Indonesia supports gender-responsive protection for its migrant workers
Together with the Ministry of Manpower and the Migrant Workers Network, the joint ILO-UN Women Safe and Fair programme launched gender-responsive guideline and procedure to promote safe and fair migration for all.
Officially launched by the Ida Fauziyah, Minister of Manpower, the three instruments consist of the Technical Guideline on Gender-Responsive Service and Protection for Indonesian Migrant Workers, the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) for Private Placement Agency (P3MI) and the SOP for Technical Education and Vocational Training Centre (TVET/BLKLN) for Overseas on Services and Protection for Indonesian migrant workers in the New Adaptive.
The Guideline and SOPs can provide protection, need fulfilment and case-handling that are responsive to different needs from various existing gender groups."Ida Fauziyah, Minister of Manpower
Minister Ida hoped that the gender-responsive guideline and the SOPs could provide gender equality, equity and justice for all migrant workers, both men and women. She also hoped that the three guideline and SOPs could effectively implemented and institutionalized by relevant institutions of governments, labour attaches, private placement agencies, training centres, trade unions, NGOs and so forth.
“The Guideline and SOPs can provide protection, need fulfilment and case-handling that are responsive to different needs from various existing gender groups. Women migrant workers have positively contributed to social and economic development; yet they are also very vulnerable to exploitation and harassment as well as labour right violence,” stated Minister Ida.
The promotion and protection of migrant workers’ rights at all stages are crucial."Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia
Three crucial instruments to better protect migrant workersThe Technical Guideline consists of four guideline services: gender-responsive government’s services at pre-departure level, services during employment by labour attache, code of conduct for private companies and gender-responsive programme by trade unions and NGOs deal with migrant worker issue.
Meanwhile the SOPs aim to provide minimum standards on risk mitigation measures by governmental and private service providers in order to ensure safe migrant workers’ placement and protection in the new adaptive era during the pandemic.
We have 255 people in the development process. Yet, the most important thing is that we really listen the voices and aspirations of women migrant workers."Savitri Wisnuwardhani, National Secretary of JBM
Savitri Wisnuwardhani, National Secretary of JBM, added that the guideline was developed based on inclusive and participatory research process involving various stakeholders from governments at national, regional and village levels, trade unions, village leaders and society, institutions deal with migrant workers issue and so forth. “We have 255 people in the development process. Yet, the most important thing is that we really listen the voices and aspirations of women migrant workers,” she said.
We continue to support the efforts taken by the Indonesian government and other relevant partners to realize safe and fair migration for all."Sinthia Harkrisnowo, the ILO’s programme coordinator of the ILO-UN Women Safe and Fair programme
“The join programme is part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative aimed to eliminate violence against women and girls and to ensure safe and fair labour migration in the ASEAN region, including Indonesia. We continue to support the efforts taken by the Indonesian government and other relevant partners to realize safe and fair migration for all,” she concluded.