Raquel Carvalho

Hong Kong

Raquel Carvalho

Asia Correspondent

Raquel Carvalho is Asia Correspondent for the Post. She joined the newspaper in 2014. Most of her investigative and in-depth stories have been focused on human rights, cross-border security, illicit trade and corruption. She was previously the chief reporter at a Portuguese daily newspaper in Macau, where she moved to from Europe in 2008.

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Treatment of Kenyan domestic workers in Hong Kong in spotlight amid reports of trafficking

An advocate says Kenyan workers in Hong Kong are working ‘like slaves’, with some reporting verbal abuse, lack of food and limited freedom of movement.

An advocate says Kenyan workers in Hong Kong are working ‘like slaves’, with some reporting verbal abuse, lack of food and limited freedom of movement.

3 Sep 2022 - 2:00PM
Taliban crackdown on Afghan women escalates while world looks away, report finds

Afghanistan has seen a surge in gender-based violence, child brides, forced marriages and women being arrested for ‘moral corruption’, Amnesty International found.

Afghanistan has seen a surge in gender-based violence, child brides, forced marriages and women being arrested for ‘moral corruption’, Amnesty International found.

27 Jul 2022 - 10:00AM
Fashion brands from Zara to H&M urged to make ‘responsible exit’ from Myanmar

Researchers call on popular brands to make a ‘responsible exit’, as abuse against garment workers in Myanmar has risen since the military takeover last year.

Researchers call on popular brands to make a ‘responsible exit’, as abuse against garment workers in Myanmar has risen since the military takeover last year.

26 Jul 2022 - 8:30AM
From Indonesia to Pacific, women less likely to have 2 Covid-19 vaccine shots than men

Women have borne the brunt of hardship two years after the pandemic, a new UN report shows.

Women have borne the brunt of hardship two years after the pandemic, a new UN report shows.

22 Jun 2022 - 7:01AM
How an Afghan woman who fled the Taliban is fighting for others like her

Rights activist Sara Seerat’s life was upended following the Taliban takeover, leaving her constantly worried about other women under the regime. Now she lives in Berlin and aims to help women everywhere, including in Ukraine.

Rights activist Sara Seerat’s life was upended following the Taliban takeover, leaving her constantly worried about other women under the regime. Now she lives in Berlin and aims to help women everywhere, including in Ukraine.

8 Jun 2022 - 6:41PM
Hong Kong’s Filipino domestic workers take centre stage in US filmmaker Stefanos Tai’s ‘We Don’t Dance For Nothing’

Film shines a light on the challenges faced by Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, who are often regarded as second-class citizens and sometimes ill-treated by employers.

Film shines a light on the challenges faced by Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, who are often regarded as second-class citizens and sometimes ill-treated by employers.

2 Jun 2022 - 2:05PM
‘Epidemic of misogyny’: Why Hong Kong, Singapore and the rest of Asia should be concerned about Big Tech failing women

A new report analysing nearly 9,000 messages received by high-profile women showed that Instagram didn’t act on 90 per cent of abuse sent via DMs.

A new report analysing nearly 9,000 messages received by high-profile women showed that Instagram didn’t act on 90 per cent of abuse sent via DMs.

24 Apr 2022 - 9:00AM
Sick domestic workers left homeless and jobless in Hong Kong after catching Covid-19, highlights a deeper problem

Dozens of domestic workers who tested positive for Covid-19 have been left homeless and facing discrimination; crisis highlights need to revise rule forcing them to live in the same house as employers.

Dozens of domestic workers who tested positive for Covid-19 have been left homeless and facing discrimination; crisis highlights need to revise rule forcing them to live in the same house as employers.

3 Apr 2022 - 11:57AM
Climate action needs more female leaders in Asia, UN Women specialist says

Sarah Knibbs, UN women’s deputy regional director, called on Asian countries to have more women engaged in leadership and policymaking focused on climate change.

Sarah Knibbs, UN women’s deputy regional director, called on Asian countries to have more women engaged in leadership and policymaking focused on climate change.

13 Mar 2022 - 11:00AM
As I see it | Afghan women and girls still trapped and suffering despite Taliban’s promises

The world must not forget Afghanistan’s girls and women: global powers that have ties with the Taliban, such as China, have a moral obligation.

The world must not forget Afghanistan’s girls and women: global powers that have ties with the Taliban, such as China, have a moral obligation.

18 Feb 2022 - 3:00PM
Philippine workers need jobs, not another migrant agency, critics say

Authorities say the new department will simplify and enhance services for migrants overseas, but experts and workers fear increased bureaucracy.

Authorities say the new department will simplify and enhance services for migrants overseas, but experts and workers fear increased bureaucracy.

13 Feb 2022 - 8:00AM
New casino concessions but less gaming: can Macau reinvent itself?

The Macau government announced earlier this year that it will grant six new casino licences, but experts say that it will not be business as usual.

The Macau government announced earlier this year that it will grant six new casino licences, but experts say that it will not be business as usual.

12 Feb 2022 - 1:28PM
As I see it | Why Hong Kong should consider better regulating the working hours of foreign domestic workers and bumping their salaries

As the city enters the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lines between work and rest for its helpers have become blurrier, writes Raquel Carvalho.

As the city enters the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lines between work and rest for its helpers have become blurrier, writes Raquel Carvalho.

21 Jan 2022 - 8:00AM
Chinese companies urged to cease Myanmar mines investments amid escalating violence

As the junta’s bloody crackdown on dissent intensifies, experts and advocates call on Chinese firms to take a more ethical approach and withdraw their investments.

As the junta’s bloody crackdown on dissent intensifies, experts and advocates call on Chinese firms to take a more ethical approach and withdraw their investments.

