International frameworks for the protection of women migrant workers

Two international human rights instruments frame the work of the United Nations with regards to women migrant workers, namely the Beijing Platform for Action resulting from the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families of 1990 establishes a high standard of migrant rights,11 more recently including even undocumented migrants in its General Comment (Macan-Marker 2003). Other international instruments which are not particularly focused on women migrant workers but cover women are International Labour Organization Conventions 97 and 143.

 

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11 See www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cmw.htm.