Making decent work a reality for domestic workers: Progress and prospects in Asia and the Pacific, ten years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189)
In 2011, the international community adopted the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), which recognized for the first time that domestic work is work and that domestic workers should enjoy the same labour protections as all other workers.
12 June 2021 - 11 June 2022
16 June 2021 is the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO’s Domestic Work Convention (No. 189).
24 March 2021
The joint ILO-UN Women Safe and Fair Programme, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, will host a webinar to discuss and share good practices for responsible and ethical reporting of labour migration and gender-based violence and discrimination against migrant workers among media professionals. Safe and Fair will also launch the Media-friendly glossary on migration: Women migrant workers and ending violence against women edition. The glossary serves a guide for journalists, reporters, researchers and trainers who conduct trainings or write about women’s labour migration, and who write about violence against women in the context of migration.
A brief on ILO's priorities in Asia and the Pacific, January 2021 edition
Media-friendly glossary on migration: Women migrant workers and ending violence against women (EVAW) edition
This glossary serves as a guide for journalists, researchers, practitioners and others who conduct trainings or write about women’s labour migration and violence against women.
Extension of Partnership Agreement between International Labour Organization and Singapore Ministry of Manpower will see continuation of collaboration and joint activities throughout the ASEAN region.
Making women migrant workers count: Sex disaggregation of labour migration statistics in ASEAN (2019 data)
The International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database in ASEAN has been published annually since December 2014. In validating, annotating and gathering information from relevant surveys and administrative records produced in ASEAN, ILMS Database in ASEAN fills an important knowledge gap for national and regional policy-makers and for the broader research community. In 2019 ILMS was updated to ensure data disaggregations by sex for all data categories. This allows for a concerted focus on data on women migrant workers throughout ASEAN. The collection and use of data on women migrant workers in ASEAN ensures that women are counted and seen. Only with accurate data, can governments form evidence-based, gender-responsive policies and tripartite-plus partners ensure essential service provision is proportionate to women’s numbers in labour migration.
In 2019 the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative’s Safe and Fair (ILO and UN Women) and TRIANGLE in ASEAN (ILO) projects conducted a survey of 4,099 nationals, a follow-up to an earlier survey carried out by the ILO in 2010, to analyse changes of public attitudes towards migrant workers in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, and adding Japan, given its emergence as an important destination country for low-skilled migrant workers in Asia. The study reveals that support for migrant workers in destination countries has decreased overall in the past nine years. The study also provides data evidence for policy making and campaign organizing to promote a more inclusive and supportive environment for migrant workers. The focus on women migrant workers’ issues in the report uncovers topics with high support from the public that can be leveraged as entry points. Where there is considerable public support for addressing violence as well as bolstering working conditions for domestic workers, policy change might be easier, with reforms that can ensure positive migration outcomes for women migrant workers.
Mobile women and mobile phones: Women migrant workers’ use of information and communication technologies in ASEAN
The joint ILO-UN Women Safe and Fair Programme: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (part of the multi-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls) undertook a qualitative study involving potential and returned women migrant workers in four countries of origin in the ASEAN region – Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. The study covers intra-ASEAN labour migration, including women who intended to migrate to, or had just returned from, Malaysia, Singapore, or Thailand. The study provides insight into women migrant workers’ use of mobile phones, and how women migrant workers could access more accurate information throughout the migration process and increase their connections with peers.
Virtual technical discussion on the mutual recognition of skills on Building Electrical Wiring: A collaboration between Thailand and Cambodia
1 - 3 December 2020
ILO, through the ILO/Korea Partnership Programme, and in collaboration with Cambodia's Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and Thailand's Ministry of Labour, organized an online technical discussion on the mutual recognition of skills for Building Electrial Wiring Level 1. This effort attends to moving towrds the mutual recognition of skills in ASEAN.