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About AWWN

Asian Women Workers Newsletter (AWWN) is published quarterly by Committee for Asian Women (CAW). It reports the issues, news, struggles and life experiences on Asian women workers.

If you work with women workers, and you want to share your struggles and experiences in your country, we are glad to receive your contributions and publish it in the newsletter. We are also interested in exchanging publications with labour groups, women organisations and trade unions.

CAW is a regional women workers organisation with the following objectives:

  1. Assists in consciousness raising among women workers in formal and informal sectors in Asia towards the realisation of the commonalities of their situations, problems and analysis;
  2. Supports the organising efforts of the organised women workers to effect favourable changes in their lives;
  3. Facilitates networking and linkages amongst women workers and related groups within Asia and outside for solidarity and support.
  4. To be the regional platform for women workers in Asia, to facilitate and / or represent the voice of women workers in Asia.

Biannual Subscription:

Hong Kong & MacauHK$100
Asia, excluding JapanUS$25
Outside Asia & JapanUS$35

Please send your subscription and a bank cheque payable to "CAW LIMITED" to the secretariat

Secretariat address:
Unit E, 4/F, Skyline Tower, 18 Tong Mi Road, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Telephone: (852) 2722 6150
Fax: (852) 2369 9895


To subscribe the full version of this newsletter, please read this first!.

Last updated: 9 September 1998.


  1. Part-time Work: Solution or Trap? ... Pg 3
  2. Out of the shadows: Homebased Workers ... Pg 5
  3. Japan Experience: Campaign on Part-time Workers Rights ... Pg 9
  4. Situation of HK women workers in 90's ... Pg 12
  5. Campaign information ... Pg 14
  6. Profile of an Homebased Worker: India ... Pg 18
  7. Workers Struggles ... Pg 20
  8. May day Celebrations ... Pg 24
  9. News from our Network Groups ... Pg 27
  10. Secretariat News ... Pg 28

Urgent Appeal:
Signature Campaign

To Protect Women Workers' Rights as Part-time Workers and Homeworkers

We denounce the expansion of the casualisation and flexibilisation of work pattern, not for workers interests and free choice, but for business profits. We denounce the company to retrench regular workers and replace them with casual and flexible forms of workers, including part-time workers, homeworkers, contract workers and dispatch workers, etc. Women workers are always the first target!

We call on the governments to commit themselves to protect women workers rights, particularly in the reality of casualisation and flexibilisation of women labour force that aggravate the exploitation of women workers.

Please join the campaign by signing your names in the signature form.
Download the leaflet and signature form (MS Word format)
For more information, please read Campaign information (Pg 14).

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Updated by: Kevin Li (HKPWD)

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