Voices Of Youth

Enable student volunteers to give maids support

I hope that more support will be given to foreign domestic workers in Singapore (NGOs: Need to protect Cambodian maids better; Feb 1).

I urge the authorities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to work together to ensure that all domestic workers fully understand their rights.

More hotlines should be made accessible to maids for counselling services or for filing a report.

Perhaps volunteering opportunities could be offered to students to serve the domestic workers. For example, students could help them improve their English or Chinese and fill them in on global issues as well as their legal rights. This would be an additional volunteering platform for the students, apart from the usual nursing homes and orphanages.

I believe this close contact will benefit both the domestic workers and students, as they will be rewarded with enriching experiences.

Karen Wong Jia Yi, 17, first-year junior college student