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ends 07 Jul 2020, 11:59 PM

COVID19 has put Singapore's migrant worker population into the spotlight.

While the plight of the male migrant workers has received a lot of press, the women that are working as MDW (Migrant Domestic Workers) are kept behind closed doors. Literally.

There are 256,000 MDWs that live in Singapore. Before lockdown many women weren't allowed to:

- Own and use their own mobile phone
- Talk to anyone else outside the household
- Have more than 1 day off a month
- Terminate their employment if they weren't happy and find a new employer
- Hold their own work permit or passport
- Go home to see their families Sometimes for years on end.

Many women still:

- Get filmed by their employers 24/7
- Are not given money to buy food and toiletries
- Aren't allowed to have their own space, even on their days off.
- Are sent to work between more than one family house and more than one employer in the family. Without being paid extra.

The lockdown has exacerbated these already very present issues. So this month, I am running 256km for HOME who is an organisation that provides support, shelter, advocacy and counselling for MDWs.

They have been inundated with women running away from their employers during this time. That isn't right. A lot needs to change in this in this space.
$250.00 will keep a woman safe at the HOME shelter for 1 month.
Please donate and help me raise enough money to keep a woman safe for 12 months. At least. Thank you. x

About The Charity

HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics) is a charitable organisation with Institution of Public Character status. Since 2004, we have been dedicated to improving the welfare and upholding the rights of migrant workers in Singapore.

Migrant workers play a vital role in contributing to Singapore. They take on low-waged jobs as domestic workers or in the construction, marine, manufacturing, service and conservancy sectors. Their work is often dangerous and precarious.

We assist migrant workers who suffer abuse and exploitation. Unpaid salaries, excessive working hours, work injuries, physical and psychological abuse are some of the common problems these workers face. Some of them may also be victims of human trafficking.

We run a shelter for domestic workers, helpdesks for domestic workers and male migrant workers. We also offer legal assistance, health education and vocational training to the workers. In 2016, over 2,000 migrant workers received assistance from us. And about 2,000 domestic workers have sat through our skills training courses.

HOME works with government agencies, civic groups, corporations and other community partners to realise our vision in creating an inclusive society that stands for justice, fairness and equality.

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