Agenda calls for “reaching the furthest behind first.”  We welcome this approach and accordingly urge for a greater awareness of the particular importance of gender mainstreaming in the inclusion of refugees. There is no question that the women among the wards are a particular vulnerable and excluded group.
  3. We note with regret that there is a great lack of consideration and recognition of gender-specific reasons of migration. We must put an end to it. We urge all decision makers, multipliers, and  actors to focus on gender-specific approaches and to ensure the inclusion of this vulnerable group.
  4. The communities of asylum seekers and refugees must be actively involved in gender-sensitive  education. Prevention workshops, on the dissemination of dissemination of legal framework conditions, and protective measures are necessary both for staff working in refugee care centers as well as for those seeking protection.
  5. We remind and underline that violence and discrimination against women have historically increased and been observed in all countries and are not a specific problem of the refugees. However, the specific situation of those seeking protection requires specific measures: (Read more…)

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