January 2019
Dear friends,
Warm greetings from Bangkok!
This year marks GAATW's 25
Anniversary! As our International Coordinator shared in her
end of year message, we spent some time last year in conversations with our members
and partners, reflecting on the lessons learnt over the past quarter of a century, and
deliberating on the future priorities of our Alliance.
Now it's time to put these inspiring conversations into action, as we mark our anniversary
year. In 2019 will strengthen the Alliance through inter-regional and cross-sectoral
knowledge-sharing and learning by holding two global consultations: on Prevention of
Trafficking and Unsafe Migration in April, and a knowledge-sharing forum on Women, Work
and Migration in the last quarter of the year. Given the limited funding for this type of
convening, we will also organise a number of webinars on topics identified by the GAATW
Secretariat and members, such as feminism, movement building, trafficking in conflict,
labour, sex work, as well as inter-regional migration. Where possible and needed, we will
organise learning trips for members and partners in origin and destination countries.
This year we will also move towards a more pronounced articulation of a labour approach
to trafficking. Such an approach seeks to create a shift in the power dynamics between
workers, employers and states, and enhance the power of all workers, regardless of status
and sector, to enjoy a living wage, decent working conditions and full labour rights, free
from exploitation and risks of trafficking. A labour approach would shift the focus away
from individual harms to the power disparities between workers and employers and the
economic and social conditions that make people at risk of trafficking. We hope to
challenge, with new analysis and evidence, the social and economic invisibility of women's
work, promote policy recognition of women workers, and support their mobilisation,
collective voice, bargaining power and representation in relevant policy processes.
We will continue working with women and girls from tribal communities in Orissa, India
before they migrate, or decide to migrate, for work within or outside their state. We will
also continue documenting and sharing women's experiences with work and migration
through our three Feminist Participatory Action Research projects focusing on the
domestic work, garment and entertainment sectors in South, Southeast and West Asia,
and the domestic work sector on the East Africa-West Asia migration corridor, and in
Thailand. In Latin America, we will work with our members to document migrant women

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