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Domestic Workers Convention Now! Enact Kasambahay Bill Now!

Some three million Asian migrants make significant contributions to the economies of both their countries of origin and destination each year. A large proportion of these migrants are women, most of whom are employed as domestic workers in households in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Gulf and Arab Countries of West Asia. These workers are employed in private households—workplaces that fall outside the realm of labour laws and regulation. As temporary migrants, they are already vulnerable to deception and abuse by unscrupulous employers and employment agencies by virtue of their immigration status; as domestic workers, these risks are amplified as their workplaces are largely shielded from scrutiny by the primacy given to the privacy of the home.

MFA supports the Kasambahay Bill, designed to protect and promote the rights of domestic workers employed in the Philippines. The passage of this bill is necessary, as it would establish standards within the Philippines that are in line with the protections we would like to see availed to Filipino domestic workers when they are employed abroad.

Read the full MFA Statement: Domestic Workers Convention Now! Enact Kasambahay Bill Now!

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MFA is a regional network of non-government organizations (NGOs), associations and trade unions of migrant workers, and individual advocates in Asia who are committed to protect and promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers.

It is guided by a vision of an alternative world system based on respect for human rights and dignity, social justice, and gender equity, particularly for migrant workers.

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