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November 2006 Resolutions to Action Leadership Conference of Women Religious

November 2006 Resolutions to Action Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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Resolutions 
LCWR Global Concerns CommitteeVolume 15, Number 4November 2006
Development and Migration: Empowerment of Women on the Move
To Action 
LCWR8808 Cameron StreetSilver Spring, MD 20910301-588-4955fax: 301-587-4575mlucey@lcwr.org
by Sharon Altendorf, PBVM, International Presentation Association Sister of the Presentationand Catherine Ferguson, SNJM, Coordinator of UNANIMA International
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Resolutions to Action
is an occasional publica-tion of the Global Concerns Committee of theLeadership Conference of Women Religious(LCWR). Members of the committee are:Carol Descoteaux, CSC; Julie Driscoll, SCN;Walter Maher, CCVI; Andrea Nenzel, CSJP; Joy Peterson, PBVM; Susan Schorsten, HM;and Marie Lucey, OSF, staff. Please addresscorrespondence to:
I have had a complete account of what you have done for your mother-in-law after your husband’s death; you have left your  father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know previously. .. Ruth 2:11
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n just the past month, we haveheard the stories of migrantwomen from all over the world.Mandesa from Nigeria attempted toenter Spain on a boat to the CanaryIslands. Juana from Mexico worksas a nurse with elderly patients inLos Angeles. Asian mafia traffickedSunitha from Sri Lanka to Australia.An Albanian sells his sister to a manmigrating to Italy.Migration is a global phenomenon.It requires a global response. No setof policies formulated to control andcriminalize can hope to manage wellthe present flow of peoples betweencountries. In the United States we con-tinue to experience the divisivenessand ineffectiveness of such policies.Focusing on the feminine face ofinternational migration in its relationto development leads to policy fromwhich all can benefit: the migrants,the countries of origin, and the coun-tries of destination.Who are migrants today?In 2005, 191 million persons migrated.This means that about one in 30 of theworld’s people were on the move fromtheir region of origin to another region ofdestination.Migration has an increasingly feminineand youthful face. In some countries, thepercentage of women migrants is as highas 80 percent. In the United States morethan half of all international migrants arewomen and about one-third of migrantsfrom developing countries are aged between 12 and 24 years old.Women and children, in particular girls,are among the most vulnerable. Theysuffer more in situations of conflict andexperience greater personal violence,discrimination, cultural restrictions, andoppressive gender practices than do men.On the other hand, feminine migrationhas the potential to provide great benefitto families and society in both sendingand receiving countries. Good immigra-tion policy should empower women inways that promote these benefits.
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hy are they on the move? Manymigrate to escape povertyand lack of decent work. Althoughglobalization has benefits, unskilledand poorly educated men and womenexperience its negative effects as an in-crease in poverty and marginalization.Aspects of recent free trade agreementshave resulted in increased povertyamong those who can least afford it.Some people migrate in the hope offinding treatment for disease and

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