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International Migrants Day 2017: Adopt Fair Recruitment Practices

14 December

This International Migrants Day, we asked some of Singapore’s migrant workers to share a wish list, the video of which you can see below. Migrant workers account for 150.3 million of the world’s approximately 232 million migrants (ILO Global Estimates on Migrant Workers, Dec 2015).  And Singapore is a popular destination country among many migrant […]

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Public forum on the prevalence of abuse and exploitation of domestic workers

8 December

  Always on call: the prevalence of abuse and exploitation of domestic workers    There are approximately 243,000 migrant domestic workers in Singapore and by 2030, the government has projected that the numbers may rise to 300,000. What is the prevalence of exploitation and abuse among these women? The Singapore Ministry of Manpower says that […]

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Empower survivors of violence to speak up, seek help and make informed choices

25 November

  On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we call upon the Singapore government to strengthen social support systems and access to remedies for women and girls who are survivors of violence. Migrant domestic workers are often the most at risk of physical, verbal and sexual abuse. Their vulnerability is heightened because […]

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UN women’s rights committee gives recommendations to Singapore

22 November

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women released its comments and recommendations to the Singapore government in a report which was published yesterday. The Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was ratified by Singapore in 1995. The government is obliged to consider the committee’s comments and […]

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High Court Victory Sets Precedent for Migrant Workers’ Rights

18 November

Chinese worker Liu Huaixi challenged the Ministry of Manpower’s decision to allow the employer to pay him less than promised Imagine paying thousands of dollars to land a job with a faraway employer you’ve never met or signed a contract with.  That’s an unavoidable reality for many low wage migrant workers.  Often, prior to arrival, […]

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A worker, not a slave: domestic workers still denied weekly rest days

23 October

Sally, a migrant domestic worker (MDW) from the Philippines, accepted a contract without any rest days...

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No privacy, no space: domestic workers endure poor living conditions

14 October

At close to midnight, Awe, a domestic worker from Myanmar, curls up in the corner of the living room with a thin mattress and a small fan ...

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Domestic workers lack adequate food and nutrition

7 October

When Yanti started working for a Singaporean family, she never thought she would have to deal with not having enough food to eat. For migrant domestic workers (MDWs) like her...

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Reflections from Geneva

29 August

In March 2017, HOME and TWC2 submitted a joint report for the 26th session of the United Nation’s Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW)where the Bangladeshi...

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The Cry of the Hidden

29 August

Every Sunday for six weeks, we shadowed Robina Navato, a 44-year-old Filipino domestic worker who has been volunteering for three years...

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