ASEAN is home to over ten million migrant workers, half of which are women. Building on the 2017 ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, the EU is supporting ASEAN to ensure safe labour migration by protecting and promoting the rights of migrant workers.
Realizing women migrant workers’ rights
and opportunities in the ASEAN region
Violence against women migrant workers is one of the most pervasive human rights violations affecting millions of migrants in ASEAN. To ensure safe and fair labour migration for all women in the ASEAN region, the EU is working with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Safe and Fair Programme. Safe and Fair is part of the multiyear EU-UN Spotlight Initiative with a global budget of €500 million, to eliminate violence against women and girls by 2030.