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Labour and Migration2018-11-26T11:07:14+00:00

Labour and Migration (L&M)

The programme has two goals: To advance women workers’ rights to Decent Work and participatory democracy by shaping and organising labour movements (Labour – Women Organising Women programme); To ensure women migrants enjoy substantive equality and are able to make informed choices about migration (Migration programme). It focuses on increasing capacities, voices and leadership of women workers and migrants by providing feminist organising training, Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) and supporting networks for collective labour and  migrant movements building, including the United for Foreign Domestic Workers’ Rights (UFDWR).

We work to empower women workers, particularly women migrants in advocating for their rights to Decent work and Living Wage. We support the formation and strengthening of labour movements by providing capacity building as well as tools and resources for women workers.

The majority of women in Asia Pacific work under the most vulnerable conditions, for very low wages and in unsafe workplaces. They are often prevented to organise while threatened with loss of employment. Women are also a majority in informal work, where they are not guaranteed any social protection such as minimum wage, sick leave or maternity leave. Conflict, poor economic conditions and increasing demand for home-based care for aging populations of developed countries drives migrant labour.

Our Labour and Migration programme conducts capacity building for women workers’ organisations to strengthen their advocacy and organising on worker’s rights. We have also helped women trade union leaders to engage and influence standard-setting processes relating to labour rights, including migrant workers’ rights, in national, regional and international level. We have developed resources and tools that can be used for advocacy of workers’ rights and also facilitated solidarity building among women workers unions at the regional and global level.