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ASEAN nations compare notes on protecting women migrant workers

November 19, 2014

The Philippines is not the only country exerting efforts to protect its migrant workers against abusive hiring practices. In a conference last week, other Southeast Asian nations shared their own methods of keeping their overseas workers—especially the women, who are more prone to abuses—safe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Empowering foreign domestic workers

November 19, 2014

Does sharing information on foreign domestic worker(FDW) labour laws and market conditions help improve employment outcomes?

One in every five Singaporean households employs a foreign maid.

Access to foreign domestic workers has freed up skilled female (and sometimes male) workers to participate in the formal Singaporean economy, while relying on migrants for their household needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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A campaign for domestic helpers’ rights, by maids

November 10, 2014

TODAY reports: A new campaign aimed at changing perceptions and raising awareness of the plight of maids here, Respect Our Rights, has been launched on Oct 21. Read the rest of this entry »

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How 2 Pinays are professionalizing domestic work in Brussels

November 9, 2014

BRUSSELS – Between Raquel Crisostomo and Thelma Nullar is more than 30 years of experience in domestic work.

Both women worked as au pairs, nannies and cleaners for different ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium, including the Danish and British ambassadors. Diplomats from NATO also hired them to clean their homes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pinoy domestic workers to undergo skills assessment

November 2, 2014

Hundreds of Filipino domestic workers abroad will soon undergo skills assessment to secure a national certificate (NC) that will allow them to look for better jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

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When home is where the hurt is: Options for migrant victims of domestic violence

October 27, 2014

Migrants are vulnerable to domestic abuse. Roughly 80 percent of immigrants in the United States are sponsored by US citizen or permanent resident relatives, or by employers. In a situation where one’s immigration status depends almost entirely on the sponsor, the potential for abuse, domestic or otherwise, lies in wait. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foreign maids endure abuse in UAE –int’l human rights group

October 23, 2014

Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates, trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights group said Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippines calls on Parliamentarians to address plight of domestic workers

October 20, 2014

The Philippines called on parliamentarians attending the 131st Inter-Parliamentarian Union (IPU) to address the plight of domestic workers, majority of whom are women and girls on October 15. Read the rest of this entry »

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HK raises FDH wages

October 2, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Hong Kong’s Labour Department has granted foreign domestic helpers an increase of (FDHs) HK$ 100 increase in their monthly salaries, raising the minimum wage to HK$4,110 per month. Read the rest of this entry »

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NWPC to issue rules on maids’ wages

September 23, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Compensation for kasambahays or househelp nationwide will be reviewed and adjusted by regional wage boards.

Ciriaco Lagunzad III, National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) board chairman designate, said the different Regional Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) have been authorized under new rules to review and adjust the minimum wage of househelp within their jurisdictions. Read the rest of this entry »