PERTIMIG Held Its First Online Founding Congress Amidst Malaysia Lockdown
June 13, 2021
Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers Association (PERTIMIG) held the 1st Online Founding Congress on 13th June 2021 despite Malaysia lockdown, proving how domestic workers movement is unstoppable and strong.
Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers Association (PERTIMIG) held the 1st Online Founding Congress on 13th June 2021 despite Malaysia lockdown, proving how domestic workers movement is unstoppable and strong. It brought the theme “Strengthening Migrant Domestic Workers Leadership for Decent Work“. Being formed in December 2019 and growing with more than 100 active members, PERTIMIG has now elected their new leadership structure and adopted their constitution through a democratic process. The date of the congress was chosen to mark the historic adoption of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention or C189 10 years ago.
Wearing a red shirt uniform, a number of 75 PERTIMIG members participated the lively online congress, and 40 guests from trade unions, NGOs alliance, ILO, and government representatives were invited.
The use of electronic online voting was unique and it showed how domestic workers union has championed the use of technology in workers organizing. The new elected leadership delivered their commitments in their 2-year priority program which includes increasing new members to 200, expanding chapter area, training more leaders, and strengthening their advocacy and campaigns through building alliances. At the end of the session, Uli Rini, the new elected chairperson said, “I believe if we unite, we can break the challenges, fight for our justice and rights. We must continue and strengthen PERTIMIG together, all members and leaders have to work together to advance PERTIMIG in future”.
PERTIMIG would like to extend their gratitude and solidarity for all funders, supporters, and alliances who delivers their supports and messages as follow:
Ms. Myrtle Witbooi, President of The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF)
Mr. Nilim Baruah, Regional Migration Specialist for Asia and the Pacific, ILO Bangkok
Ms. Camelia Tudose, Counsellor, Political officer, Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia
Mr. Hermono, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Chief of Representative / Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Malaysia
Ms. Liezel Galdo, KearahC189 Coalition and Coordinator of AMMPO, Malaysia