Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) — Nepal has banned women under the age of 30 from working in Persian Gulf nations amid increasing concerns over abuse and exploitation.
Nepalese women are among thousands of Asians who travel to the Middle East in search of employment. They often arrive willingly, but subsequently face conditions that the U.S. State Department says is indicative of forced labor — the withholding of passports, restrictions on movement, nonpayment of wages for work up to 20 hours a day, threats, deprivation of food and sleep, and physical or sexual abuse.
The age bar is aimed at preventing some of the abuse, Raj Kishore Yadav, Nepal’s minister of information and communication, said Thursday. He said the hope is that the risks are lower with more mature women.
The Nepalese government says 58,000 Nepalese women are working in these Gulf states — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman. However, human rights agencies estimate that number at about 200,000, saying that the official figure does not take into account all those who have traveled illegally, many through India…
…Human Rights Watch, which has documented abuse of Asian women workers in Middle Eastern nations, says Nepal’s age limit policy does not go far enough to address the gravity of the problem.
“Imposing a ban on women under 30 from migrating to the Gulf fails to solve the underlying problem of how desperate women are for decent work,” said Nisha Varia, senior researcher for the rights group’s Women’s Rights Division.
Varia said she once visited a hospital in Kuwait that had an entire ward devoted to domestic workers who had spinal cord and back injuries from botched escape attempts or attempted suicide from high-rise residential buildings.
- A Non-Violent Activist Dies in Texas (online article)
- Are Police Taking Sides in Protests? (online article)
- Artwork, Stories and Photojournalism
- Austrian Party with Nazi Imagery Wins Big (online article)
- Notes from the Obama Rally (Nov. 12, 2007)
- The Media as Theater of War
- Travel Journal
- A New Yorker in Belize
- Belize: Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley
- Belmar Beach after the Storm – 2009
- Christmas in New York (2005)
- Civilization in the Jungle: Mayan Lamanai Temple
- Fruit and Flowers in the Garden State
- Jones Beach Airshow
- Protest at the UN: No to dictatorship, yes to democracy in Iran
- San Francisco 2005
- Wintery Wall Street – 2009
- Zombies at the Jersey Shore – 2009
- Two Visits to a Fast-Changing Lebanon (online article)
- Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale | Omer Aziz
- Machine dreams 2: vimeo.com/210980459?ref=… 5 hours ago
- Lorenz Attractor Simulation youtu.be/iu4RdmBVdps via @YouTube 5 hours ago
- Sketches instagram.com/p/BTXzEQ9Ah5V/ 6 hours ago
- 5 Secrets to Pulling Off a Hollywood-Level Chroma Key (Besides Good Lighting) nofilmschool.com/2015/09/5-secr… via @nofilmschool 19 hours ago
- Linux Launcher turns your Android phone into command line interface tnw.to/2q2y6IK via @thenextweb 19 hours ago