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16 February 2017

What It's Like to Drive for Uber in Russia

RuNet Echo

Last month, writing for the popular news site TJournal, Denis Gavrilov interviewed several Uber drivers in Russia, learning about their work, their habits, and of course their passengers.

2 February 2017

Hundreds Still Missing After Factory Fire in Philippine Export Processing Zone

"Our hearts are crying out for justice for the workers of HTI. Not a single worker should die in the workplace, even when a fire breaks out."

23 January 2017

Snapshots of Migrants Working at a Riverside Brickworks in Myanmar

In some cases, children as young as five years of age share in their family’s labor when they really should be playing or studying at school.

8 January 2017

Singapore's Prime Minister Leads Netizens in Expressing Gratitude for Foreign Workers

Local observers argue that real policies to protect migrant workers' rights are still absent in the wealthy Asian city state, however.

2 January 2017

The Best and Worst of Russia's New Year's Laws

RuNet Echo

Every year, the Russian State Duma schedules laws to come into effect on January 1st. RuNet Echo marks the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 New Year's laws.

16 December 2016

Lebanon Deports Prominent Unionist, Testing Migrant Workers’ Resolve

Law enforcement officers in Lebanon are cracking down on unionists committed to organizing the country's migrant workers, and labor activists find themselves squeezed and left with few options.

2 December 2016

Attack on NGO Fighting for Rights of Textile Workers in Macedonia Highlights Dangers to Civil Society

An attack on the premises of an NGO that champions textile workers' rights, has undermined attempts to improve the terrible working conditions in Macedonia's garment industry .

3 November 2016

Hong Kong Introduces Restrictions on High-Rise Window Cleaning to Protect Maids, and Employers Are Upset

"The home is a private domain, but it is also the migrant domestic helper's work space. It is the employer's responsibility to provide an appropriate and safe working environment."

4 October 2016

Women in Poland Go on ‘Black Monday’ Strike Against Proposed Abortion Ban

"I demonstrated today, because I just can't accept the new proposals of the abortion law in Poland. If they go through, the will destroy women's bodies, minds and souls."

2 October 2016

50 Years Later, Protesters in Texas Reenact a Farmworker Strike That Is Scarcely Mentioned in History Books

“People don’t leave their own stories, people don’t leave letters, or diaries, or other types of autobiographies or personal stories.”

15 September 2016

After Months of Protest, Russian Coal Miners Finally Get Paychecks

RuNet Echo

It took a months-long protest and a hunger strike, but miners in Russia’s Rostov region are finally getting paid.

11 September 2016

Commemorating Biljana Garvanlieva, a Macedonian Filmmaker Who Gave Voice to Marginalized Women

"As an engaged documentary author my motivation is to break the existing image about women in Macedonia."

4 September 2016

Singapore’s Foreign Domestic Workers Find Their Voices Online

Rising Voices

"I was traumatized, frightened, and extremely sad. It was good intentions that brought me to work in Singapore and I cannot understand why I was treated so horribly."

3 September 2016

In This Traditional Turkish Candy Shop, a Daughter Takes Her Turn

The Old City of Istanbul has long been a man's world. But inside one fifth-generation candy shop, times are changing.

25 August 2016

Where’s the Outrage Over Iran’s Exploited Children?

"I dream every night that my parents and brothers and sisters are looking for me. I wake up every morning crying."

23 August 2016

A Citizen Journalist in India Took on the Local Government Over Pensions—and Won

"I know how important are a few hundred rupees in an impoverished person’s life. It means food, medicine and security."

Philippine Sugar Farmers Facing Another ’Dead Season’ Turn to Government for Help

Tiempo Muerto, or “The Dead Season,” can be so brutal on farmers that more than a quarter of a million people—a whopping 385,000 sugar workers—are affected on Negros Island alone.

21 August 2016

Nicaragua Has a Cervical Cancer Problem. A Coffee Farm Is Trying to Help.

Nicaragua has the highest cervical cancer death rate in the Americas —and women must face down societal pressure even to get treated.

1 August 2016

In Nike's Ad About Female Athletes in India, Too Much Glamour, Not Enough Names?

"That Nike Ad shows how little we know about female sportsperson or athletes in this country."

19 July 2016

The Lives of Migrant Workers in Thailand's ‘Little Burma’

“But we have no money and no home; how could we go back and survive?”

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