People on the Move: The Gender Dimensions of Migration, Refugee Crises, and Human Trafficking

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With the generous support of the Embassy of Liechtenstein in Washington, D.C., WIIS facilitates a series of expert roundtables to explore the gender dimensions of key security challenges. These roundtables provide a forum to bring together a diverse group of experts and policymakers to advance gender considerations in security policy deliberations. WIIS reflects and disseminates key roundtable takeaways and expert recommendations through policy briefs and framing papers

The second roundtable in the Gender, Peace, and Security roundtable series discussed the movement of people and the gender dimensions and effects of voluntary and forced migration. The discussion asked if the current international and national legal and political frameworks and institutions adapt to the changing nature of the movement of people in the 21st century.  Additionally, gender has historically been neglected by policymakers when considering how to address the many problems that migrants and refugees face, particularly how to combat human trafficking. Although the situation is improving, the gender dimensions of each phenomenon – and how they intersect – are still woefully understudied and dismissed. The discussion focused on how the Women, Peace and Security Agenda intersect with the migratory and refugee and human trafficking agendas.