The Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has organized a 3 days capacity development workshop for its stakeholders themed, “Gender and Labour Migration Governance “.
The workshop, which started from the 13th to 15th September, 2021, aims among others, to expose stakeholders to the basic concept and terminologies in Labour migration and revise the concept of gender related issues that are likely to emerge in the implementation of the National Migration Policy.
It is also to enable stakeholders critically identify the different perspectives in Labour Migration, how it affects both sexes as well as help them understand the gendered migration trends in Ghana .
Addressing participants on behalf of the Hon. Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Mrs. Emma Ofori Agyemang, Director for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation explains that the essence of the capacity training was to ensure that the implementers have preliminary understanding of gendered issues in Migration Governance Framework both at the International and National levels.
She reveals that following the issues of Labour Migration including violence and harassments at the place of work, human right abuses and the need for workers to work under safe , satisfactory and hygenic conditions , the ILO passed the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (NO. 189) declaring Zero Tolerance for Harassments and Violence at the world of Work in 2019.
The PPME Director notes that as a ministry in charge of decent work standards, Ghana subsequently has currently ratified the National Labour Migration Policy and the Domestic Workers Regulation, 2020 (L.I. 2408), thereby placing a responsibility on the third parties to ensure that contraveners are punished.
Madam Emma further reiterates the policies saying they are the basis for the development of bilateral agreements between our nation and other nations especially the Gulf States.
Mrs. Abena Owusua Amponsah –Bio, the National Coordinator, Programme, Migration and Dispora of the GIZ, opines gender is not necessarily about women. Rather, it is about both parties, ensuring that there is equality and equity at all levels.
Thus, she says GIZ is doing its best to incorporate gender issues into its programmes.
She also mentions that there is the need to redefine reproduction roles as well as productive roles.
According to her, while society quantifies productive work and considers them payable, reproductive roles are seem not as work, arguing it is a mindset that needs to be changed to embrace gender equality and equity in the space of Labour Migration Governance.
In all, about 40 participants from the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) among others, participated in the workshop.
Participants were awarded certificate for participation
The capacity training was sponsored by the GIZ.