Supporting returning domestic workers

Some 6.5 million Indonesians work overseas and many of them are female domestic workers. As the Indonesian government increases efforts to ensure their nationals have protection before, during and after they leave the country for employment, the Indonesian Red Cross Society has recently started to provide support to female domestic workers who are returning to their families after lengthy periods away. “Some come back with a success story, but many of them come home with serious or chronic injuries,” says Leo Pattiasina, head of the National Society’s social services sub-division.

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