February 27, 2024

Women MPs ask govt to protect girls working abroad

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Some Ugandans wait to be cleared at Entebbe International Airport before they take a flight from Uganda to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for work. A 2022 report by the Africa Institute for Strategy and Policy (AISP)—an Africa safe migration index—indicates that more than 195,000 Ugandan migrant workers are currently in Saudi Arabia. PHOTO | FILE

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Women leaders have raised alarm over the continued abuse of girls working abroad and asked the government to regulate labour companies.

While meeting women MPs on the Parliamentary Committee of Gender, officials from the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) said they sought to exchange ideas on how to regulate exportation of labour, especially for girls.

“We want to make the working conditions of Ugandans abroad better because it may not be very easy to stop them from going abroad but we want  favourable working condition so that they can earn an income and prosper,” Ms Safiya Nalule,  the EOC chairperson, she said yesterday.

Source: https://www.monitor.co.ug/

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