Women Migrant Workers in South-East Asia

Presented by UN Women
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Event type: Exhibitions

Start date: 16 August 2018 | Start time: 18:00 UTC07:00
End date: 6 September 2018 | End time: 18:30 UTC07:00

Location: Alliance française de Bangkok, 179 Thanon Witthayu, Bangkok, Thailand

Event description

The photo exhibition hightlights the stories of women migrant workers in South-East Asia and features the work of photographers Piyavit Thongsa-Ard, Pornvit Visitoran and Staton Winter. The pictures were commissioned by UN Women and supported by the Government of Australia as part of a project to raise public awareness of the challenges they face, as well as their personal strength. The exhibition runs from 16 August to 6 September 2018 at the Alliance française de Bangkok.

Women migrant workers are a vital part of the economy across South-East Asia yet face some of the harshest and most unjust conditions of any workers in the region. Many endure long hours, dangerous work, underpayment and even violence, without access to adequate support.

The three photographers travelled across Thailand and Singapore to capture individual stories of resilience and humanity, featuring women from Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Indonesia and Myanmar as they pick crops, sew garments or clean hotel rooms to secure a better future for themselves and their families.

UN Women is working with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other organizations to improve the conditions of women migrant workers, both within the bloc and in other destinations such as the Middle East countries.

To attend the opening night, please register here.