Please choose the agenda for the day:


Morning session 9.30 – 13.00

Welcoming by the hosts

  • President of Caritas Senegal/Church of Senegal
  • High-level official from Senegalese Government

Welcoming address

  • Lesley-Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis

Theological reflections

  • Archbishop Antonio Maria Vegliò, Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People

Key note speech
Globalisation of Migrations: the part of women inmobility

  • Catherine deWenden, Centre d’études et de recherches internationales, Paris

Round Table – Personal reflections on Feminisation ofmigration: access to new possibilities and challenges

  • Le Quyen Ngo Dinh, Caritas Roma
  • Yayi Bayam Diouf, Comité consultatif de la femme au niveau de la région de Dakar
  • Marie-Beatrice Umutesi, BICE
  • Chantal Goetz, Fidel Goetz Foundation
  • Tala Kane, Congad
  • Maria Segurado, Caritas Spain

Lunch 13:00 - 15:00

Afternoon session 15.00 – 18.00 (Working groups)

Female migration as a challenge for women, their families and communities
Impact on women themselves, on their human and cultural development; change of their social roles as members of communities Impact on families left behind: deficit care

Background papers:

  • Janete Ferreira, Caritas Ecuador; Mary Delorey, CRS; Emilio Gomez Ciriano, University of Castilla- La Mancha
  • Alessandra Aula, BICE; Christina Coggi, University of Turin

Migrant women contribution to communities and society (empowerment, development):
Integration and re-integration (in the society of origin) of female migrants and its influence on contribution of (migrant) women to empowerment and development Women’s role in creating social capital and their contribution to remittances’ flows

Background papers:

  • Sara Silvestri, University of Cambridge, City University of London; Najla Chahda, Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center
  • Célestin Samba, Caritas Senegal


Evening Event

Migrants' Stories - Film "Invisibles" produced by Médicins Sans Frontières


Morning session 9.30 – 12.30

Report back from groups

Key-note speech
Change for Female Migrants: Centered on Security and Development

  • Merlie B. Mendoza, Technical Advisor, Caritas Manila

What´s new in Caritas? – Networking and informal presentation of projects

Panel debate:
Identifying the gaps - Migration policies which take into account the needs of women

  • Silvia Lopez-Ekra, IOM
  • Gloria Moreno-Fontes, ILO
  • Sr. Laurence Huard, Caritas Algeria
  • Aida Gonzalez Naranjo, Cedal Peru

Lunch 13:00 - 15:00

Afternoon session 15.00 – 18.00 (Working groups)

Migrant women as a labour force:
Regulation of markets of female labour; better access to the labour market; domestic work as a specific case
Prevent violence, exploitation, abuse, trafficking

Background papers:

  • Philippa Smales, APWLD; Br Anthony Rogers, FABC, Philippines
  • Genevieve Colas, Secours Catholique; Ilaria Bottigliero, IDLO

Female mobility: legal, social and health implications
Towards safer channels of female migration: Existing legal framework and gaps
Women in need of international protection

Background papers:

  • Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, IOM; Mungreiphy Shimray, Caritas India
  • Karin Keil, Caritas Austria; George Joseph, Caritas Sweden; John Bingham, ICMC

Policy group: Changes we are asking for – Migration policies that respect the needs of women

Evening Event

Social event – Monks from Monastery of Keur Moussa;Women groups from Senegal


Morning session 9.30 – 12.30

Report back from working groups

Evaluation and the way forward from a regional perspective
Discussion in regional groups

Possible answers/solutions to migration challenges Panel: Presentation of selected Caritas Practices for Discussion

  • Prevention of migration from rural to urban settings
  • Pre-departure counselling
  • Reception, Integration
  • Protection
  • Support on the journey
  • Return

Conclusions/ Closing messages


Lunch and departure