WOMEN ON THE MOVE - Report from the Inaugural Regional Workshop May 16-18, 2016 | Istanbul
May 16, 2016
UN Women and Oxfam brought together 60 representatives from some of the most active CSOs in MENA and Europe to discuss their experiences working with refugees to provide a platform for CSO networking on May 16-18, 2016 in Istanbul.
The meeting concluded with the issuing of a joint statement by all participants ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (May 23-24) calling on Summit attendees to “restore the safety, dignity, and rights of people in crisis… in particular women and girls on the move from MENA to Europe.” The statement produced seven recommendations (see the Annex), including eliminating the root causes of conflict, ensuring safe and legal passage for the forcibly displaced, improving refugee women’s access to services and participation in decision-making about them, and focusing on the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The statement was distributed at the Summit and various side events.