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Women migrant workers’ face discrimination, says UN

Khmer Times, Cambodia, 13 August 2021 - Pauline Tamesis, the United Nations (UN) resident coordinator in Cambodia, said that women migrant workers are facing discrimination when they try to access migration services through formal and informal channels.

In her speech during a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Tamesis outlined that a project called “Safe and Fair”, funded by the UN and the European Union (EU), is being implemented in Cambodia to provide assistance for Cambodian women migrant workers.

“Together we can ensure that women migrants are informed, empowered and are provided with legal and other forms of GBV (gender-based violence) services,” said Tamesis.

To achieve this goal, she recommended that the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, who participate as the co-chairs of the project “Safe and Fair” with civil society, continue to enhance coordination with ministries and other UN projects for women migrant workers.

“This would enhance the operation of the Safe and Fair initiative to address multiple forms of structural barriers that continue to discriminate against women migrant workers,” said Tamesis.

Moreover, she said that providing GBV services to migrant women and girls during the Covid-19 outbreak can help them to have equal access to these services.

“Everyone has the right to health care services, including reproductive health care and social security. It needs to be in the ‘spotlight’ while Cambodia continues to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” Tamesis said.



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