Jolovan Wham: U@live Featuring Jolovan Wham
U@live Featuring Jolovan Wham (21 Mar 2012)

About the Speaker

Having graduated in 2004 from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Jolovan very quickly realized the injustices facing marginalized groups in Singapore. Upon graduation, he began volunteering with a church that provided social aid for migrant workers. It was through this experience that he realized the problems facing the migrant worker community in Singapore.

Shortly after this, he joined HOME (The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics). At HOME, Jolovan works directly with migrant workers often stepping in as the mediator between them and their employers and the ministry.

Coming across as extremely humble, Jolovan works out of a small office in Geylang where along with stacks of leaflets and flyers, contains a row of computers (with access to the internet) set up for the workers to use in their spare time. One of his goals is to engage the workers through social activities such a weekend movie screenings and listen to their gripes. “It’s important to develop a sense of trust” he says adding that the workers are often more forthcoming with their problems once they feel comfortable at with his team at HOME.

With an added passion in theatre and acting is also an executive committee member of Migrant Voices; and community arts charity that celebrates the artistic talents of migrant workers in Singapore.

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21 March 2012
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244
Venue: The Auditorium
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