New Report on Workers' Rights in Singapore

With regard to discrimination, the report notes that the profile of working women is improving, due to educational efforts and positive action programmes, although wage gaps persist. In the private sector women still hold few leadership positions. Thirty percent of the total workforce are foreign workers from neighbouring countries, most of them unskilled. Many are domestic workers, with an estimated 150,000 domestic female workers employed in Singapore. Foreign workers' working hours tend to be long and their housing conditions, particularly for construction workers, are reported to be inadequate. The report also notes the problem of trafficking of women from neighbouring countries into Singapore, often for the purpose of forced prostitution.

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