STATEMENT BY MS. DIRA FABRIAN, DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA AT THE INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH THE WORKING GROUP ON DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN
44th SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 6 JULY 2020
We thank the Working Group for their report and commend their work which shows that more actions are needed to remove all discrimination against women amidst the changing world of work. Particularly women migrant workers.
This includes the introduction of legal safeguards against their exploitation which is even more imperative considering women migrant workers’ tremendous contribution in providing care during the pandemic.
The advance development of technology and digital platforms provides greater opportunity in our efforts in advancing gender equality and protecting women’s right in the world of work.
For our part, Indonesia promotes the role of women in ICT-based economy, through capacity building in computer programming (coding) and financial literacy to enable housewife and former women migrant workers to take part in local economy. While for women entrepreneurs, we provide capacity building programs on financial literacy, marketing and digital economy.
The pandemic further highlights the need for just and favorable conditions of work and protection for workers not to be exploited or deprived of work arbitrarily and unfairly. This includes the need for better protection for women migrant workers in health sector, including those working in care institutions.
My delegation is of the view that the recommendations by the Working Group could support countries in identifying and creating policies to protect the rights of women migrant workers and their families during the pandemic.
I thank you.