CLOSED - Call for submissions on good practices and initiatives of gender-responsive migration legislation, policies, and practices

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Pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 34/21, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants is mandated “to take into account a gender perspective when requesting and analysing information, and to give special attention to the occurrence of multiple forms of discrimination and violence against migrant women” (para. 1 (f) A/HRC/RES/34/21).

In carrying out his mandate, the Special Rapporteur presents to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council a study on the impact of migration on migrant women and girls, in which he provides an analysis on this issue from a gender perspective (A/HRC/41/38). The study aims to contribute to deepening the understanding of migration as a gendered phenomenon and its human rights impact. The Special Rapporteur considers that a greater understanding of the gender perspective of migration can enable States to better protect migrant women and girls from gender-based discrimination, abuses and violations at all stages of migration, as well as to support their empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

To further his efforts in assisting States in this regard, the Special Rapporteur dedicates his forthcoming report to the 74th session of the General Assembly on good practices or initiatives of gender-responsive migration legislation, policies and practices. He is also interested in learning from States any challenges or obstacles they face in their implementation; as well as seek their views on how their efforts can be better supported by other stakeholders to maximise the impact of these gender-responsive efforts.

As stressed by the Special Rapporteur in his previous study (A/HRC/41/38) that existing discriminatory social and cultural norms and policies have contributed to the specific vulnerabilities of migrant women and girls. Through compiling information on current practices and initiatives with regard to the gender-responsiveness of migration governance, the Special Rapporteur intends to identify good practices and initiatives, and further provide recommendations to States on how to address the particular needs of migrant women and girls at all stages of migration.


  • How does your Government define "gender responsiveness"?
  • Please provide information on any existing or forthcoming good practices or initiatives of gender-responsive migration legislation, policies or practices in your country. (Should you provide information on legislation or policy, kindly submit the original text, accompanied by an English translation if it is in a language other than the six official UN languages.)
  • Please indicate any challenges and/or obstacles in the implementation of gender-responsive migration legislation and/or policies?
  • Based on the experience accumulated with these interventions so far; as well as the lessons learned, what would you have to do differently to maximise the gender responsive impact of these interventions?
  • What support could other stakeholders (other than your Government) provide to make your migration policies, legislation, and practices more gender responsive?

The questions are also available in French and Spanish.


The Special Rapporteur would be grateful for submissions from Member States, civil society, academia, NHRIs and other stakeholders, in response to the above questions by 24 May 2019, to the SR’s Secretariat at the Special Procedures Branch of OHCHR, at the email: Please indicate in the subject: "submission to GA report".

Please limit your response to 2,500 words. The original texts of laws and policies may be submitted as annexes.

Please also indicate in your response should you have any objections with regard to your submission being posted on the website of the Office of OHCHR. 



Member States


NGOs and Civil Society Organizations

International/Inter-governmental Organisations