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23 Feb 2024

By Danielle Summer, International Business Times (USA)

Migrant women experience gender inequality in employment, incl. forced pregnancy tests & greater risks of dismissal

“Migrant Women Are Still Victim To Sexual Violence Throughout Migration Process”

While 67 per cent of all migrant women are employed in the labour force, unofficial employment and the lack of gender-responsive migration policies threatens gender equalities in employment…

…Data also shows that the impact of migrant women on the global workforce is heightened through their employment in other service-sector roles.

According to UN Women, almost three quarters, 74 per cent, of migrant women work in domestic industries including the healthcare and education sector.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, migrant women were predominantly at risk of losing their jobs, compared to that of migrant men.

While just 22 per cent of working female migrants are covered by social protection, unofficial employment and registration left female migrant workers excluded from national labour protections during the pandemic.

After interviewing migrant women from Kyrgyzstan who were working in caregiving, domestic and janitorial roles in Russia during the COVID-19 pandemic, the non-governmental organisation Insan-Leilek Public Foundation found that the females were "the first to be fired"…

In some countries, female migrants who had obtained domestic employment recalled being fired after they were forced to take a pregnancy test. Occasionally, pregnant women are also deported to their countries of origin…