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Book Discussion “Vietnamese Women Migrating for Work Overseas: The Untold Stories”

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SEA Junction and the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) are organizing a knowledge sharing and evidence-based advocacy for socio-economic inclusion of migrant and trafficked women from Southeast Asia to Europe: both those who currently live in Europe and those who have returned to their home countries. To achieve the objective of promoting rights-affirming labour migration policies and anti-trafficking measures on these migration routes, we are holding a series of six-monthly webinars with the title “Towards Safe Southeast Asia-Europe Migration Corridors”, which will look at current and emerging challenges and possible policy solutions.

In the first event, Maruja M.B. Asis, Director of Research and Publications at the Scalabrini Migration Center gave an overview of migration from Southeast Asia and with this second event we shift to the national level, by focusing on Vietnam. In this webinar, Khuat Thu Hong and Nguyen Song Bao Anh respectively Founding Director and Senior Researcher of the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) in Hanoi will discuss a recently published book on Vietnamese women migration overseas. 

The volume collects the stories of the lives of Vietnamese women while working abroad, told by members of a network of women who migrated for work overseas in Ha Tinh. The stories are arranged according to key issues such as journey abroad, language differences, working conditions, gender-based violence, pregnancy and healthcare abroad, encounters with the police and days in prison, or difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and return day, rebuilding life at home. This thematic approach helps bridge together the multitude of experiences of migrant women into a journey from the time they leave until they return – each stage is a colourful picture assembled from many pieces of life that are common among migrant women, yet at the same time unique.

The book discussion will be aired on 29 September 2022 at 4 pm on Zoom (Link: http://bit.ly/SEA-EUROPE-MIGRATION) and Facebook Live: SEA-Junction and GAATW page. After the presentation, a Q & A session will follow moderated by Rosalia Sciortino, Founding Director of SEA Junction.

The book can be downloaded at https://isds.org.vn/en/an-pham/journey-of-vietnamese-women-migrating-for-work-overseas-the-untold-stories/.

Speakers’ Profiles

Khuat Thu Hong is the founder and Director of the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS), an independent research organization located in Hanoi, Vietnam. She has a B.A. in psychology in 1984 and a Ph.D. in sociology in 1997. Before founding ISDS, she worked for the Institute of Sociology, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences for sixteen years and for UNDP as the gender specialist from March 2000 to May 2001.  Her major fields of studies include gender, sexuality and social inclusion. Khuat Thu Hong is a regular guest of national and international television and radio such as VTV, VOV, BBC, NHK, VOA and RFA and is frequently interviewed by national and international newspapers on gender and social issues in Vietnam.

Nguyen Song Bao Anh graduated from Durham University, UK with an MSc. in Sustainability, Culture, and Development in 2020. Prior to her master, she has a background in Business Administration, and two and a half years of experience in social media research. She is now working as ISDS’s researcher in projects promoting for inclusive governance and gender rights for under-served communities, including ethnic minorities and migrant workers.


SEA Junction

SEA Junction, established under the Thai non-profit organization Foundation for Southeast Asia Studies (ForSEA), aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions- from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium), SEA Junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org, join the Facebook group:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/1693058870976440/ and follow us on twitter and Instagram @seajunction

Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)

The GAATW is a network of more than 80 non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world that fight against trafficking in persons. GAATW is committed to work for changes in the political, economic, social, and legal systems and structures which contribute to the persistence of trafficking in persons and other human rights violations in the context of migratory movements for diverse purposes, including security of labour and livelihood. For more information, see https://gaatw.org/.


September 29
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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