Malaysia continues to be one of the largest importers of labour in Asia.
Women migrant workers constitute a significant workforce in its
manufacturing, service and domestic sectors. It is estimated that women
constitute almost 40 percent of its migrant population today. Women migrant
workers work under severe and punitive conditions in Malaysia, with few
rights and entitlements at work and in their communities.
In this toolkit, we focus on advancing their sexual and reproductive health.
Women’s migration has wide-reaching implications for their sexual and
reproductive health, but this aspect of their health has not attracted sufficient
attention by the government, employers, health care providers, civil society or
researchers in Malaysia. There is a lack of gender-sensitive policies overall, to
address these needs and protection of this aspect of health and well-being is
minimal. Consequently, little is known about the difficulties these women
face in coping with sexual and reproductive health illnesses or when seeking
treatment, or of interventions which can meet their sexual and reproductive