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Chih Chen - Blog 6: Reintegration

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May 24th, 2016 — It is exactly ten days since I left Manila on a flight bound for Vancouver, where I spent some time with fellow intern and dear friend, Nadya in her home in East Vancouver. From there, I slowly made my way home to Toronto. And by slowly, I mean slowly—by train, over four days, with limited Internet, asingle electrical outlet to serve all sleeper class passengers, and an overwhelminginability to “sum up” this experience for the blog that was already late.

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Chih Chen - Blog 5: Women's rights and ASEAN Integration

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I recently had the opportunity to attend a CEDAW national consultation in recognition of the 35th anniversary of the Philippines’ ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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Chih Chen - Blog 4: Reflections on recruitment and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

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In this entry, I reflect on the research I have been conducting with the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) on the labour recruitment apparatus in the Philippines. I consider several structural challenges that exist in the protection of rights for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and comment briefly on the main trends in recruitment reform.

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Chih Chen - Blog 3: Migrant rights, international conventions, and the potentials of intersectoral consultation

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On December 8th, 2015, I had the opportunity to attend the first gender and migration forum organized by a partnership between UN Women (Asia and the Pacific), the Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines (CHR) and my host organization, the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA). I recount my observations from that day and reflect on the UN treaty process in terms of its potential to mobilize rights-based work.

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Chih Chen - Blog 2: Living in Quezon City: urban development, gender and class

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Recounting the first few weeks of CAPI training in Victoria, British Columbia, I am reminded of our intern group’s conversations on privilege, anti-oppression, gender-based work, and how these worlds intersect with migrant rights advocacy. In many ways, speaking of privilege set the tone for how I continue to think about how to represent the place that I—temporarily, and with awe—live in, struggle with, and am trying to describe all the time.

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Chih Chen - Podcast 1: Interview with Shanzeh Ameen

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Interview with fellow CAPI intern, Shanzeh Ameen, about her upcoming placement at Pourakhi in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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