Episode 29: The middle Road interviews Paola Cyment, Women in Migration Network

Hello Everyone, very happy to introduce Paola Cyment, a Senior Project Manager at Women in Migration Network, a nonprofit that promotes women’s human rights for all migration and development policies. Paola wears many hats professionally and has worked across many organizations and profiles within the international development sector. She is presently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has a master’s in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. In today’s splendid discussion, I chat with Paola on many issues governing society including women’s rights.

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Hello, Paola great to have you for a podcast with The middle Road. Paola, you work in a fascinating country, Argentina. I am a diehard fan of Diego Maradona, Messi, and Argentina’s soccer team. Delighted to feature someone from the Argentina on The middle Road platform.

  • Paola, kindly discuss your present work at the Women in Migration Network.

The situation for migrants has been very bad. Algeria expelled over 17,000 migrants last year mostly Sub-Saharan African, between January and October 10 last year, including hundreds of women and children and some registered asylum seekers. This continued even during COVID-19 lockdown, included violations of women’s dignity.. 1 Women trafficking is increasing, according to human rights watch at alarming levels in some countries globally. On the other hand, Armenia ratified the Council of Europe’s Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“Lanzarote Convention”). 1

 

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You are an advocate of migrant women’s human rights. What are your views about 2021, do you think the world is making progress with respect to migrant women and girls human rights? You worked on a global mapping report on the intersection of gender and migration. Your work encompassed research of more than 300 organizations, kindly share the methodology of the process behind the report.

You studied at a policy school at Columbia, one of the best academic institutions in the world. How did your school prepare you for your journey within the development sector? You are also part of the expert working group on addressing women’s human rights in the global compact. You worked along with many leading organizations example UN Women, UNICEF, ILO, UNHCR, etc.

  • How effective are these global intuitions in addressing social problems?
  • What could be done to empower these institutions to better humanity?

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Legalisation and decriminalization of abortion is a huge issue in your country. Since December 2020, abortion is legal in Argentina within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. 2  The implementation of the law of legalization of abortion with the first 14 weeks of pregnancy met with severe roadblocks.

  • How would you rate Argentina among the South American countries in this aspect?

The war in Ukraine has created one of the largest humanitarian crises. There are concerns about exploitation of women including human trafficking. The European Union has done an exemplary job in integrating refugees within its block. What more could be done to stop women’s exploitation. Please share an Aha moment with the world that makes you happy.

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References

1. Human Rights Watch
2. Amnesty 

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No Borders To Equality (womeninmigration.org)