While all migrants are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, women migrants face double discrimination, as women and as migrants. This project will ensure 2 500 vulnerable migrant women and girls in South Africa have access to maternal, sexual and reproductive health care and are safe from all forms of violence. It will also assist 1000 migrants with humane repatriation and reintegration aid within the Southern Africa Region. A Regional Migrant Management Strategy and Model will be developed.
The challenges that migration discussions suffer are lack of accurate data about the size and characteristics of migrant population in Southern Africa. Evidence shows that more than 40% population of regional migrants are women and girls. Female migrants face major risks including sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence. Women don't stop getting pregnant when they are in transit and at their destinations, and struggle to get health services. Detention homes are crowded with female migrants
A Situational Analysis on migrants' welfare and access to health challenges will be conducted. RESA will establish a Call Center for emergency help and safety for migrant women. It will also provide transport fares for migrant women and girls to access health care services. A Resource and referral Center to educate migrants on types of help and where to find it, will be established. A voluntary return package (one-way ticket) will be provided to ensure humane repatriation and reintegration aid.
The project will ensure 2 500 migrant women and girls in South Africa (from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho and Mozambique) have access to maternal and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and there will be greater reduction in gender based violence. Also, 1000 migrants will be provided with one way tickets home to ensure humane repatriation services for migrant women and girls within the Southern African Region. Data on the size and character of regional migration be available.