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About Rothna Begum, Senior Researcher, Women’s Rights Division:
Rothna Begum is a senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW), where she has been working since 2013. While at Human Rights Watch, she has focused on discrimination and violence against women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa region.
She has led the research and advocacy on the abuse and exploitation of migrant domestic workers in the Middle East, investigated sexual violence and slavery of Yezidi women by ISIS in Iraq, advocated against the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia, and investigated the lack of adequate response to domestic violence in Morocco, Lebanon, Iraq and Kuwait. She also led the advocacy for Human Rights Watch on a new global International Labour Organization (ILO) treaty relating to violence and harassment at work, which was adopted in June 2019.
She has authored several HRW reports including “Working Like a Robot”: Abuse of Tanzanian Domestic Workers in Oman and the United Arab Emirates; “I Was Sold”: Abuse and Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Oman; and “I Already Bought You”: Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates.
TEDxGateway Webinar: Gayathri Vasudevan (Social Entrepreneur) & Rothna Begum (Human Rights Activist) in conversation with Faye D’Souza (Journalist)
Webinar Series: The World Has Changed
Webinar Topic: Plight of the Invisible Workforce.
About The Webinar:
Covid-19 is not just a healthcare and economic crisis, it is a crisis that will change the way livelihoods are being earned & humanity is being looked upon. For the millions of migrants who are at the crux of this disaster – helpless and made vulnerable, it’s time we rethink and introspect the way we view our invisible workforce.
Shedding light on the millions stranded locally & globally, what would it take to ensure that stakeholders across all levels consider this plight of the large informal sector. As millions of them face job loss, unpaid wages, starvation, abuse and displacement, many have only one option – to return back home.