Enforce Better Legal Protection for Domestic Workers in Malaysia
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Every year, horrific stories of domestic worker abuse surface in the Malaysian media with some domestic workers being starved, beaten and raped. Some of these cases even result in deaths. How many more cases like Nirmala Bonat's, Adelina Lisao's and Mey Sichan's do we have to witness before we act?
These abuses are an addition to the extreme susceptibility of these women to exploitation by recruitment agencies, from not being given the opportunity to consent to having their passport confiscated to discrepancies in work employment contracts, further infringing on their already limited rights.
Many of these abuses and exploitation are due to the extreme gaps in our laws which do not recognise these women as workers where it matters.
As such, the Domestic Workers Coalition* has collectively worked on a Domestic Workers draft Bill since 2016 and will push for the Malaysian parliament to pass it into law to ensure better legal protection for these vulnerable women.
The DW Draft Bill has been strongly influenced by the input of domestic workers from meetings, gatherings and consultations at different levels .This entire process was a project supported by the ILO office in Geneva with a thorough review by the ILO Experts in Geneva.
To strengthen our efforts, we want our policy makers to hear your voice on this matter!
Sign this petition to show the Malaysian government that we will not stand by quietly while these women continue to suffer.
This petition will be submitted to the parliament along with the bill.
* the Domestic Workers Coalition consists of several NGOs, including the WAO - Women’s Aid Organization , CARAM ASIA , Liber 8, Migrant Ministry, Persatuann Kebajikan Good Shepherd, AOHD ( Archdiocesan Officer for Human Development), Change Your World , Tenaganita and Malaysian Trade Union
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