Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday welcomed the move of the United Nations General Assembly adopting by consensus a Philippine-sponsored resolution that seeks to protect women migrant workers around the world.
“I welcome the UN adoption of this resolution which seeks to protect the welfare and rights of migrant women workers around the world,” said Baldoz. “As author and proponent of the resolution, the Philippines once again demonstrated its consistent support to the effective implementation of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189,” she added.
Co-sponsored by 53 other countries, the resolution was initiated by the Philippines and Indonesia during the international body’s 68th plenary assembly last 18 December 2013.
Baldoz said the resolution advised governments to strongly encourage all stakeholders, especially the private sector, including employment agencies involved in recruiting migrant workers, to strengthen the focus on and funding support for the prevention of violence against women migrant workers.
The resolution urged UN member-states to ratify conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) protecting domestic workers, the families of all migrant workers, and smuggled, or trafficked persons.
It also granted women migrant domestic workers, including those in the domestic service, access to gender-sensitive and transparent mechanisms in bringing complaints against employers, as well as the termination of their contract in case of labor and economic exploitation; discrimination; sexual harassment; violence; and sexual abuse in the workplace.
The measure particularly urged governments to legally allow women migrant workers who are victims of violence to seek residency permits independently of abusive employers or spouses.
The resolution also aimed to end sponsorship systems that abuse women migrant workers.
Baldoz added that through the UN’s adoption of the resolution, policies and programs of the UN member nations will provide full protection of the rights and welfare of Filipino migrant women.
The labor chief added that the resolution will also pave the way for enhancing the responsiveness of government programs and service on protection against abuse and exploitation of female migrant workers.
The UN session also approved the following resolutions that benefit women: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; Improvement of the situation of women in rural areas; and Follow-up to the 4th World Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.