Held on December 3 to 4, 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Women hosted the inter-regional meeting, titled “Labour mobility between Asia and the Arab States: Sharing of experiences and progress under the Bali Declaration with specific focus on women migrant workers” in Bangkok, Thailand.
Emmanuel Gomez, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Staffhouse International Resources Corporation (Philippines), was one of the panelists in a session for protection, with particular focus on women migrant workers (policies and good practices). Here he talked about the role of recruitment agencies in the protection of women migrant workers.
He mentioned how Staffhouse International is able to help both employers and workers access and navigate the labor market. Gomez also talked about how there are guidelines recruitment agencies can follow to lessen instances of women migrant workers from being subjected to exploitation, abuse, and violence. This includes using due diligence throughout their operations, avoiding the use of sub-agents, charging no fees to workers, pre-departure orientation and training, and on-site monitoring in countries of destination.
Staffhouse was also cited for having good practices for embodying the values of fair and ethical recruitment, aligned with the fundamental principle of the ILO Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181), “agencies shall not charge directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, any fees or costs to workers.”.
The meeting was attended by guests and delegates from Asia, Arab states, Africa, as well as representatives from the European Delegation (EU) to Thailand, regional experts from ILO, UN Women, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Other issues such as fair recruitment, protection of all migrant workers, progress in redressing employer-employee relationships, and partnerships, specific to women migrant workers were given importance in the meeting.