MRI is excited to announce its support of a new campaign for the ratification of the Migrant Workers Convention: Step It Up: Dignity, Rights, Development.
Step it Up is a global campaign, launched by Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), MRI and affiliated civil society organizations, including trade union partners, the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, and the International Labour Organization.
The campaign highlights the significance of the UN Migrant Workers Convention. This year’s International Migrants’ Day (18 December 2015) marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention, which specifically guarantees the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families. Throughout this year, we will “step up” efforts at ratification, highlighting the continuous struggles to achieve decent work and dignity in the workplace, to realize the human and labour rights of all migrant workers and members of their families, and advocate for rights-based approaches to development.
The main objective of the campaign is to increase the number of ratifications of the UN Migrant Workers Convention and the other conventions of the UN and ILO related to migration, human rights, and labor rights.
To support the campaign, we invite you to…
1. Share with us existing ratification campaigns your organization is undertaking at the national or regional levels. Let’s see how we can amplify this work and support each other! If you are not already actively involved in a ratification campaign, please inform us if you are able/willing to do some advocacy with your government towards ratification.
As a strategy, we are looking at the countries that have signed but not ratified to determine the potential for lobby activities, and will look at connecting with potential partners in each of those countries to see how we can activate them to do some lobby work with governments. The countries that have signed but not ratified are as follows:
• Sao Tome & Principe
• Sierra Leone
• South Korea
2. Participate in our oral history project – We are starting the process of building an “oral history” project on the convention, its existing and potential impacts on the lives of migrants, and progress globally in advocating for ratification thus far. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this project.
3. Help us with translation – We are looking for volunteer translators for French, Spanish, and Arabic to help us make this a multilingual campaign. If you or your colleagues are willing/able to assist, please let us know.