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Kadaga Wants Laws to Protect Migrant Women

She said that Parliamentarians can use their powers to ensure meaningful, balanced and informed responses to migration saying that management of human mobility at both international and local level is more effective when parliaments cooperate with each other through regional and international forums.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and others at the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting.

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has urged fellow legislators under the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) to enact laws that protect the rights of migrant women. She also called on parliamentarians to play a critical role in policy formulation and adherence to international laws pertaining to human rights and freedoms.

Kadaga made the call during the 28th Session of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The meeting is part of the 139th Assembly of the IPU, which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

 The Women Forum discussion was under the theme "Migrant women: inclusion, work and rights in host countries."

She said that Parliamentarians can use their powers to ensure meaningful, balanced and informed responses to migration saying that management of human mobility at both international and local level is more effective when parliaments cooperate with each other through regional and international forums.

Kadaga informed the delegates that Uganda hosts many refugees and it has ratified the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.  She challenged other States to ratify conventions of this nature citing that as of September 2017, only 37 member states had ratified the five UN legal instruments concerning international migration.

 

English

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Luganda

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Kadaga further appealed to migrant host countries to respect and protect the rights of women to work and also recognize that migration is a way of improving their rights and opportunities for work within families.

 

The Speaker called on the MPs to appeal to their respective governments to offer justice to women under migration situations, saying that they go through a lot of domestic violence but fear to report to the authorities because of their citizen status in those countries.

 

Uganda's delegation to the ongoing IPU meeting includes, Arua Woman MP Osoru Mourine, Kawempe North MP Abdulatif Sebaggala, Kisoro Woman MP Rose Kabagyeni and Nakapiripirit Woman MP Esther Anyakun. The others are Busiki County MP Akamba Paul and Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye.

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