SEATTLE, Washington — Days after the Beirut explosion, protests began outside the city’s Kenyan consulate. Many of the protesters were Kenyan women migrant domestic workers stranded in Lebanon. In the past year, Lebanon’s economic crisis has intensified. COVID-19 and the massive explosion in Beirut further exacerbated the poor economic conditions. The rate of inflation has accelerated with the Lebanese pound losing 80% of its value since October. Prices of goods have skyrocketed. There have been electricity, food and medicine shortages. The kafala system, Lebanon’s system for migrant laborers, leaves migrant workers one of the more vulnerable groups in the country, without minimal legal protections.
While Lebanese officials seem keen on attending international human rights conferences, they appear to be less interested in implementing positive change to better the lives of the citizens under their rule.
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 (United Nations, SGBV TF, NCLW) – Today begins the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) (25 November-10 December). On this occasion, the United Nations System in Lebanon, the Sexual and Gender-based Violence Taskforce (SGBV TF) and the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) are joining forces, to end and prevent gender-based violence in the country.
A case has been filed on behalf a domestic migrant worker against its sponsor and recruiter who arranged her work and immigration to Lebanon.
Stories about Ghanaian and other African migrants being maltreated and in some cases, being abused to death in the Gulf countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates is not a new development to the news media. Reports on such cases come out regularly—some under bizarre circumstances.
A children’s song played on the Jordanian children’s channel Karameesh, in which children sing about their housemaid and complain about her, has sparked widespread condemnation online.
The most recent blow to migrant workers in Lebanon came from the State Shura Council, which rejected a new unified labor contract meant to offer them their basic rights. Dr. Lea Bou Khater, development studies expert, addresses its limitations, how the government hides behind Kafala, and why the contract was rejected. | Video: Karem Monzer […]
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