How Caritas works: Women and Migration

Credits: ACT/Caritas/Jefferies

Credits: ACT/Caritas/Jefferies

“Migrants…represent 2.9 per cent of world population, some 185-192 million people, nearly half of whom are female. The most common employment opportunities for women…are areas where just treatment must be assured for migrant women out of respect for their femininity in recognition of their equal rights.

“Trafficking in human beings has a particularly negative impact on women. In some cases there are women and girls who are exploited almost like slaves in their work, and not infrequently in the sex industry. The culture which encourages the systematic exploitation of sexuality is as pervasive as it is unhealthy for society and must be addressed by more than fine words”

Archbishop Celestino Migliore – Permanent Observer of the Hole See to the UN in his address at  the 50th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, 2 March 2006.

Issues related to Migration and Development has always been on the agenda of Caritas in many countries and regions.

Caritas is actively engaged in projects, programmes and advocacy initiatives with a focus on the most vulnerable: marginalised migrants, asylum seekers, exploited migrant workers and their families, refugees, internally displaced persons, victims of trafficking and foreigners/asylum seekers in detention.

An essay on migration and human trafficking by the Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight



Caritas Internationalis

President: Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle
Secretary General: Michel Roy

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