Bans Will Not Stop Women from Migrating

by Susan Thieme

PastedGraphic-2-1Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is currently debating whether to impose a ban on young women aged under 23 leaving the country without their parents’ written consent. While at first glance the government’s concern about their citizens abroad seems well-intentioned, experiences from other countries such as Nepal show that curtailing women’s mobility is not only discriminatory but has also failed to reduce the exploitation and trafficking of women.by Susan Thieme

PastedGraphic-2-1Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is currently debating whether to impose a ban on young women aged under 23 leaving the country without their parents’ written consent. While at first glance the government’s concern about their citizens abroad seems well-intentioned, experiences from other countries such as Nepal show that curtailing women’s mobility is not only discriminatory but has also failed to reduce the exploitation and trafficking of women. Continue reading