JAKARTA, 11 April 2017 – A regional workshop to validate the draft study report on women migrant workers in the ASEAN Economic Community was held yesterday. It was attended by labour officials from ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Confederation of Employers, ASEAN Trade Union Council, ASEAN Services Employees Trade Union Council, Migrant Forum in Asia, Mekong Migration Network, ASEAN Secretariat, UN Women, and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

The study was part of the 2016-2020 Work Plan of the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. It aimed to shed new light on the trends of women’s labour mobility, access of women migrant workers to the labour markets, their contribution to ASEAN economies and high growth sectors, and challenges of social and economic inclusion.

The report also reviews the current migrant governance frameworks at national and regional levels, providing actionable evidence-based policy recommendations to reap the benefits of women labour mobility to provide fair and equitable migration opportunities for women and enhance regional social and economic development.

Source: http://reliefweb.int/report/world/asean-promote-mobility-women-migrant-workers-region

Among other things, the ASEAN Trade Union Council: 

  • Expressed support for a binding and gender responsive ASEAN Instrument to Implement the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers with an annual evaluation of progress in implementation;
  • Confirmed that the recognition and application of universally accepted fundamental principles and rights at work, including the right to collective bargaining and unionization for all workers, including migrant workers, will facilitate the resolution of migrant workers issues, with the resulting effective dialogue on issues; and
  • ASEAN Member States should consider committing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to migration especially SDG target 10.7 on the orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies

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