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Joint UN Programme to support collaboration and effective labour migration governance launched on eve of International Migrants Day

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Colombo, New Delhi and Bangkok – With the ultimate goal to ensure that labour migration is safe, orderly and regular for all women and men from Colombo Process Member States, three UN agencies today launched the Governance of Labour Migration in South and South East Asia (GOALS) regional labour migration programme , on the eve of International Migrants Day. GOALS is a three-year programme jointly implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Labour...

"You are not alone! Call our helplines. A social worker will be on the other end to listen and help"

Friday, December 11, 2020

Interview with Pacita “Bing” Fortin, social worker at the Babaeng BiyaHero Psychosocial Support Team, Quezon City, The Philippines

“Women migrant workers deserve the rights to come home safely and comfortably.”

Friday, December 11, 2020

An interview with Dr. Ir. Harry Hikmat, M.Si Director-General of Social Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Social Affairs of Indonesia, and Rara Saraswati, Assistant at Rumah Perlindungon Trauma Center

“If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, help is available. Find out where the nearest shelter is, or call a hotline number for help!”

Friday, December 11, 2020

Interview with Linh*, hotline operator for a shelter that supports women and girls experiencing violence.

"Everyone is scared in this situation, but if we’re not doing it, who will?"

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Interviews with staff and volunteers from Myanmar’s Women’s Organizations Network (WON) and Migrant Monitoring Group (MMG), Myanmar

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...

A fresh look and a fresh start for survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia

Friday, December 14, 2018

Three Cambodian women welcome their first customer of the day to have a seat in the salon chair. Chantrea* gently scrubs her hair, dries it, and styles the locks in long twists. When the next customer enters, Kunthea* provides a manicure, her steady hands painting each nail twice before a clear coat seals the color. Finally, Sokhanya* finishes the treatment with a bit of eye shadow and powder to the customer’s face...

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...

Portraits of Women Migrant Workers Bring Awareness to Cambodian Youths

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The photo exhibition on Safe Labour Migration for Women on 5 May 2017 at The Mansion. Photo: UN Women/Sreynich Leng “I now understand more about migration since I joined this photo contest. Before, I only knew that migrants sent home remittances. I had never thought deeply about their safety and the challenges they face,” said Sorn Sokkheang, who won second place in the Youth Photo Contest on Safe Labour Migration for Women organised by UN Women Cambodia. The purpose of...

Creating “happy homes” for domestic workers in Asia Pacific

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

With a demanding employer who expects her to work round-the-clock, it has not been a happy home for Veena* in the past four years. Veena is a 35-year-old live-in domestic worker in a wealthy home in central Bangkok. “I have not seen my family for some months now,” she says. “I get no break, no time off, no weekends...But I hope that the money I send every month helps to settle our debts soon.” Veena, who traveled from her native northeastern province of Yasothon to...

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