Chen Yuying who is the member of the ANROEV network and a worker turned activist was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of disabled persons, migrants, and injured workers by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Occupational Health and Safety Section. She received the group’s International Health & Safety Activist’s award at APHA’s annual meeting that was held October 27-31 in San Francisco.
Yuying Chen transformed from a 15 year old girl who worked in a factory making toys for export, to a woman empowered by a workplace disaster, to an internationally recognized human rights leader. Yuying Chen collaborates with 20 grassroots organizations in 14 countries through the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV). The group’s focus includes hazards related to production of electronics, manufacturing of textiles, clothing and other exported goods, and mining, as well as seeking fair compensation for individuals suffering from work-related diseases including asbestosis, silicosis and cancers.