UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is working to strengthen, systematize and raise the profile of its migration work in Asia and the Pacific by leveraging lessons learned from the project. The evaluation accurately reflects UN Women's effective delivery of all outputs and outcomes, and in particular verifies the important contribution the project made towards influencing better protections for women migrant workers through policy change. By filling critical research gaps, supporting CSO platforms and engaging with government entities at country and regional levels the project was able to provide targeted evidence to support processes which led to the cessation of discriminatory practices which were preventing women migrant workers from accessing safe and regular migration pathways.
While recognising that UN Women has a long history of work on migration in Asia and the Pacific (ongoing since 2001), the project made an important contribution to institutionalizing UN Women and gender issues more broadly in ASEAN mechanisms. UN Women views ASEAN as a critical platform for promoting and engaging in dialogue on gender-responsive labour migration policies, procedures and related services. Continuing to build on the foundations set by this project is a high strategic priority for UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific; this includes promoting lessons learned and good practicesfrom the project through other projects in ASEAN, as well as In other regions covered by the programme including South Asia and the Middle East.
UN Women also acknowledges and agrees with the evaluation's call for a more meaningful, long-term and outcomes level change agenda for gender-responsive labour migration in the region. Further, it is UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific's position that issues documented in the evaluation regarding consultative project design processes, timely recruitment of key staff, and engagement with implementing partners, will be best resolved through a programmatic commitment to sustainable multi-year programming for long-term outcome and impact level change.
To address this proactively, there is a need for UN Women to share its vision for a comprehensive and gender-responsive regional migration programme which engages with the full and dynamic complexity of the needs and realities of women migrant workers in the region. UN Women is therefore in the process of drawing on its achievements on migration in the region including under this project in order to develop a comprehensive strategy on migration for Asia and the Pacific. This will support proactive donor engagement and effective advocacy. The evaluation's findings regarding stakeholder needs and priorities outside of the project scope will be critical in informing the future strategic direction of the regional programme, especially the identified need to engage women's organisations on migration issues, and provide CSOs with technical support and capacity development to advocate on migration issues and policies.