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ASEAN launches gender-sensitive guidelines for handling women victims of trafficking

Friday, January 25, 2019

Imagine you’re a police officer who has just busted a human trafficking ring. There are a dozen female victims lying on a dingy floor, crying and afraid of what comes next. What can you tell them? Knowing how to interact with a victim of human trafficking is a delicate matter that can be daunting even for experienced frontline workers. There are certain sensitivities that law enforcement... More

In Thailand, high-level visit showcases the impact of empowering women on preventing human trafficking

Monday, January 21, 2019

Standing on the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, in Mae Sot, Thailand, it’s hard not to be struck by the sheer number of people making their way across. Up to 10,000 people cross the bridge daily, with more making their way on boats via the river below. On Sunday, Thai officials affirmed to high-level visitors from the Embassies of Canada and Japan that a second Friendship Bridge will be completed in April this year... More

EU, ILO and UN Women work to promote women migrant workers’ right to organize in workplaces and communities

Friday, October 12, 2018

Guaranteeing the right to organise, collectively bargain, and join trade unions in destination countries is one of the most effective ways to prevent exploitation of women migrant workers from ASEAN, concluded the participants of the regional meeting for Promoting Women Migrant Workers’ Rights through Organizing in ASEAN. Representatives from trade unions, migrant worker organizations and civil society along with experts, development partners and the UN, joined... More

EU, ILO and UN Women join hands to end violence against women migrant workers in ASEAN/Myanmar

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Today, EU, ILO and UN Women are organizing a national Consultative Dialogue on women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities. The consultation will introduce the new ILO and UN Women “Safe and Fair” Programme to key partners and identify activities which could be undertaken in Myanmar building on the on-going efforts by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Settlement to promote safe and... More

Officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand recommend steps to protect migrant workers

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Government officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand have jointly recommended steps to protect the millions of migrant workers in the region from exploitation and abuse. The officials from various ministries made the recommendations at a 24-25 May consultation that also included employers, civil society and international humanitarian organizations, and United Nations agencies - UN Women, International Organization for Migration... More

New programme to boost the rights of women migrant workers in Asia and the Pacific

Monday, May 21, 2018

Huong Nguyen vividly recalled her narrow escape in Taiwan a few years back, when a stranger entered the house where she was employed as a domestic worker and assaulted her. “When he tried to rape me, I grabbed a pencil to fight him off and ran away,” said the 44-year-old, now back in her native Vietnam. The incident was traumatic enough, but other women migrant workers fare far worse. They experience high levels of abuse and exploitation directly linked to their vulnerable status and conditions of employment.. More

Empowered by training, female garment workers in Dhaka gain confidence, promotions and better futures

Monday, March 26, 2018

Lata Banu could not finish school because her parents could not afford it. When her elder sister got married and moved to Dhaka, she went along and then joined Babylon Garments Limited as a quality control officer. But Ms. Banu had big dreams. "Society looks down upon people who work in the ready-made garment industry, but I proved them wrong," she said. "I worked hard and got a promotion, and now I am the Quality Control Supervisor.... More

Women migrant workers need more protection from abuse: better regulation could help

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Like many Bangladeshis, Shilpi signed up to work in the Middle East in a bid to improve her family's future. Her story of the ordeal that followed, of exploitation, discrimination and abuse, is all too common, especially amid the isolation and vulnerability of domestic work. The rights and empowerment of women migrant workers' rights was the subject of a stakeholder meeting in Dhaka on 7 February... More

ASEAN inter-sectoral coordination for Women Migrant Workers in crisis

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Women migrant workers face particular challenges at the cross-section of several sectors: gender, migration, health, justice and others. To address this, ASEAN has initiated better coordination between its agencies responsible for women's rights, migrant workers and the protection of children, as well as disaster management. The aim is to improve the protection of women migrant workers' rights and their access to services, in particular in times of crisis... 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

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