ASEAN High-Level Policy Dialogue on Women Migrant Workers in the AEC


07 July 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia


On 7th July 2017, the ASEAN High-Level Policy Dialogue on Women Migrant Workers in the AEC was held at Jakarta, Indonesia. Sis Sri Maryati from ASPEK Indonesia represented ASETUC to attend the event.


The High-Level Policy Dialogue discussed about on the influence of AEC on women migrant workers, measuring the extent to which protection from original and destination countries provided to women migrant workers who look for work to improve their family condition.

The event was participated by 50 representatives from the Ministry of Manpower and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from ASEAN Secretariat, German Embassy, Canada Embassy and representatives from various countries, representatives from UN Women, FES, ILO, NGO, ACE, ASETUC, ATUC and TFAMW.


There were two focus topics during the discussion as follows  :


1. Does the priority integration sector (PIS) promote employment opportunities, decent work conditions and skills development for women migrant workers?

2. Does the formation of AEC create opportunities or exacerbate challenges to woman migrant workers?


Women migrant workers should be given opportunity to learn about information on labour market, and important policies involved. Besides that, the dialogue also highlighted on the access of women migrant workers to decent wages and social protection. Other topics covered include the fundamental rights of women migrant workers, ILO Convention, Occupational Safety and Health, and trainings. 


The Study Report on Women Migrant Workers in the AEC was launched during the Policy Dialogue. “The study advocates and shows the benefits of progressive migration policies with a gender perspective on national and regional level,” said Adrienne Woltersdorf, Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia. “Inclusive migration policies contribute to economic growth, allow women to achieve their full potential as agents of development and make conditions for women workers safer and therefore more productive.”


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