UN Women and the European Union (EU) handed over 3,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene kit, and information materials for preventing violence against women to the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs. The kits will be distributed to returning Indonesian migrant workers as part of the joint commitment to support Government of Indonesia in its efforts towards containing COVID-19.
There are 23,858 Indonesian women migrant workers or 70% of total migrant workers, returning from countries affected by COVID-19 as of July 2020. Of that figures, some returnees have been put under quarantine at the Ministry of Social Affairs temporary shelter as part of COVID-19 precautionary protocols.
Women migrant workers have been at risk of exploitation, subjected to multiple layers of discrimination and gender-based violence even before the pandemic – a situation which is now exacerbated. They also face a higher risk of losing livelihoods, having their labour and human rights violated, including trafficking, and contracting the coronavirus.
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