This Article considers the impact of the Migrant Workers Convention on
the human rights of women migrants. While the adoption of a convention
targeting abuses against migrant workers is a significant development in
international human rights law, the author cautions that its specialized
nature might be perceived as a limitation on the obligations that states
owe to women migrants. The author warns against traditional, singlevariable,
compartmentalization of human rights treaties that would make
the Migrant Workers Convention the only applicable human rights tool to
women migrants, and, instead, advocates an intersectional approach.
Using intersectionality, the author shows that many of the major human
rights treaties can be invoked on behalf of the empowerment of migrant
workers. While advocates and scholars should welcome the Migrant
Workers' Convention as an interpretive tool and as a potential site for the
development of best practices, they should also refocus their attention on
the entire range of human rights treaties, and consider the ways in which
the rights of women migrants are already included in the panoply of
standards set out in those instruments.
Margaret L. Satterthwaite,
Crossing Borders, Claiming Rights: Using Human Rights Law to Empower Women Migrant Workers,
Yale Hum. Rts. & Dev. L.J.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol8/iss1/1