Child on bike behind fence

Migration policies must empower women and men.

Gender, Migration, and Security

January 2016, Number 07.01

“Sex is defined by biological differences between men and women. Gender refers to the roles, personality traits and behaviors that society ascribes to men and women, as well as the different power relations between them. Gender mainstreaming recognizes the role of gender integration in all aspects of peace and security, as well as the understanding of differences that policies and programs might have on men and women. It means identifying the different insecurities facing men, women, girls and boys and the way in which gender relations and power inequalities fuel insecurity. Understanding gender leads to better policies and outcomes. It is key to the effectiveness and accountability of the security sector and is necessary to comply with international and regional laws. The ultimate goal is to promote gender equality in society by ensuring that both men and women are represented in all processes and that all programs integrate the human rights of everyone...”

Excerpt from Julie L. Arostegui, “Gender, Migration, and Security,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 1, 2016: 48-53.

Julie L. Arostegui, J.D. is a lawyer and expert on international human rights, gender and security. She serves as an international advocate, advisor, trainer, researcher and writer for the civil society, political, security and justice sectors. She has worked with nongovernmental organizations and government agencies and has been a guest lecturer at the Marshall Center.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.