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An Analysis of the Philippine Legal and Policy Frameworks for the Protection of Women Migrant Workers, particularly the Domestic Workers and Entertainers, from vulnerability to HIV/AIDS




Amparita Sta. Maria


Overseas employment predisposes migrant workers to discrimination and exploitation. The women are especially vulnerable to abuses, especially the entertainers and domestic workers.

Currently, there is a slow but steady increase of HIV/AIDS infection among migrant workers. In its country report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Philippines has stated that HIV/AIDS prevalence in women was highest with the 19-29 age groups; and that most of them are in prostitution, although there are also cases found in overseas domestic workers.

This thesis examines the HIV/AIDS education implemented by the government as its solution to protecting departing migrant workers from vulnerability to the disease. Analyzing the legal and policy frameworks and its implementing program, the thesis concludes with recommendations on how best to ensure that the information acquired by the women migrant workers translates into behavior that would effectively reduce the risk of their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.


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Place published



Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work and Dancers

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Researchers and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

Philippines and Vietnam

Spheres of activity

Gender and sexuality studies, Health sciences, and Law