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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

Women migrant workers still working under unclear, unfair contracts, study finds, despite availability of best-practice templates

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of women migrant workers are labouring under contracts they don't understand, in languages they cannot read, or that provide inadequate protection of their rights, a study has found. This problem persists despite the available of templates such as the Standards Terms of Employment (STOE) . The findings were discussed at a stakeholder consultation in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 20 and 21 of December... More

A UN Women booklet helps smooth the journey for Lao migrant workers in Thailand

Thursday, December 21, 2017

As poor Lao villagers cross into Thailand to start new lives as migrant workers, they can soothe some of their worries by carrying in their suitcases a colorful, friendly UN Women booklet. UN Women's Safe Migration Booklet, which features the always-upbeat Thai cartoon character Noohin (Little Hin), tells the migrants everything they need to know to make their journeys smooth and trouble-free. The Safe Migration Booklet is displayed on a rack... More

After long years of work overseas, Philippines a migrant goes home and successfully sets up business

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ellen Elecanal spent almost her entire adult life taking care of other people's families, a long journey of adaptation in three foreign countries. Now she's finally back home looking after her own family--but still trying to adapt, this time to a place no longer familiar after being away a quarter century. Here in Iloilo province of central Philippines, Ms. Elecanal, 49 and single, tends the bakery shop she opened with her... More

The "Year of the Woman" Comes to ASEAN: New Reports and Declarations Speak Up for Migrant Workers

Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 has been the year of the woman. In the U.S. and Europe, at least, the highest reaches of power-in government and media, Capitol Hill to Hollywood - have been rocked by the brave females just recognized by TIME as emblematic of a new era when female victims of harassment and discrimination can no longer be silenced... More

ASEAN agencies from different sectors join forces to improve the protection of women migrant workers in crisis situations

Friday, December 15, 2017

Four ASEAN sectoral bodies, overseeing women’s and children’s rights, migrant workers, and disaster management, met in Manila today for the first time to discuss the particular challenges facing women migrant workers in crisis situations. Women migrant workers are often the most vulnerable to crises, and have the least access to support services and tools... More

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