Comments to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Trafficking in Women and Girls Amidst Global Migration

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May 2020
  • Human Trafficking
  • Testimony and Public Comments

We provided comment to the United Nation's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on the Draft General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration.

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"Legal Momentum was encouraged to see the Committee’s emphasis on a prevention framework that prioritizes action to address root causes of trafficking, including systemic discrimination and structural inequality, which are major barriers to achieving substantive equality for women and girls. We agree that to effectively tackle trafficking, women and girls must have sustainable livelihood options, which requires dismantling social and legal structures that limit women’s access to autonomy and resources such as education, vocational training, state benefits, assets, credit, land, and decent work opportunities.

Based on our work to advance women’s economic security through the law, our comments focus on additional measures that States Parties can undertake to better safeguard those women and girls who are most susceptible to trafficking, including women in poverty, women in low-wage work, and women without stable immigration status."