The following statement was delivered to the UN High Level Panel on Post-2015 Development by Siti Mariyam, an Indonesian migrant worker, on 25 March 2013.
For the last ten years, at least 200 million migrant workers in all over the world have been moving the world’s economy and bring advantages to our country and the countries where we work. Majority of us are women and work as domestic workers.
We are in vulnerable condition. In this we almost have no legal protection, even though we have contributed alot, but our mobility has been limited with policies which are discriminative, exploitative, anti-migration, criminalization and put us as informal sector. Working abroad is our human right that should be promoted, fullfilled and protected by the country of origin and the country of destination.
As the UN High Level Panel on Post 2015 meets in Bali, a broad and diverse coalition of civil society activists and organisations including the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, has presented the panel with a "Red Flag" consisting of eight issues that must be addressed if civil society is to support the panel's efforts to frame a new global sustainable development agenda.
The United Nations has teamed up with GCAP, youth groups, private sector bodies and other NGO partners to launch MY World, an online poll to ask people everywhere about the issues that make the most difference to their lives.
Speaking at a meeting of parliamentarians and civil society activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, GCAP co-chair Amitabh Behar has challenged anti-poverty campaigners to think beyond the Millennium Development Goals and to actively place the world's most marginalised at the centre of any development conversation.
"Are we OK to just add a couple more goals to the MDGs?" Behar asked an audience of parliamentarians, activists and development partners from some twenty central and south Asian countries from Bhutan to Tajikistan. "Do we want to just simply tweak the MDGs or extend the goals for another 3 -5 years?"
We have come along way and hope we can reflect on the collective effort and the unity displayed thus far, however, the journey has just began. With regional and global consultation in full swing, we must be alert and strategic to ensuring the voices that matter shape the outcome/post 2015 framework thus the need to push and trigger the national consultation couldn't be more greater.