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Myanmar maids arrive in Hong Kong as welfare fears grow


Hong Kong on Monday received its first official group of maids from Myanmar since the former junta-ruled nation allowed its citizens to work abroad as domestic helpers, as the city tries to plug a shortage.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Domestic workers find sexual liberation in HK

In a picture taken on Nov. 11, 2013, Marrz Balaoro (right) and her partner, Irene Coles Peji, share a light moment while cooking at home in Hong Kong.  AFP PHOTO/DALE DE LA REY

Working long hours away from home for low pay and little time off, foreign domestic workers lead a tough life in Hong Kong. But for some, the city has brought sexual liberation unheard of in their home countries.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

It’s the law: Domestics get protection worldwide

A file photo dated 07 July 2002 of maids having a good time catching chicken they breed in the yard at a training center in Singapore. Singapore will require a mandatory weekly day off for maids starting next year, the government said Monday, March 6, 2012, in a move that will affect more than 200,000 domestic helpers in the affluent city-state.  AFP PHOTO

The Domestic Workers Convention—a treaty that provides basic labor rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide, including some two million Filipinos—came into force Thursday.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Marchers ask CA governor to OK domestic workers’ bill of rights

1)	A coalition of various minorities marched to California’s State Capitol, demanding that Gov. Jerry Brown sign the Domestic Bill of Rights legislation. SORCY APOSTOL

“Gov. Jerry Brown, aqui estamos! nandito kami! We are not leaving!” chanted the hundreds of marchers urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign AB 241, the California Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.

Posted: August 16th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

4 Filipina maids of arrested Saudi princess in US safe

Princess Meshael Alayban

Four Filipina domestic workers who voluntarily went with U.S. authorities during a raid early morning on July 10 that led to the arrest of their Saudi princess-employer are safe, according to the Orange Country district attorney.

Posted: July 16th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Group calls for support of CA domestic workers bill


Fil-Am organizations are urging the public to call their local state assembly member and ask them to support AB 241, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Maids’ deployment to Saudi resumes—DOLE

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After a ban of more than a year, the deployment of new domestic workers to Saudi Arabia has resumed.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

‘Walk Free’ lauds Senate ratification of ILO convention for domestic workers

Visayan Forum’s Cecilia Oebanda (left) and Walk Free’s David Bussau (right) present a petition calling for the ratification of ILO Convention 189 by the Philippine Senate to Senator Loren Legarda. The petition gathered over 40,000 signatures from supporters all over the world.

Over 40,000 Walk Free supporters from 159 countries signed a petition to the Philippine Senate calling for the ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 189—otherwise known as the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

Posted: August 11th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

PH needs to ratify ILO convention on domestic workers

The Philippines needs to quickly ratify an international convention on decent work for domestic workers to strengthen its voice in the global fight for migrant rights, according to Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA) Chief Hans Cacdac .

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Singapore maids’ day off is fine, but it’s ‘not enough’


Singapore’s decision to grant a weekly rest day to its foreign domestic workers, including Filipinos, was significant but fell short of international standards, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Posted: March 7th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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