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UN Women, ILO tighten collaboration in Nepal

Friday, September 6, 2019

The two agencies will together support the Government of Nepal in its efforts to boost gender equality and family-friendly policies in the workplace, strengthen women’s leadership, and prevent gender-based violence at work, according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Kathmandu on 29 August. “We are stronger when we work together,” said Wenny Kusuma, UN Women Country Representative. “Through this collaboration, UN Women and ILO will work to support the full realization of women’s economic empowerment and advance voice, choice, and security for all.”

Gaining protection for Indonesia’s migrant workers and their families

Friday, July 12, 2019

Anis Hidayah was still a student when she picked up the newspaper one morning and read the story of a local woman who had left her young children in Indonesia to work thousands of miles away in one of the Gulf States. There she was exploited, beaten and raped by her employer. When she came home, she was treated as a social outcast and her young family was humiliated and ostracized. “That story lit a fire within me,” says Hidayah. “That could have been my mother, my family. This was one story, but there are millions of others suffering the same all over the country.”

Migrant domestic workers: Voices you need to hear

Friday, June 21, 2019

Escaping poverty and earning higher income can often mean taking risks, and for women migrating into domestic work these risks are often worth taking. But many domestic workers find themselves receiving poor wages, working excessive hours, and exposed to labour and human rights violations. Hear from Bangladeshi women who, despite challenges, chose to migrate in the hopes of finding a better life for themselves and their families, and learn how we can work together to protect their human rights and dignity.

Empowering and protecting women migrant workers through improved employment contracts

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

“They used to give me only a piece of bread in a day. Sometimes, they didn’t give me food for two to three days. I had no weekly holidays and I had to work 18 to 21 hours a day without rest. They didn’t let me contact my family members. If I requested to call my family members, they would complain to the recruitment agency and the officer would scold me and refuse my request of going back home.” This story, from a woman migrant worker from Bangladesh, is unfortunately all too common. In pursuit of social and economic opportunities, more than three million women migrate for work from South Asia to the Middle East each year.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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