Regional Workshop on Ethical Business and Recruitment Practices in Labour Migration (UAE, 1 May – 4 May, 2014)
The capacity building program focused on the responsibilities of the private sector to the human rights of migrant workers in the Middle East – building familiarity with the UN’s human rights and business framework and its Guiding Principles. It looked particularly at the recruitment industry that facilitates the large scale movement of these workers from countries of origin in Asia, the Middle-East and North Africa to work in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
There were 22 participants in the program, nine of them women, from 12 countries of origin and destination. All of the participants work on issues related to the rights of migrant workers. Most came from civil society organisations - NGOs and Trade Unions (TUs). Two worked in the private sector. They were all selected on the basis of their interest and commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of migrant workers.
The trainers and facilitators included William Gois (Regional Coordinator of MFA) Marie Apostol (Founding Director, Fair Hire Initiative, Philippines) Tristan Foster (Founder FSI, Dubai), Matthew Coghlan (human rights lawyer, Australia) and Patrick Earle (Executive Director of DTP). The participant evaluations of the program were positive.