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16 Days of Action Campaign 2013: Facts on Violence against Undocumented Migrant Women

Violence against women is a major violation of a woman’s human rights. Every year on 25 November, the international community observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

All women have the right to live a life free of violence. This is an inalienable right to which all measures to address gender-based violence refer. No one deserves to be assaulted and there should always be help for those who need it. To overcome challenges to report violence, measures have been introduced to ensure survivors are treated in a secure and appropriate manner. Informed and impartial safeguards have been developed to tackle impunity and bring perpetrators to justice. The right to come forward and the protections that accompany it have, however, been denied to a certain group of women. Undocumented women are excluded, disadvantaged, and somewhat unpopular. Their existence in society has been considered illegitimate, so the violence against them has been disregarded and their access to justice denied. Yet it is in limiting these basic rights and protections, that society delegitimises their very basis.

For this reason, PICUM will support the 16 Days of Action Campaign 2013 by publishing a one fact on violence against undocumented migrant women on each of the 16 days. The 16 Days of Action Campaign runs from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November until Human Rights Day on 10 December which commemorates the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

You can follow and share the daily facts on twitter with the hash tag #16days through @PICUM_post

 

Undocumented women’s rights are human rights

Fact 1: 25 November
Fact 2: 26 November
Fact 3: 27 November

 

Routes to irregularity

Fact 4, 28 November
Fact 5: 29 November
Fact 6: 30 November

 

Violence against Undocumented Migrant Women

Fact 7: 1 December

Source: PICUM report “Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women - Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice”, page 42; Women’s Link Worldwide.

Fact 8: 2 December

Sources: PICUM report “Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women - Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice”, page 37; Ravi K. Thiara and Sumanta Roy “Vital Statistics The experiences of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic & Refugee women & children facing violence & abuse”, Imkaan, 2010.

Fact 9: 3 December

Sources: PICUM,"Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women - Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice”, page 38; Wolff et al.  “Undocumented migrants lack access to pregnancy care and prevention”.

Fact 10: 4 December

Source: “Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women - Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice”, page 33.

Fact 11: 5 December
Fact 12: 6 December

 

Immigration control, detention and deportation

Fact 13: 7 December
Fact 14: 8 December

 

What should be done?

Fact 15: 9 December
Fact 16: 10 December

 

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