Maid in Singapore

The dream of opening a business back in Myanmar is what brought Moe Moe to Singapore two years ago. What she did not know is that it would be nine months before she received her first salary. For the first nine months everything went to the ...

Isolated and lacking labor rights, housemaids toil in silence

Khin Htar Kyu was in her late teens when she left her village in Irrawaddy Division’s Wakema Township with her younger sister to find work in Yangon to help her indebted family. Across Myanmar, there are tens of thousands of girls like Khin Htar Kyu who leave ...

Religious leaders take stand on violence against women

Religious leaders from four major faiths in Myanmar called for an end to violence and discrimination against women during an International Women’s Day debate in Yangon over the weekend. The three-hour discussion was organised by UN Women and Religions for Peace, a Yangon-based interfaith group bringing together ...

High prevalence of domestic violence during pregnancy: research

One in three, or 35 per cent of Vietnam’s pregnant women, are victims of domestic violence, mostly at the hands of husbands, according to doctors at Hanoi Medical University (HMU). Dr Nguyen Hoang Thanh from the HMU revealed the shocking data as part of a research ...

Domestic violence dips as couples share work

A program aimed at relaxing rigid gender norms has cut domestic violence in six communities, a gender equity NGO said on 16 December as it wrapped up its three-year run. Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) set out to improve community life by relaxing gender restrictions on ...

Malaysia maid pipeline resumes

Cambodia has signed a long-anticipated agreement to resume the legal flow of domestic workers to Malaysia, putting an end to a ban introduced more than four years ago amid reports of serious migrant abuses, which had led to multiple deaths. A statement released on 10 December evening ...

Child abuse costs Cambodia: study

Violence against children cost Cambodia approximately $168 million in 2013, or just over 1 per cent of GDP, according to a new report from the government and UNICEF that explores the economic impacts of physical abuse. Titled The economic burden of health consequences of violence against ...

Cambodian groups aim to end violence against women

A worldwide, 16-day campaign to end violence against women kicked off in Cambodia on 25 November, with NGOs, the United Nations and government agencies intensifying their efforts toward preventative measures. Spanning from the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls until Human Rights Day on ...

58 percent of married women in Vietnam are victims of domestic violence: report

Nearly 60 percent of married women in Vietnam have suffered physical or sexual abuse at least once in their life, according to figures released by a new campaign to stop violence against women.   Every one of three women in the world suffer physical or sexual violence, ...

Women leaders welcome increase in regional MPs

Domestic violence is one of the issues that might be brought up now that the number of female representatives in Mandalay Region Hluttaw has risen from one to four. The election of three new female members in last week’s election – all members of the National ...

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