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Caritas notes ‘feminization of migration’

November 23, 2010

Caritas Internationalis, the consortium of Catholic relief and development agencies, is drawing attention to the growing number of women who are leaving their native lands alone to work abroad as nannies and domestic workers. Caritas estimates that “half of the world’s 214 million migrants today are women,” and they increasingly suffer from “exploitation, abuse, trafficking and lack [of] labor rights.”

“As poverty, conflict, and climate change force more people from their homes, Caritas is working to protect their rights, especially those of women,” said Caritas Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight. “Supporting migrants continues to be a major part of our work worldwide, from counseling before they leave their homes to medical, livelihood, and legal support once they have reached their destinations, as well as assistance for those who want to get back to their homes.”


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