The government has reached a decision to remove the mandatory requirement of family background report for females who have children over the age of two years to take up employment overseas.
If a female has children of two years of age or more they will not be required to submit the compulsory family background report when leaving for domestic work overseas.
According to the Cabinet paper tabled by Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment, the Cabinet of Ministers considering several international reports published pertaining to the protection of women’s rights reached a decision to forgo the requirement since some individuals who do not possess qualifications to submit such reports tend to leave for overseas employment by illegal means without any supervision and encounter numerous issues.
The Cabinet paper stated that international reports have indicated that there is an impact on women’s rights due to the compulsory requirement of submitting “family background report” with the intention of confirming that the children of the female migrant employees who leave for domestic work abroad are not less than five years of age.
It was also reported, in some instances, individuals face inconveniences due to delay in the necessary reports due to various reasons due actions of certain officers even though all qualifications are fulfilled.
Accordingly, the Cabinet has granted approval to remove the mandatory requirement of family background report for females who have children over the age two years.