Advocating for the Rights of Indonesia's Migrant Workers - Indonesia (June 2018 - May 2019)

Module 1

Program Date: 28 June - 1 July 2018

Location: Jakarta Indonesia

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A special capacity building program focused on the rights of Indonesia’s migrant workers was launched in Jakarta on June 28th, with 27 participants drawn from across Indonesia. The program aims to support advocates working for the millions of Indonesians working in countries such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and across the Middle-East. It is an initiative of MFA/SBMI and DTP and will include 5 x 4-day modules over the next 12 months.  

Over 50% of the participants in the first module were women, many of them returned migrant domestic workers themselves – now engaged in advocacy on behalf of others. 

After welcomes from the program partners and a senior offical of the Indonesian government, the participants introduced themselves and their work – highlighting some of the issues of concern – including the number of deaths of migrant workers in Indonesia, discrimination against and treatment of migrant workers with HIV/AIDS and the treatment of Indonesian seafarers.

Wahyu Susilo of Migrant Care provided an overview of current law, policy and practice relating to migrant workers, while Yuyun Wahyuningrum (DTP alumna) introduced participants to approaches on strategic advocacy, lobbying techniques and ASEAN as a forum for advocacy.  Ellen Sana (DTP alumna) of the Centre of Migrant Advocacy (CMA) and former Chair of Migrant Forum in Asia was able to share valuable experience from advocacy for migrant workers in the Philippines and lead a role-play on interaction with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.


There was very positive feedback from the participants who have now established a WhatsApp group to keep in touch between modules and to share information.  The next module will be in September.