GENEVA : To mark this year's International Migrants Day on 18th December, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has announced the four winners of its 2017 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration (GMCLM).
The GMCLM has proven to be an effective way to encourage exemplary media coverage on labour migration and the fair recruitment of migrant workers. The idea is to share and promote the winners' work as a model of fair global media coverage as widely as possible.
For the first time, the 2017 GMCLM edition attributed separate awards on fair recruitment of migrant workers – in line with the ILO's recently launched Fair Recruitment Initiative and the General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Fair Recruitment adopted in 2016 .
The ILO received more than 350 entries from 73 countries around the world. The competition's reviewing committee had the difficult task of shortlisting them among outstanding pieces. An independent panel composed of four prominent media judges finally selected the following four final winners for the two thematic areas: Labour Migration
Mario Kaiser – (written article) Mr. Ince and the Hope of Being Needed Christopher Livesay – (media production) How migrants and refugees are being welcomed in a tiny Italian village Fair Recruitment
Ana Santos and Sofia Tomarcruz – (written article) Migrant Life in Qatar - The OFW debt Trap: Less Money, More Problems Part 1 and The hanging fate of FWS buried in debt (Part 2)
Camille Elemia – (media production) Undocumented migrant workers: hidden and helpless in ASEAN (Part I) and The bleak future of undocumented migrant workers in ASEAN (Part II) .
The awards were attributed in collaboration with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Equal Times, Solidarity Center, Human Rights Watch, Migrant Forum in Asia, the International Federation of Journalists (IF) and the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO).
"The migration and refugee crises continue to feature largely in the media, albeit very often in a negative light. The GMCLM is one avenue for the ILO to encourage balanced reporting that also highlights the positive impact of migration when labour rights of migrant workers are protected", Michelle Leighton, head of the ILO's Migration Branch said.
The ILO's international labour standards protect migrant workers and can help prevent discrimination and xenophobia while promoting a fair and effective governance of labour migration. The ILO encourages all Member states to ratify and implement these instruments as a means to support their commitments under the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 2017 edition of the GMCLM will also contribute to the UN TOGETHER campaign, which encourages global action by promoting non-discrimination and addressing the problem of rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants. All 193 Member States of the United Nations have committed to implement the campaign, which will run until the end of 2018, when the United Nations' General Assembly is expected to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees.