Women at Work

With more women going abroad to work, the UN says governments must raise awareness about rights of migrant women workers. With more women going abroad to work, the UN says governments must raise awareness about rights of migrant women workers. “States should more systematically put in place targeted prevention measures, including comprehensive awareness-raising initiatives, to educate migrant women and the general public about the rights of women migrant workers,” said UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

Out of Sri Lanka’s migrant worker population, over 60 percent are women, mostly working in Middle Eastern countries.

Most hold unskilled jobs as housemaids or domestic servants but over half – 55 percent – of last year’s over US$ 1.5 billion private remittances, came into the island from the Middle East.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says that demand for female migrants in the Middle East has increased, particularly in the unskilled service sector job categories that the local population is reluctant to take.

These jobs are filled by women from the developing countries of As