Workers' Rights in Rural Sectors

Improving Workers’ Rights in Rural Sectors of the Indo-Pacific with a focus on Women

The project, funded by the US Department of Labour (USDOL), aims to improve workers’ rights in rural sectors in Indonesia and the Philippines with a focus on women.


The Project aims to contribute to ensuring and sustaining improved working conditions, especially for women workers, through the improvement and promotion of labour laws compliance, occupational safety and health and gender equality in the rural sectors in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Indonesian women workers at the palm oil sector (c)
The project is implemented as part of Safety + Health for All, the ILO Flagship Programme -aimed at improving the safety and health of workers worldwide. Contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in reducing the incidence of fatal and non-fatal work-related accidents and diseases, the programme supports governments, employers, workers, and other key stakeholders in developing and implementing solutions that work locally, and can be scaled globally, to create exponential improvements wherever they are needed. The project will benefit from the tools, strategies and good practices identified in the context of the Flagship Programme.

Project Outcomes

The Project works closely with regional and country level partners to achieve the following target outcomes:

Long term outcomes

  • National frameworks for compliance with labour laws, gender equality and occupational safety and health (OSH)in rural sectors are enhanced
  • Enhanced enabling environment for the promotion of and compliance with labour laws, gender equality and occupational safety and health (OSH) in rural sectors in pilot enterprises and communities

Medium term outcomes

  • National and regional tripartite mechanisms of industry tripartite partners in (1) mainstreaming gender and sector specific labour issues in industry tripartite councils and (2) Occupational Safety and Health in line with ILO Convention No 187 are enhanced
  • Enhanced and improved gender-responsiveness in government’s monitoring, enforcement and remediation on labour and OSH
  • Mechanisms and structures that promote compliance with labour laws, gender, and OSH in the supply chain of rural sectors, pilot enterprises and their communities are enhanced

Short term outcomes

  • Enhanced and improved gender-responsiveness of national and regional level tripartite systems for developing and promoting labour laws in target sectors
  • Promotional framework of industry tripartite partners for safety and health at work developed in the target sectors
  • Inspection policy and processes on sector-specific labour laws, OSH and gender issues are improved
  • Improved capacity of employers’ and workers’ organizations to promote compliance to gender, labor laws, and OSH in the supply chain of target sectors
  • Community level mechanisms on addressing gender equality, labor laws and OSH in pilot communities are established and operational
  • Gender - responsive workplace level mechanisms on labour laws compliance, and OSH are implemented
Indonesian women workers at fishing sector (c) ILO/F. Latief

Key Priority Activities

Major project activities include, but are not limited to: sectoral assessment and gender supply chain mapping; capacity building and competency-based programmes; development of sector specific IEC, establishing and enhancing online systems; localization and mainstreaming of gender, labor laws and standards, and OSH; enhancing social dialogue.

Project Partners

The Project is working with governments, workers and employers’ organisations in both countries, which would include, but will not be limited to the following partners:


Ministry of Manpower (MoM), Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO), All Indonesian Trade Union Confederations and other Indonesian Ministries and Government units, sectoral business associations, and sectoral workers’ groups.


Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) and its relevant attached bureaus and agencies, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Commission of Women (PCW), the National OSH Inter-Government Coordination and Cooperation Committee (OSH-IGC3) established under RA 11058, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) their local chambers of commerce and member organisations belonging to these sectors, Sentro ng Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines -Associated Labour Unions (TUCP-ALU), Alliance of Workers in the Informal Economy/Sector (ALLWIES) other national and sectoral workers’ organisations, IndustriALL Global Unions, selected local government units, local workers’ groups, relevant civil society organisations and private compliance initiatives.


Januar Rustandie
National Project Coordinator
ILO Country Office for the Indonesia and Timor Leste