The Sad Lot of Migrant Workers Affects Us All


For years, I have spoken both in and outside Parliament about the need for Malaysia to empower women in economic and public life.

We need to increase our female labour participation rate, provide better social security for housewives, and help more women get into decision-making positions.

While the quest for gender equality and gender mainstreaming is still a steep uphill task, there is one group of women in Malaysia who are seldom on the radar of gender equality advocates at all. We all see them, but we hardly notice them; we all hear about them, but we hardly hear them. These are women migrant workers.

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