Braema Mathiaparanam

President of MARUAH

Active in Country: Singapore

DTP Trainer and Alumna: 2006 Migrant Workers Program - Malaysia as a participant




Braema Mathiaparanam participated in 2006 Migrant Workers Program in Malaysia and 2008 Migrant Workers Program in Philippines.


Braema founded and led TWC2. She is now the President of MARUAH, a human rights advocacy group in Singapore that serves as the country’s focal point for the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. She is a tireless advocate for migrant workers’ rights and participated in the 2006 and 2008 DTP Migrant Workers’ Programs to further her skills in human rights training and offer her own insights into trafficking discussions.


It took years of campaigning by an array of NGOs to convince the Singapore government to pass legislation in 2013 guaranteeing migrant domestic workers one day of rest each week. Even now, migrant workers group Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) continues to advocate to ensure employers comply with the legislation; a recent survey of maids by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics found that only 40% of respondents had a weekly day off.


“Starting an NGO on Migrants’ Rights and later on Human Rights are both daunting. Firstly you need to know the issues, then the law, then the rights-based element and the laws. It is a journey. But attending the courses with the DTP on Migrant & Business Rights helped me and my colleagues to become better prepared for the work that lay ahead. I am particularly pleased at being able to know and use the notes on specific laws and conceptual framing of human rights”


Profile was part of 2015 DTP's 25th Anniversary Exhibition