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Watch now: Sex, gender and equity in health: focus on migrant women

The third webinar of this year's edition of the Canada-EU Migration Platform on the Integration of Migrant Women focused on sex, gender and equity in health.

This third session was organised on 20 November 2020. It brought together 70 participants from across the EU and Canada representing governments, EU institutions, migrant women, civil society organisations, and academia.

In the first part of the event, moderated by Daniel Redondo, Senior Expert at the IOM, panelists examined the health challenges often faced by migrant women. The specific health needs of women, gender-based violence and health issues aggravated by social isolation or abuse were also discussed. Panelists shared best policy practices to address gaps in services provided to migrant women, both at the community and institutional levels. The recording of the panel is available below.

In the second part of the event, the participants broke into four groups to discuss a range of topics on the health and delivery of healthcare services to migrant women. One of the most important threads was the access to services for the mental health needs of migrant women. Other topics included the most effective approaches to address gender-based violence such as domestic and intimate partner violence as well as issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM), forced and underage marriage, sexual assault, cyber-violence, and elder abuse. Participants also reflected on the promotion of sex and gender equity in health supports, including for members of the LGBTIQ/LGBTQ2 community*. The discussions provided an opportunity to identify issues, explore policies and practical approaches to the integration of migrant women.

*The EU and Canada use two different acronyms to refer to the LGBTIQ/LGBTQ2 communities. Also enshrined by the first-ever, recently-adopted EU Strategy on the topic, the EU refers to 'lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ)', while the Canadian Government refers to 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2)' to recognise two-spirit within Canada, and LGBTI internationally.