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Assessing Gender Inclusion in the Migration Policies of ECOWAS


Amanda Bisong, Africa Portal publication, August 2019

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This policy briefing assesses the gender dimension of the ECOWAS regional framework for migration governance, focusing on regulations and protocols on free movement, specifically the ECOWAS treaty and the ECOWAS gender and migration framework and plan of action.

It demonstrates that the neglect of gender-specific issues has created conditions that limit the benefits of migration for women, exposing them to gender-specific risks such as harassment and discrimination. The policy briefing makes the following recommendations: ECOWAS and its members should improve data collection on female migration; discriminatory practices by national authorities that impinge on the agency of female migrants should be discouraged; and ECOWAS should set up a support mechanism for female migrants to seek redress and support in all member states.

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This policy briefing was first published on Africa Portal.

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