Arlington, Va.- On March 8, International Women’s Day, we at ECDC acknowledge the unique challenges immigrant and refugee women face worldwide. These women often face multiple forms of discrimination and marginalization, including cultural, language, and social barriers, gender-based violence, and lack of access to health care and essential life resources.
Thousands of immigrant and refugee women are forced to leave their homes and families in search of safety and a better life. They generally face perilous journeys, detention, and deportation.
Once they arrive in a new country, they often face significant barriers to integration, including discrimination in the job market, lack of access to education and healthcare, and social isolation.
Despite these challenges, immigrant and refugee women have demonstrated remarkable resilience and strength in the face of adversity. They have brought a wealth of knowledge, skills, and cultural diversity that enriches their new communities. Many have also become leaders in their communities, advocating for the rights of other immigrants and refugees and fighting for greater equality and social justice.
On this International Women’s Day, let us recognize and honor the contributions of immigrant and refugee women worldwide.
Let us work together to break down the barriers preventing them from realizing their full potential and ensure they are valued, supported, and empowered to live fulfilling and meaningful