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Women migrant domestic workers play an important role in Singapore, one of the 10 countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) where the Safe and Fair Programme is being implemented under the Spotlight Initiative. However, despite providing valuable domestic and care-giving services, many work in conditions that leave them vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and violence.Through the support of Safe and Fair, women migrant workers and civil society organizations in Singapore are working together to help domestic workers assert their rights and speak out against ill treatment.
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The Humanitarian Organization for Migrant Economics (HOME) is a Singapore-based civil society organization founded in 2004. HOME is dedicated to empowering and supporting migrant workers, especially those who are subject to violence against women, abuse and exploitation.
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To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) hosted a market-opening bell ringing ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role businesses can play in achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment. About 300 representatives of businesses attended the event. HKEX committed to further promote gender-friendly business practices in listed companies and announced it had just signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of UN Women and UN Global Compact.
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The ideologues say men are the bosses of the household and women should just keep it clean and take care of the children. They tell women not go out at night, and not to wear short skirts – if you are sexually assaulted, it is your fault. “Gender equality” is a heresy imposed by Westerners and rogue clerics, they say." In Singapore and...
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From the very outset, Myint's search for work to support her family had to be conducted outside the law. Like thousands before her, the frightened young woman from Myanmar was recruited by a Yangon labor agency in defiance of a temporary ban enacted by the military government in 2014 on domestic workers seeking jobs overseas. With no means to check the reliability of the agency or the two-year contract it offered, she fled her job when she was forced to...
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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...
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Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women...
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A two-day session at UN Women’s Suva office in Fiji helped Tuvalu’s state delegation prepare to face the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women in February. The five-member delegation (pictured below) was heading to Geneva to take part in a constructive dialogue with the Committee following the submission of their latest report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). ...
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On 1 November 2013, Roberta Clarke, Regional Director of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand gives her statement to the One World – Women Lawyers’ Summit in Hong Kong 2013: Ending Human Trafficking Conference.
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Three new programmes of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality seek to give grass-roots women a more active role in government in Nigeria and Georgia and counter cultural arguments to CEDAW in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.