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26 July 2020

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During the 19 April online summit, migrant worker representatives from across Asia and the Middle East discussed ways to connect and engage with Indonesians working abroad in informal positions to ensure they are receiving access to health and safety information about the potential risks of the virus.

Of the nine million Indonesians migrant workers, 69% are working in the informal sector with many of them women working as domestic and household staff. These women are facing increased health risks due to the virus, as well as increased risks of abuse, exploitation and trafficking.

In her presentation to the group, Ms Qoiriah discussed that digital technology is an efficient way for workers to access accurate and verifiable information related to COVID-19, as well as provide a platform for workers to share concerns and issues with support networks and counter-trafficking efforts.  She also recommended partnerships with the private sector and potential government policy interventions and updates. 

The online summit was organised by Indonesian NGO, RUMAH BERDIKARI in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Information and Communication (KOMINFO) and Commission 1 of the Indonesian Parliament responsible for Security and International Affairs.  


Photo Caption: Inclusion and Victim Rights Director, Ms Nurul Qoiriah, joins 90 migrant worker representatives to discuss ways to protect Indonesian migrant workers in informal jobs from increased health and safety issues due to the COVID-19. 

Event: Online summit organised by Indonesian migrant focussed NGO’s to discuss ways to protect Indonesian migrant workers, especially women, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who: Nurul Qoiriah, ASEAN-ACT’s Inclusion and Victim Rights Director joined a group of panellists addressing 90 Indonesians on support for migrant workers, who are experiencing increased vulnerability due to COVID-19.

Also on the panel was Ms. Meuthya Hafid, Chairman of Commission I (Parliamentary committee into Defense, military, intelligence assessment, information and foreign affairs) and Mr. Gun Gun Siswadi, from the Ministry of Information and Communication. Most of the participants where currently living and working overseas, mainly in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia.

What: The online summit was organised by local Indonesian NGO, RUMAH BERDIKARI in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Information and Communication (KOMINFO) and the Commission I of the Indonesian Parliament responsible for Security and International Affairs.

How: Nurul was invited to join the seminar and present on the potential increased risks for migrant workers to trafficking, and associated exploitation.

Why: Of the 9 million Indonesians working abroad, 69% are working in informal sectors such as domestic workers, nannies, labourers in agriculture and construction. These migrant workers are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and are potentially facing increased vulnerability due to changes in their employment status.