14 March 2019
National Project Advisory Meeting (PAM) for Safe & Fair: Realizing Women Migrant Workers’ Rights and Opportunities in the ASEAN Region took place in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.
Safe & Fair is implemented through a partnership between the ILO and UN Women with the objective of ensuring that labour migration is safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region.
The project is part of the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls that will be jointly implemented between the European Union and United Nations from 2018 to 2022.
This program has been implementing in all ASEAN member states including Myanmar, and the meeting aims to provide suggestions for safe and fair migration of women.
Union Minister, Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, H.E. Thein Swe said “This program has been implemented in 10 ASEAN member states for safe and fair migration of women. In Myanmar, about 40% of migrants are women. In order to have fair rights and legal protection with safe migration for those migrant women, we are making discussions through this kind of meeting. Likewise, all the works being undertaken at present will be reviewed and suggestions will be made for better work plans.”
The program aims to address women migrant workers’ vulnerabilities to violence and trafficking. It also intends to strengthen rights-based and gender-responsive approaches to violence against women and labour migration governance and support access to essential services.
Union Minister, Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, H.E. Thein Swe said “Most of the women become the victims of trafficking due to lack of information, over trusting to others, lack of knowledge on formal procedures and how to make complaint. The Ministry is implementing for providing these mechanism through raising awareness and educative programs. Effective actions have also been taken to the cases in cooperation with the related Ministries.”
Myanmar migrant workers have been sending to 18 countries through 273 licensed agencies in line with the Law Relating to Overseas Employment 1999.
The Complaint Mechanism Centers have been opened since 2013 and actions are being taken to tackle the issues faced by the migrant workers in line with the law. Information for migrant workers has been provided at Migrant Resource Centers – MRC opened at Employment and Labour Offices in 14 townships.