Gender Issues

Protecting vulnerable Haitians in camps

IOM Haiti has received US$ 2.088 million in new funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to contribute to the protection of the most vulnerable people displaced by the earthquake.

Women helping women









By Sylvia Lopez-Ekra

“Dear woman,

If you are worried about trafficking…now is the time to put an end to it. Or perhaps you are going through it now. We want to be there for you and encourage you to find your way out, to leave it behind you, as each of us did. It is not easy, but it can be done! Although you may feel very weak, if you feel anything, do not let the light inside you go out.

A night helping trafficked Filipinas back from Syria

By: Romina D. Sta. Clara

It’s the first time I joined the field operations of IOM-Philippines on assisted voluntary return.  In this case, the Government of the Philippines through its embassy in Syria has requested IOM to assist with the voluntary return of about 60 Filipinos. For IOM, this means providing assistance in transportation (from Syria airport until they reach the Philippine airport) and ensuring that the returnees are properly endorsed to government authorities upon arrival at the Philippine airport. For this kind of work, routine coordination is made with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Immigration (BoI), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA),  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).