Rokuhei Fukui ’12 has been awarded the Davis United World College Scholars Davis Projects for Peace prize
For his project entitled “Documenting the Abuse of Migrant Workers in Singapore”
Roku’s description of his project:
“Singapore became a major receiving country of foreign labor since the late 1970s and migrant workers are now an integral part of the nation’s economy. However, the Singaporean government has systematically excluded migrant workers of rights that are made available to its citizens, thus, exploitation is rife… using Google Maps, I will go further to document the cases of abuse on an interactive map of Singapore I will publish pamphlets, posters and articles of the cases of mistreatment. This map will be made available to contractors, who hire migrant laborers from employment agencies, therefore holding companies accountable for the treatment of their foreign labor. It will put pressure both on companies to stop the abuse, and on corporations to deal only with companies that treat migrant workers fairly, with dignity and respect. The demand for this project has already been expressed by both TWC2 and government institutions, as these organizations desire to hold companies accountable for the exploitation of workers and raise the living standards of laborers in Singapore.”
Working with TWC2, a registered NGO in Singapore, Roku hopes to organize a free meal program for migrant workers who have faced exploitation and abuse and bring together migrant workers, activists and civil society members to further document the cases of abuse.
100 Projects for Peace an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2011. Through a competition on over 85 campuses, 100 projects were selected for funding at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace in the 21st century. For more information visit http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/