16 Jan 2022 - 7:35PM
Hong Kong’s domestic workers worry for their children’s futures, as many spend another Christmas far from home

Pregnant domestic workers and those who are far from their children are among those struggling the most amid Covid-19 restrictions. Specialists warn of isolation’s impact on their mental health, and the need for more support.

Pregnant domestic workers and those who are far from their children are among those struggling the most amid Covid-19 restrictions. Specialists warn of isolation’s impact on their mental health, and the need for more support.

25 Dec 2021 - 7:54AM
Macau ‘junket king’ Alvin Chau’s life in the limelight goes bust after illegal gambling arrest

Suncity Group’s high-flying owner had an appealing rags-to-riches tale, but reportedly built his empire with the help of convicted gangsters.

Suncity Group’s high-flying owner had an appealing rags-to-riches tale, but reportedly built his empire with the help of convicted gangsters.

5 Dec 2021 - 10:32AM
Junket king Alvin Chau’s arrest signals end of winning streak for Macau casinos as Beijing cracks down on gambling

Observers say Chau’s arrest has sent shock waves through the gaming industry as the junket business has been vital to the sector and long tolerated by China.

Observers say Chau’s arrest has sent shock waves through the gaming industry as the junket business has been vital to the sector and long tolerated by China.

4 Dec 2021 - 8:00AM
Beheaded, groped, beaten: violence against women in Asia is reaching alarming levels

Some of the most egregious cases involved a young woman who was beheaded in Pakistan and a domestic worker beaten by her employer in Hong Kong.

Some of the most egregious cases involved a young woman who was beheaded in Pakistan and a domestic worker beaten by her employer in Hong Kong.

28 Nov 2021 - 9:29AM
As I see it | Hong Kong should take a leaf from Singapore’s alternative to live-in rule for domestic workers

A Singapore scheme that allows some helpers to be hired by companies instead of household employers offers these workers greater flexibility and labour rights.

A Singapore scheme that allows some helpers to be hired by companies instead of household employers offers these workers greater flexibility and labour rights.

19 Nov 2021 - 9:00AM
Afghan women wait for the Taliban to let them return to work, but many have little hope

A cafe owner, a teacher and an activist describe how Afghanistan has changed since the Taliban took over.

A cafe owner, a teacher and an activist describe how Afghanistan has changed since the Taliban took over.

14 Nov 2021 - 4:00PM
Afghanistan: UN Women’s Asia chief says ‘huge gap’ between Taliban’s promises and reality

Mohammad Naciri wants women’s and girls’ rights to be at the centre of bilateral talks on Afghanistan.

Mohammad Naciri wants women’s and girls’ rights to be at the centre of bilateral talks on Afghanistan.

7 Nov 2021 - 1:00PM
Can Hongkongers learn how to end migrant domestic worker exploitation on new game-like website?

Immersive experience by International Labour Organization aims to raise awareness among employers about illegal and unethical hiring practices.

Immersive experience by International Labour Organization aims to raise awareness among employers about illegal and unethical hiring practices.

24 Oct 2021 - 10:50PM
As I see it | New UN Women chief should push for further gender equality in Asia

Education for women and girls, Covid-19 relief and migrant rights should be top priorities for incoming executive director Sima Sami Bahous.

Education for women and girls, Covid-19 relief and migrant rights should be top priorities for incoming executive director Sima Sami Bahous.

15 Oct 2021 - 9:00AM
Hong Kong asylum-seeker family who housed Edward Snowden embrace new life as Canadian permanent residents

Sri Lankan family who had sheltered US whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong landed in Canada as privately sponsored refugees

Sri Lankan family who had sheltered US whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong landed in Canada as privately sponsored refugees

29 Sep 2021 - 7:18PM
24 Sep 2021 - 1:14PM
Hunger and debt: hit by Covid-19, farmers in the Philippines hope their children follow a different path

Some are migrants who lost their jobs overseas and returned home to become farmers, others are families who never left their land. Many fear hunger, while falling into debt.

Some are migrants who lost their jobs overseas and returned home to become farmers, others are families who never left their land. Many fear hunger, while falling into debt.

19 Sep 2021 - 5:14PM
As I see it | Britain’s plan to punish migrants shows it learned nothing from Vietnamese truck deaths

Advocates warn that a ‘draconian’ new migration law and stricter border policies will only put vulnerable trafficking victims further at risk.

Advocates warn that a ‘draconian’ new migration law and stricter border policies will only put vulnerable trafficking victims further at risk.

3 Sep 2021 - 3:15PM
Sustainability in vogue: new documentary looks at three Hongkongers changing the fashion industry

Joanna Bowers’ ‘reFashioned’ examines the environmental damage caused by fast fashion, and explores how technology and innovation can drive change.

Joanna Bowers’ ‘reFashioned’ examines the environmental damage caused by fast fashion, and explores how technology and innovation can drive change.

29 Aug 2021 - 9:24PM
As I see it | Can Hong Kong find a win-win solution for its asylum seekers?

Hong Kong should ease rules that prevent asylum seekers working or volunteering, and instead allow members of this vulnerable community to become assets.

Hong Kong should ease rules that prevent asylum seekers working or volunteering, and instead allow members of this vulnerable community to become assets.

23 Jul 2021 - 9:00AM
A Chinese woman found a video of herself on Pornhub. Her new app aims to help survivors of image-based abuse

The woman came close to taking her own life after learning about the non-consensual footage. Now she hopes her app, Alecto AI, will help others find their images online – the first step to getting them removed.

The woman came close to taking her own life after learning about the non-consensual footage. Now she hopes her app, Alecto AI, will help others find their images online – the first step to getting them removed.

18 Jul 2021 - 7:18PM