Written by Yusmiati Vistamika Wangka

The UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) has scheduled to review the Indonesia’s initial report regarding the implementation of the International convention of migrant worker and their families on September 5th -6th  2017. Since the convention was ratified in 2012, this is the first time that the Indonesian government will submit the report. Migrant Care, one of the Non-Government Organization that works with migrant workers issues, took the initiative to conduct a two days workshop where Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and institutions -including Persekutuan Gereja-gereja di Indonesia (PGI) / Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI)- were invited to work on the shadow report.

As a result, the CSO report will be submitted to UN CMW on 14th of August, follow up by a press conference in Jakarta prior to the UN CMW session. There will be CSO delegations in Geneva to participate on the 27th session, including informal meetings with the Committee.

Attending this workshop reminded me the exposition in the UN last year, when I was invited by Mission 21 to participate in the Advocacy for Women’s Rights training in Geneva. In this instance, we learnt about UN mechanism, treaties, international instruments, etc. Hopefully, whatever the agreement we achieve, the benefit will go to migrant workers and their families!