An increasing number of Nepali women are migrating to the Gulf states and Asia for work, despite exploitation and dangerous working conditions, according to data from Kathamandu-based women's organisation Maiti Nepal.
An estimated 25,051 women migrated to Malaysia, Japan and the Gulf in the 2013 fiscal year - a 9% increase on the previous year's figure.
Of them, 10,345 went to the United Arab Emirates, 8,992 to Malaysia, 1,489 to Qatar, 349 to Saudi Arabia , 1,348 to Kuwait, 321 to Bahrain, 342 to Oman, 152 to Lebanon, and 222 to Japan.
The majority of women (66.3%) are involved in domestic work, 11.6% work in factories, 9.3% in restaurants, 7% in offices, 2.3% work as cleaners, 1.2% as labourers, 1.2% as nursing home staff and 1.2% work in shopping centres, according to Maiti Nepal.
However, Nepali women face grave risks overseas, a spokesperson for the organisation said:
(Source: Himalayan Times)
Today The Washington Post ran a story on the death of Pramila Dangol, a Nepali woman who died while working in Kuwait as a live-in maid for a local family. Dangol's family never knew the cause of her death. An official statement said that she had died from a 'lack of oxygen' while operating an air conditioning unit. However, her relatives suspect foul play. Because Dangol was an undocumented migrant, her family will not receive compensation.