Qatar recognizes need for reform under domestic workers rights

Qatar recognizes need for reform under domestic workers rights

Nicholas McGheehan for Guardian Development Network –  WNN Improve It (WNN/GN/GDN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: A long-awaited report has criticized Qatar’s controversial kafala system as “no longer the appropriate tool for the effective control of migration.” This negative assessment of the system, which binds workers to one employer, carries all the more weight because it is […]

Native Women Bring Solar Energy to Chile’s Atacama Desert

Native Women Bring Solar Energy to Chile’s Atacama Desert

Marianela Jarroud – IPS – Monday, 18 March 2013 (originally published 13 Mar) SANTIAGO, Mar 13 2013 (IPS) – Three indigenous communities from the Chilean highlands have just received solar panels, which will be set up and maintained by unlikely solar engineers: five native women who travelled halfway around the world to India and overcame […]

Wage gap bid for women blocked by ‘partisan’ U.S. legislature

Wage gap bid for women blocked by ‘partisan’ U.S. legislature

Donna Smith – WNN Breaking (WNN/TLW/Reuters) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES: U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an election-year bid by Democrats for legislation they said would discourage employers from paying women less than they pay men for the same job. In a party-line vote, Democrats, who control the Senate, failed to muster the 60 votes […]

Cambodian Maids Speak of Abuse

Cambodian Maids Speak of Abuse

Eileen Ng – The Irrawaddy – Tuesday, 23 August 2011 (originally published 18 Aug) KUALA LUMPUR— Hok Pov had never been beaten and never known hunger until she came to work in Malaysia in April. In the six weeks that she worked as a maid for a Malaysian family, she says she lost 22 pounds […]

Women Collecting Fish at Sunset in Dili District

Women Collecting Fish at Sunset in Dili District

WNN Photos Women collecting fish on Asia coast at sunset in the Dili District. (WNN) TILMOR-LESTE: As in all coastal communities in Timor-Leste, the ocean both feeds and sustains villagers. For generations coastal communities in Asia have relied on a wide range of fish for their livelihoods. However, fish stocks in South-East Asia are being […]