Being both mother and father to the children is difficult, says an unemployed man whose wife works as a domestic helper in Dubai. The feminization of migration leaves more families affected by what one researcher calls the commodification of motherhood.
With quicker feedback on how fast and widely online messages are shared and which videos are popular, reproductive health advocates in projects in India and the Philippines see social media powering a spread of information, changing attitudes and behavior.
An offensive comment by the mayor of Osaka has brought the issue of comfort women back to the surface. A survivors’ group in the Philippines keeps the women’s stories alive and is planning a rally to coincide with President Aquino’s State of the Nation address.
Philippine female workers number over a million. Each one has a unique story but taken together they form a fabric of survival, desperation and hope. For those with children, the struggle with estrangement can be intense.
Catholic opposition has kept a Philippines birth-control law passed in 2012 from reaching the women in shanties, where the birth rate is booming. Our reporter visits a woman who wanted three children and wound up with eight, aged 2 to 21.
A Filipina trafficked by a Kuwaiti diplomat spoke out last week about her abuse. A New York advocacy group that helped her win a settlement is staging a Sept. 21 demonstration to prod her country’s U.S. consulate to help victims like her.