• UN adopts PH-sponsored resolution on violence vs. women

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    The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has adopted by consensus a Philippine-sponsored resolution which calls for protection for women migrant worker who are victims of violence.

    Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Communications Operations Office chief, said Philippine-sponsored Resolution No. 68/137 urges all governments “to consider permitting migrant women workers who are victims of violence to apply for residency permits independently of abusive employers or spouses, in accordance with national laws, and to eliminate abusive sponsorship systems”.

    The resolution was adopted last Dec. 18.

    Coloma said: “The resolution calls on all countries to grant women migrant workers in domestic service access to gender-sensitive transparent mechanisms for bringing complaints against employers including termination of their contract, in case of labor and economic exploitation, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse and violence.” PNA

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