United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women

Commission on the Status of Women
50th Session

High-Level Panel

High-Level Panel - Gender Dimensions of International Migration(Thursday, 2 March 2006, 3-6 PM, Conference room 2)


  • Dr. Monica Boyd [ paper/presentation ]
    Dr. Monica Boyd is the Canada Research Chair in Sociology at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Senior Scholar at Statistics Canada. A demographer and sociologist, Dr. Boyd has written numerous articles, books, and monographs on gender inequality, ethnic stratification, and international migration focusing on policy, migrant integration, and immigrant women. She is a member of Canada’s national academy (Royal Society of Canada), a past member of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (federal cabinet appointment) and a current member of the National Statistics Council, a body of business and academic experts that advises the Chief Statistician of Canada.
  • Dr. Manuel Orozco [ paper/presentation ]
    Dr. Manuel Orozco is a senior associate at the Inter-American Dialogue, where he serves as Executive Director of the Remittances and Rural Development project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He is Chair of Central America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. Dr. Orozco taught political science at the University of Akron, Ohio, and international relations in Costa Rica. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s Degree in public administration and Latin American studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree in international relations from the National University of Costa Rica.
  • Ms. Ndioro Ndiaye [ paper/presentation ]
    Ms. Ndioro Ndiaye is the Deputy Director of the International Organization for Migration in Geneva. As a former Minister of Social Development of Senegal, she co-ordinated humanitarian activities during the crisis between Senegal and Mauritania. Ms. Ndiaye has contributed to the preparation of the 1992 World Summit on the Economic Promotion of Rural Women held in Geneva, Switzerland, and to the follow-up meeting in Brussels, Belgium, in 1994.As the Chairperson of the 5th Regional Conference of African Women, she contributed to the preparation of the United Nations Fourth Conference on Women held in Beijing, China, in 1995. She also participated, as a member of the Advisory Board, in the preparation of the World Summit for Social Development held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1995. Mrs. Ndioro Ndiaye has published numerous scientific papers and is the author of several books and studies on social and political affairs.
  • Dr. Maruja Milagros B. Asis [ paper/presentation ]
    Dr. Maruja Milagros B. Asis is Director of Research and Publications at the Scalabrini Migration Center. She completed her PhD in Sociology at Bowling Green State University in 1989. Her major research interest is the study of migration and social change. She has directed research projects on unauthorized migration, female migration, and the impacts of migration on families left-behind. Presently, she is researching educational aspirations and migration intentions of young Filipinos. She is Associate Editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal and is Co-Editor of the bi-weekly Asian Migration News. She has published numerous articles and books and has participated in international conferences and expert group meetings. She was previously Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of the Philippines.
  • Dr. Irena Omelaniuk [ paper/presentation ]
    Dr. Irena Omelaniuk is currently on secondment from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the World Bank as Migration Adviser in the Development Prospects Group. She has been with IOM for eleven years and has worked in the migration field for more than 20 years. As Director of Migration Management Services in the years 2000-2004, she coordinated IOM’s global program planning on counter trafficking, labour migration, voluntary return and technical cooperation. In 2004, she was Editor-in-Chief of IOM’s flagship publication World Migration 2005. Irena Omelaniuk has published and presented extensively, most recently a paper on “Gender, Poverty Reduction and Migration” at the International Conference for Women Leaders, in Haifa, September, 2005; and a chapter on “Elements of a more Global Approach to Migration Management,” in World Migration Report 2003.

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