- The Washington Times - Friday, March 6, 2015

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday, the director of the International Organization for Migration called upon nations to recognize the plight that refugees and displaced women are facing in conflicts around the globe.

“More and more women have fled violence and disaster using dangerous migration methods,” the director, William Swing, said Friday. “These women face the terrible dangers of being trafficked, kidnapped and sold into slavery — dangers that do not end on arrival in the city or country they hoped would be a haven.”

The United Nations estimates there are more than 50 million displaced people in the world. Many are fleeing violence from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or conflict in northern Africa with civil wars and attacks by Boko Haram.

“In these difficult times, we must ensure we not only recognize the challenges women face, but we uphold their achievements, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality,” Mr. Swing said.

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