Hivos has long been dedicated to supporting development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). One of our key focus areas in the region is on freedom of expression and Internet governance, and our Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa programme (iGmena) is one of the main ways Hivos supports this focus area. Since its inception in 2012, iGmena has been on the forefront of developing and reinforcing knowledge on Internet governance in the MENA region.
As coordinator of the Stop Child Labour coalition, Hivos signed a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector Covenant today together with 55 businesses, their trade organisations, the Dutch government and several other NGOs (see press release in right sidebar). The parties have agreed to work together to prevent discrimination, child labour and forced labour in their garment and textile manufacturing facilities in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey.
On June 16, International Domestic Worker's Day, Hivos is focussing attention on the range of abuses domestic workers from Southeast Asia face in the Gulf Region every day: non-payment of salaries, forced confinement, food deprivation, excessive workloads, and instances of severe psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Especially now in the month of Ramadan, their working conditions are sometimes unbearable.