Nepal bans women under 30 from working in Gulf
The government of Nepal on Aug. 9 responded to reports of abuse by banning women under 30 from accepting work in the Persian Gulf States.
The action followed widespread reports that women from Nepal working in the Gulf region are frequently subjected to harassment and to sexual and psychological exploitation.
Around 244,000 women are working in Gulf states, according to a UN Women’s report of 2011, although only 56,000 women migrant workers are officially documented according to record of Department of Foreign Employment.
Although the ages of the women are not listed in the report, thousands are said to be under the age of 25.
“Young female workers are reported to have been sexually and psychologically exploited in Gulf countries. So the Cabinet decided to set the age bar for woman migrant workers in the Gulf, aiming at reducing the exploitation rate,” Minister for Information and Communications Raj Kishor Yadav said in reporting the Cabinet decision.
“Women above 30 years of age are at low risk of such exploitation,” he said.
Most of the women currently working in Gulf countries are assumed to be aged between 18 to 25.
In December 2010, Nepal lifted a ban — imposed in 1998 — on women going to Gulf countries.