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Government of Nepal bans women Under 30 From Migrating in the Gulf – UN Women's Standpoint
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Increased incidents of sexual, physical and mental exploitation of Nepali housemaids in gulf countries and reports of underage girls being sent on forged passports prompted the government to restrict women bellow 30 years of age from working as housemaids in those countries, but rights activists say it violates women’s right to equality.Government sources said the new age bar will apply only to those women who want to work in informal sectors that are not covered by the host countries’ labour laws. The job of housemaid falls under Kafala system prevalent in gulf countries which allows the employers to hold their employees’ travel documents,restrict them from changing jobs and returning to their home countries at their will. Most of the Gulf countries have not signed ILO conventions.Young female workers are reported to have been sexually and psychologically exploited in Gulf countries,"the minister for information and communication Raj Kishore Yadav said.the cabinet decided to set age bar for women migrant workers going to the Gulf," Yadav was quoted by
the Himalayan Times as saying.
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