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Asian Women Workers Newsletter Quarterly Publication by Committee for Asian Women (CAW)
Vol. 17 No. 4 October 1998

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$50

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


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Action Alert:
"Workers' Rights are Human Rights"

CAW is launching an international campaign of workers, women and women workers, to wear a RED HEADSCARF or RED RIBBON on December 10.

This has been proposed and called for by the Labour Forum of the Asia/Pacific People's Assembly Against Globalization, on the occasion of the APEC meeting, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 8-15th November.

This is to remember that women and women workers' struggle for our basic rights, have always been going on. While we have made much gains in the course of history, we are now facing serious threats of losing what we have won. So it is time to defend our rights against the relentless wave of destructive "Globalization"!

Workers, women and especially, women workers, are encouraged to wear a red headscarf/red ribbon (whichever is appropriate) on this day, to show your solidarity and reaffirm your committment to the workers' and women struggle!

Please help spread this message to your community, organizations that you belong or work with and your friends. If you have any further questions or any other ideas how we can spread this campaign, please feel free to contact us at the secretariat. We will give you whatever support you need to make this action successful! Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

You can contact us either at CAW's e-mail address - .

South-east Asia: Women Workers

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

Last updated: 24 November 1998. this issue

  1. South-east Asia: Women workers last in and first out ... Pg. 1
  2. Women workers in Malaysia ... Pg. 4
  3. Labour in the informal sector in Thailand ... Pg. 8
  4. Korean women workers and Asian economic crisis ... Pg. 12
    Korea's 'IMF Orphans' ... Pg. 15
  5. Jailed for daring to struggle: Dita Indah Sari ... Pg. 16
  6. Workers struggle: Par Garment, Thailand ... Pg. 18
  7. Organiser Profile: Somboon Sikhamdokkae ... Pg. 21
  8. National workshop reports: Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India ... Pg. 24
  9. Organising activities of CAW's network groups ... Pg. 27
  10. Secretariat News ... Pg. 29

CAW's Video Production
"Dolls and Dusts"

CAW has completed the production of the video film on the impact of industrial restructuring on women workers in Sri Lanka, South Korea and Thailand. Duration: 55 minutes, English version.

Research, Direction and Filming by: Wayang, Thailand.

Copies of the video will be made available by the end of December, 1998. You could place your orders for the copy by sending us US$25 cheque payable to CAW Ltd. or you could transfer the amount directly to CAW's bank account. Please contact us for the bank details.
Kindly send us the cheque or the Bank slip with the following details:
Tel., Fax & E-mail:

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