Greater protection of foreign domestic workers' mental well-being called for

Posted on January 20, 2014

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SINGAPORE - A migrant workers' group has called for greater protection of the mental well-being of foreign domestic workers (FDWs).

The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) said current laws in Singapore are not adequate in addressing the issue of mental health of FDWs.

To support its claim, HOME has embarked on a study - which is a first of its kind in Singapore - on the state of mental health of FDWs.

HOME said the exploitation, victimisation and marginalisation of these women pose a serious threat to their mental well-being.

Currently, there are more than 210,000 FDWs. The study is also timely as Singapore's dependency on FDWs is set to grow.

The study on the mental health on FDWs could pave the way for research on other migrant groups.

Category(s):Workplace Issues

Source material from Channel News Asia