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From where I stand: Edna Valdez

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Edna Valdez, 58, a former migrant domestic worker, is now the President of Bannuar Ti La Union, an organization that works for migrant women’s rights in the La Union province of Philippines. Having experienced the hardships of migration first-hand, Ms. Valdez conducts trainings in her community about migrant workers’ rights, risks of illegal recruitment and trafficking, and access to services. More

Towards safe migration and decent work for women in Nepal

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dawa Dolma Tamang migrated from rural Nepal to Abu Dhabi because she wanted to improve her livelihood and support her family. She ended up paying seven times more than what was required to the recruiting agency and was wrongfully denied work on medical grounds. With the help of Pourakhi, an organization working to protect migrant women’s rights, she was able to seek legal assistance and recover some of her money. Today, Tamang is working as a mason and will soon start taking the vocational and entrepreneurship skills training provided by a UN Women programme that’s advancing women’s economic empowerment in Nepal. More

Empowering domestic workers through information technology in Cambodia

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Research shows that domestic workers in Cambodia need access and information about physical and mental health. A new technology supported by UN Women empowers them towards a healthier life. More

Community conversations in Ethiopia prevents exploitative migration

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lack of economic resources and opportunities are driving Ethiopia’s young women to migrate, often through illegal brokers, as domestic workers in the Gulf countries. They face risks of exploitation, trafficking, poor working conditions and sexual harassment in the destination countries. A programme by UN Women and ILO has initiated ‘Community Conversations’ to ensure safe migration, and raise awareness about the Domestic Workers Convention. More

Creating “happy homes” for domestic workers in Asia Pacific

Monday, September 12, 2016

With the support of UN Women and the Government of Australia, IOM X, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, have undertaken advocacy efforts to address the situation of domestic workers. They produced and launched Open Doors video series as part of the IOM X Happy Home Campaign in May 2016. The videos use dramatized stories based on the challenges faced by domestic workers and appeal to employers to form positive and respectful relationships with their domestic workers. More

Migrant women of Viet Nam claim social protection and rights

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

An estimated 40 – 50 per cent of migrants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the two biggest cities in Viet Nam, are women, and they face distinct challenges. Low and unstable incomes and lack of social protection make them particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. But migrant women workers of Viet Nam refuse to live on the fringes any longer. More than 10,000 migrant workers have learnt how to access social welfare benefits, legal protection and health care. They are advocating for their rights and helping one another. More

Getting back on her feet again in Nepal

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

As the Secretary-General’s report on migration is released, a glimpse into the life of one of the world’s many women migrant workers. More

UN Women Statement for International Migrants Day

Friday, December 18, 2015

In a statement for International Migrants Day on 18 December, UN Women emphasizes the importance of building the capacities of migrant women around the globe. More

Cash-for-work programme empowers Syrian refugees

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

More than 5,000 Syrian women and girls visit ‘Oases’ safe spaces in the Za’atari camp per month, and several hundred have independently earned incomes through UN Women’s work programme in Jordan. More

With sewing and sowing, self-reliance blooms in Central Asia

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A regional migration programme ensures more than 5,000 families of migrant labourers in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have received training, resources and micro-credit loans to become self-reliant entrepreneurs. More

Saturday night in Viet Nam, migrant women market workers take the floor

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

During a three-day visit to Viet Nam, UN Women’s Executive Director visited the Long Bien night market to spotlight the daily challenges faced by migrant women workers. More

Speech by Executive Director at an open event for migrants in Hanoi

Monday, March 31, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at an open event for migrants, Hanoi, 30 March 2014. More

Women migrant workers in Viet Nam take steps towards better rights and services

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

International Migrants Day is 18 December. We hear from Vietnamese women migrant workers as they discuss their challenges and efforts by a Fund for Gender Equality grantee to support them. More

Domestic workers' rights treaty becomes reality

Thursday, September 5, 2013

As ILO Convention 189 comes into force, a look at how UN Women is working with partners to ensure the rights and protection of domestic workers worldwide. More

Domestic workers’ rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

Friday, June 14, 2013

As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected. More

In Tajikistan, rural women gain business skills and independence through self-help groups

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A UN Women supported project is training the families of migrants and rural women’s groups to start their own businesses, helping them access micro-credits, and fostering their economic empowerment. They also learn how to save energy and manage household budgets. More

Domestic Workers Count Too: Ensuring protection, upholding rights

Monday, March 11, 2013

At a side event on 11 March, UN Women launched a new briefing kit on laws and services for domestic workers and highlighted the need for more coherent, gender-sensitive and rights-based migration and labour policies, as well as accountability and compliance. More

Supporting women workers towards a safer migration journey

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

“I could not eat the remaining food that had been eaten by all of the family from the same big plate, so I survived on bread and black tea for 15 days, recalls Maya Gurung, a Nepalese migrant worker, describing her first job as a domestic worker in Kuwait. More

Press Release: UN Women Fund for Gender Equality Announces USD 12.5 Million in Grants for women’s economic and political participation

Monday, December 3, 2012

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet today announced USD $12.5 million in grants for 39 new grantees of the Fund for Gender Equality. The grassroots organizations selected are working on programmes ranging from the creation of women's business cooperatives in Ethiopia, to efforts to improve social protection for migrant women in Vietnam, to training women candidates for the upcoming elections in Mongolia, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay. More

This year’s Global Forum on Migration and Development to focus on the protection of migrant domestic workers

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hosted by the Government of Mauritius from 21-22 November, 2012, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a state-led process focused on policy-making on migration and development at the national, regional and global levels. It seeks to strengthen the capacity of states to address migration and development opportunities and challenges more effectively, while promoting international cooperation. More

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