Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls



Addressing trafficking and exploitation of women and children. This would help address human trafficking in a gender- and age-sensitive way, and allow actors to focus on certain types of trafficking that women, girls and boys may be particularly vulnerable to, such as trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced marriage or trafficking of children for forced begging.

Protecting and empowering migrant domestic workers. This would help end migrant domestic workers’ abuse, exploitation and violence. Most migrant domestic workers are women and adolescent girls. Working in a largely informal and unregulated sector, they are at higher risk of exploitation, labour and human rights violations, and sexual and gender-based violence.

Taking a gender-responsive approach to migration governance. Addressing gender-related targets under the SDGs can help promote safe migration for women by capturing specific needs of migrant women, and encourage migration as a source of women’s empowerment. Further, tackling gender inequality could help reduce gendered potential drivers of migration such as gender-based violence or discriminatory practices such as female genital mutilation, as well as gender-based socio-economic challenges such as discrimination.




Relevant migration-related targets

  • 5.2 - Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation 
  • 5.3 - Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • 5.4 - Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • 5.6 - Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences 
  • 5.A - Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws


All SDGs and Targets

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IOM Institutional Strategy on Migration and Sustainable Development


The IOM Institutional Strategy on Migration and Sustainable Development outlines a whole-of-organization approach to comprehensively integrate migration and development into policymaking and programming within IOM. It recognizes that migration, when well managed, can be both a development strategy and a development outcome. 

Leave No Migrant Behind: The 2030 Agenda and Data Disaggregation


"Leave No Migrant Behind: The 2030 Agenda and Data Disaggregation" provides user-centric guidance on disaggregation of SDG indicators by migratory status. In order to leave no one behind, migrants must be considered across efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meanwhile, migrants are also key actors in sustainable development.