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ILO, UN Women and the OECD launch International Coalition to boost equal pay for women at work in Asia and the Pacific

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) was launched for the Asia and the Pacific region on the margins of the 'Women and the Future of Work in Asia and the Pacific' Conference. Convened by the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Women and the OECD, a diverse set of actors will join forces across Asia and the Pacific at both the regional and... More

Too many women migrants are working without clear, safe and fair contracts

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

More than 3.1 million South Asian women travelled to work in the Middle East in 2015, most of them as domestic workers, according to the United Nations (UN). Many signed contracts written in Arabic without translation, that contained unreasonable or illegal clauses, or omitted any mention of working hours or sick leave, in violation of the workers' basic rights. This leaves women vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, even where these violations of their rights may not directly contravene... More

UN Women Joins with Zhaopin to Promote Equal Employment

Thursday, August 10, 2017

UN Women and Zhaopin Limited, one of China’s leading career platforms, have jointly launched an annual award for companies committed to international standards of empowering female employees. The China Best Employers for Female Employees Award is part of Zhaopin’s China Best Employers Awards. The award, initiated by Zhaopin in 2011, previously was given based on voting by female internet users. With UN... More

UN Women Cambodia launches study on working conditions and attitudes experienced by domestic workers

Friday, April 14, 2017

Domestic work, a sector that predominantly employs women, is regularly excluded from national minimum wage protection, a recent joint UN Women and International Labour Organization (ILO) study finds. Many domestic workers earn far less than the minimum wage. “No one is born literate. Everyone was born the earn knowledge during their life.” In a crowd-silencing anecdote of Kyek, a 28-year-old domestic worker from Myanmar, UN Women... More

Domestic worker rights video gets a staggering 15 million views in just one week

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM - UN Migration Agency) and the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) video Open Doors: Singapore has become an overnight sensation in Asia. The video, aimed at preventing the exploitation of domestic workers, was viewed more than 15 million times over the past week. Produced by IOM and USAID's innovative counter-trafficking campaign, IOM X, and in partnership with ASEAN and UN Women, Open Doors: Singapore tells the... More

Maid about the house

Monday, January 16, 2017

In Thailand, as in other countries of the region, employing domestic workers has long been a cultural and social practice as much as an economic one. In the past, such jobs were routinely filled by girls from the provinces and while often overworked and grossly underpaid, they were usually absorbed into the family, which provided them with some kind of security away... More

Domestic help better off as 'not in family'

Monday, January 16, 2017

Treating domestic workers as if they are "part of the family" may lead to attitudes that are likely to be detrimental to them, a United Nations (UN) Women study has found. In the study released on Tuesday in Bangkok, focusing on migrant domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia, researchers noted that many employers referred to their live-in domestic workers as "helpers" or as "aunties" and likened them to "family members". While these terms... More

Ensuring dignity of female migrant workers

Friday, December 23, 2016

Today marks the international day for migrant workers. It is a day not only to celebrate the contribution of women and men who go to distant lands, away from their family and loved ones for long periods of time, it is also a day of reckoning of how best we, as a nation, can protect and promote the rights of those workers. This becomes imperative, as the nation as a whole is beneficiary of their labour and promoting 'safe migration' is an avowed policy of the state. Women constitute almost... More

UN Women to launch research publication on the state of migrant domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia entitled, “Worker, Helper, Auntie, Maid?”

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

With domestic work being increasingly taken over by migrants, domestic workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia are finally finding their way into the private households in Thailand and Malaysia. These housekeepers, nannies and caregivers are often caught between immigration law and employment law and excluded from labour rights and protections. ... More

Philippine workers overseas now living mores securely with implementation of new law

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The law, signed by former President Benigno Aquino III in May, reformed the overseas Workers Welfare Administration and turned it into a government agency receiving funding from the government, instead of only... More

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