Former President of Malawi, Dr Joyce Banda on June 8 in Sierra Leone is billed to officially presents Deadly Work or Decent Work?, a publication authoured by a member of the African Union Labour Migration Advisory Committee member, Dr Princess Asie Kabukie Ocansey in Freetown during the launching of African Leadership Forum on Decent Work by President Julius Maada Bio.
The president will unveil the agenda of the leadership forum aimed at encouraging regulated migration and decent jobs at the West African region.
The event is part of the series of programme initiated by the organizers of the African Migration Summit (AMS); the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) comprising of over 300 journalists covering migration across the continents with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria and multiple award winning Nekotech Center of Excellence, Ghana.
Those to be honoured at the occasion according to a statement issued by Ajibola Abayomi, the President of JIFORM included President Bio, Dr Banda, the Sierra Leonean Minister for Labour and Social Security, Alpha Timbo, Nigeria’s Minister for state for Labour and Employment, Chief Festus Keyamo, SAN and Dr Ocansey.
Banda, having won several laurels including the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger in 1997 and named Africa’s third most powerful woman by Forbes magazine in 2011, remains a front line advocate of gender issues across the world.
The former Malawian President believed African women deserve better opportunities to survive and would not hide her admiration for the decent work advocacy of Ocansey over the years.
The Amazon’s bestselling book, “Deadly Work or Decent Work?” is an alarming revelation on a raging 21st century slavery leading to an urgent outcry and humble appeal to Middle Eastern and African leaders for the abolishment of the horrifying archaic migrant employment hiring system in the Middle East: Kafala.
This eye-opening book journeys deeply into the trenches, bringing us face to face with the mind boggling violent experiences of the most vulnerable migrant workers: women domestic workers – whose plights have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 era, especially in Lebanon, where the recent explosions have created an unprecedented number of sick, stranded and suffering migrants mostly of the African origin.
Ocansey was of the view that African leaders must reactivate the economy to reposition her youths that needed training and guidance about oversee jobs to avoid failing preys of human trafficking and exploitative systems especially at the Middle East.
The theologian, philanthropist and a successful business woman is a engineering graduate of Rutgers University, NJ-USA and a renowned labour consultant that advises African Governments. She is representing the Diaspora African Forum at the AU and has held consulting positions with the Ghana Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare.