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A Marriage of Convenience: Filipina Domestic Workers and the Singaporean State

Tags: Asia , Employment , Immigration , Society and Culture , Women

Chanamuto, Nicola

September 03, 2009

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Last month I flew to South Korea to participate as a paper presenter and panel chair in the World Civic Youth Forum (WCYF) 2009.

The WCYF is a programme of the World Civic Forum 2009, organised by Kyung Hee University in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This year the conference was held at the Global Campus of Kyung Hee University from 5-8 May.

WCYF provided an excellent forum for me to present a paper I have prepared for my Masters degree in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. My paper considers the case of Filipina migrant domestic workers in Singapore.

I became interested in the subject of women’s migration for domestic work long before studying for my Masters degree. I was particularly interested in women’s experiences of long distance migration and their treatment in the destination country. I have visited Singapore a number of times to visit family there, and observing the ‘maid culture’ during my visits has made me keen to research this topic to satisfy my own curiosity. . .  Read more (link to the Tokyo Foundation's Sylff official website)

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