Labour migration and the Women of Central Asia

Launched in March 2010 by UN Women in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Bank, the Regional Migration Programme for Central Asia assists States to develop policies that comply with international labour migration treaties and human rights commitments and standards.

Funded with the support of the UK Government, the Programme offers Central Asian labour migrants and their wives and families a wide range of gender-specific counselling, information and legal services.

Within the Programme, UN Women:

  • builds essential skills to upgrade living standards for the most disadvantaged of the families left behind by labour migrants;
  • collaborates with authorities, media and civil society to build tolerance for labour migrants and their families and to combat xenophobia and discrimination in destination countries;
  • assists Central Asian countries to design laws and policies that promote social and economic empowerment of domestic workers, the most invisible and vulnerable of labour migrants.