Migrant workers providing essential services (MWs) have moved into 21 refurbished blocks of HDB flats in Redhill Close, and the 4-block “diamond flats” in Yuan Kuang Road. More rehousing efforts could be underway in other neighbourhoods. MWs are already living in fear and distress given the high numbers of COVID-19 infection within the dorms. WIMBY aims to pre-empt tensions caused by the rehousing effort and counter NIMBYism by amplifying the message that MWs are Welcome In My Backyard, or WIMBY. Our mission is to mobilise all of society to create a safe space for MWs within their local neighbourhoods, with the wider goal of normalising relations between MWs and Singaporeans.
WIMBY has issued an open invitation for to individuals to post Welcome Notes on our website or on their own social media accounts with the hashtags
#welcomeinmybackyard and #WIMBY.
These are messages of encouragement for our MWs.
Our aim is to collect 1000 welcome notes that will be translated and distributed to our migrant worker friends
WIMBY will be conducting dialogue sessions. The aim of these virtual dialogue sessions is to connect local residents, advocates from well-established non-profits for MWs, and healthcare professionals. There will be multiple sessions, covering topics such as residents’ concerns and debunk common myths and misconceptions about MWs, while simultaneously raising awareness about local initiatives to support MWs in this period of crisis.
WIMBY aims to appoint ambassadors who live in relevant communities to help debunk racist stereotypes and reframe degrading narratives about our MWs, as well as provide valuable feedback on ground sentiment. These ambassadors will reach out to their families, friends and local networks about our initiatives. More information on #WIMBY ambassadors can be found here.