Women are undeniable principal contributors and integral actors in the formal labour market. This was highlighted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs in a speech at the 107th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
Yang Berhormat applauded the International Labour Organization, ILO's support of the Vientiane Declaration on Transition from Informal Employment to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion which was adopted by ASEAN Heads of State during the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits in Vientiane in 2016. Apart from that, Yang Berhormat commended the Report of the Director General of the ILO related to the Women at Work Initiative that highlighted the employment-related challenges faced by women. The conference discussed labour and employment issues related to the ILO's cooperative framework in support of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, the possible formulation of an international labour standard relating to violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work, as well as a recurrent discussion on the strategic objective of social dialogue and tripartism under the follow-up to the ILO's 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization.
In Geneva, the Minister of Home Affairs also attended the ASEAN Labour Ministers' Breakfast Meeting, Minister of Manpower of the Republic of Singapore, and the Minister of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia. Also joining the delegation was His Excellency Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Mahdi bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Awang Haji Abdul Rahman, the Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to Geneva.
Source: Radio Television Brunei