Last August 20, 2021 Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute (MC-WAGI) in partnership with UN Women, Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) culminated a two-year training and webinar series with major stake holders in the private and public sectors with a high-level dialogue entitled “Strategic Ways Forward: A High-level Dialogue on Strengthening Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence and Migration.”
This high-level dialogue is part of the Safe and Fair Programme: Realizing Women Migrant Workers’ Rights and Opportunities in the ASEAN Region. Safe and Fair is part of the multi-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls and is jointly implemented by UN Women and ILO in cooperation with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in all ten countries in ASEAN.
A total of 52 participants attended the dialogue. Notably, Amb. Laura Quiambao-del Rosario of Miriam College, Officer-In-Charge Carla Silbert of UN Women Philippines, USec. Sarah Arriola of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Executive Director Ma. Kristine Josefina G. Balmes of the Philippine Commission on Women, Usec. Luzviminda C. Ilagan of DSWD, and Prof. Walden Bello of Focus on the Global South.
Some of the most salient recommendations from the dialogue may be classified into Economic and Livelihood such as designing a comprehensive reintegration plan for the estimated 30% of OFWs who are unlikely to return to work abroad due to the COVID19 pandemic;
Using the “16 Essentials for Quality Multisectoral Service Provision to Women Migrant Workers Subject to Violence” developed by UN Women as a standard to ensure existing programs, services, pathways, protocols and referral systems for addressing cases of GBV committed against Filipino women migrant workers are gender-sensitive, survivor-centered and trauma-informed under Law and Policy recommendations;
Finally, harmonize data collation, system and management to include safekeeping and access as a recommendation under Data among others.