November 03, 2022 @ 14:00 – November 03, 2022 @ 15:15

Migration and forced displacement impact women and men differently. Gender roles and social norms lead to differing vulnerabilities and circumstances for men and women. Men and women will leave their home for a range of reasons: from leaving behind poverty, conflict and climate-related disasters to escaping entrenched gender inequalities, including sexual and gender-based violence and lack of access to livelihoods and resources. In transit or at their destination, it is important to ensure that gender norms do not continue to leave women and girls behind and that socioeconomic integration is gender-responsive and takes a human-rights centred approach.

The 2022 Vienna Discussion Forum (VDF 2022) will discuss the importance of ensuring that measures to address migration and displacement are gender-responsive and take a human rights-centred approach. This includes understanding the gendered displacement patterns caused by human insecurity and conflict situations, providing effective support for both women and men in their transit to their final destination, safeguarding them from human trafficking and migrant smuggling, as well as supporting them once they have arrived in their final destination through economic empowerment. Through drawing on the mandates of UNODC and UNIDO, the discussion will identify how the organisations can support the international community in developing gender-responsive policies, programmes and measures to address migration and displacement.


High-level opening

 Ghada Waly, Executive Director, UNODC
 Fatou Haidara, Managing Director, Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations, UNIDO
 Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland
 Nadia Murad, Nadia’s Initiative, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

Panel Discussion
 Ilias Chatzis, Chief, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, UNODC
 Ciyong Zou, Managing Director, Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development, UNIDO
 Anna Ekstedt, Ambassador-at-large for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
 Sarah A Tobin, Research Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute

Closing message
 Felipe González Morales, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

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