The Philippines will host this year’s International Conference on Gender, Migration and Development: Seizing Opportunities, Upholding Women Migrant Workers’ Rights” that will tackle the impact of migration on developing countries and the new issue of “feminization of migration.”
In her address during the celebration of the International Women’s Day at the Rizal Hall in Malacanang, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the international conference will be held on September 25th and 26th in Manila.
The President said the Philippines is an appropriate venue for the conference because “many Filipino women are migrant workers” and that the Philippines ranked sixth in the world in closing the gender gap.
The four Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) have won international recognition for successfully closing the gender gap in education and health; New Zealand, 5th slot, and the Philippines, 6th.
The President added that the data from the conference in Manila would serve as an important input for the UN conference on global migration.