Regional conference on human rights instruments, international labour standards, and women migrant workers' rights


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Gihan Hassanein, Communications Officer
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Press Conference following the Regional Conference on Human Rights Instruments, International Labour Standards, and Women Migrant Workers’ Rights


H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women's Affairs
H.E. Secretary of State Seng Sakda, Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training
H.E Secretary of State Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior
Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan, Deputy Regional Director, UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Office
Ms Sringatin, Vice-Chairperson of the Indonesian Migrant Workers' Union, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Senior government officials of participating countries will be available to meet the press


5 September 2012, 17:00 – 17:30


Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


On 4-5 September 2012, the Regional Conference on Human Rights Instruments, International Labour Standards, and Women Migrant Workers' Rights will be held at the Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Conference is co-organized by UN Women and the Royal Government of Cambodia, Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Ministry of Women's Affairs, and Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization. This high-level event will involve a dynamic exchange of good practices, and will develop concrete next steps to strengthen national migration management frameworks to fully empower women migrant workers to claim their rights and celebrate their contributions to sustainable development.

The Regional Conference will bring together around 120 delegates, including 35 senior government officials from 12 countries of origin and destination of women migrant workers across Asia; representatives of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN); non-governmental organizations; trade unions; recruitment agencies; and women migrant workers themselves.

The aim of the Conference is to better protect and empower women migrant workers and to guarantee their access to justice. This will involve either identifying the specific needs of countries to reform their laws and policies, or ensure their enforcement by closing remaining protection gaps. It will draw on key international human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), also called the “Women's Bill of Rights”, the International Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICRMW), and the new ILO Convention 189 and Recommendation No 201 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

Click here to download the Concept Note and Draft Agenda for your information. For inquiries and confirmation of your participation, please contact:

Ms Gihan Hassanein, UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Office (tel:+66 090 405 3829; email: [ Click to reveal ])
Mr Va Ros, UN Women Cambodia (tel: email [ Click to reveal ] )