Commit. Support. Advocate.
We can all do something to stop the devastating impact of kafala on the lives of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Lebanon. And we can all work towards one day abolishing this oppressive system completely. Here's a list to get you started. Act now.
Commit to uphold the human rights of migrant domestic workers
If you are a kafeel or can influence kafeels, do this:
- Limit domestic workers' working hours and respect a minimum 1 day off per week and annual leave as per the Lebanese Labor Law
- Respect their right to use time off however they wish
- Pay wages on time and in USD or equivalent in LBP at market rate
- Renew the workers' medical insurance
- Cover the cost of a worker's repatriation if they wish to leave
Support migrant workers in their daily struggle
Do what you can - every initiative goes a long way.
- Follow these community groups on social media. Amplify their work: The Alliance of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon, እኛለኛ በስደት Egna Legna Besidet, Mesewat, Cameroonian Community in Lebanon, Sri Lankan Women Activity Projects
- Join the people’s coalition to end kafala. Sign up now to stay up-to-date of support needed, including relief work and stopping evictions.
- Donate online to the Migrant Community Centers and the Anti-Racism Movement
- Donate cash by sending a WhatsApp message to 81 859 023 specifying your full name and amount you'd like to donate and we will get back to you
Advocate to abolish kafala in Lebanon
Kafala is a system that manifests in several laws and policies and procedures. We want it abolished and, urgently today, ask you to:
- Pressure the Ministry of Labor to push for the prosecution of employers who abandon domestic workers. Call them at 01 556 803, tag them on @laborministrylb, and organize protests at the Ministry in Al Borj Building, Chiyah Highway, Al Mousharrafieh.
- Pressure the General Security to waive penalty fees for migrant workers who overstayed their residency. Call them at 01 429 061 and 01 425 610 , tag them on @DGSG_Security
- Pressure consulates and embassies to evacuate workers and cover the cost of their evacuation.
|Bangladesh||01735856; 05956087; 05956039||Al Riyadh Building 3, 4th Floor
Safara Al Kuwaiti Street, Bir Hassan
|Burkina Faso||01 373 375||Burkina Faso Consulate in Beirut, Lebanon
Avenue des Francais BP. 3938 Beirut Lebanon
|Cameroon||04 540 300; 04 540 200||Metn, Dbayeh, Gemma Center, 9th floor|
|Cote d'Ivoire||01 850 484||Jnah, Rue Zahiya Salman, Imm Twin Tower, Block A, 1er Etage, Rond-point Ordre des Ingenieurs et architectes, facing BLOM|
|Eriteria||01 797 333||7th Floor, Unesco Center, Verdun|
|Ethiopia||05 953 656||Hazmieh, 67 rue 11 ML12103, Said Freiha Street, Old Bank Audi Building|
|Ghana||01 393 946||Labban bldg, 4th floor, Sami Solh Avenue, Badaro|
|India||01 735 856; 01 735 847||239, Ibrahim Abed El Aal Street, Hamra, Ras Beirut|
|Kenya||01 383 006||Charles Malek Av., (Near Sagesse Ashrafieh), Roadster Bldg., 3rd Floor, Achrafieh|
|Madagascar||09 444 333||Keserwan, Okaybe, New Santa Theresa Beach|
|Nepal||01 875 592||Jdeideh Mirna Shalouhi Street, Afqo Building|
|Nigeria||01 857 612; 01 857 614||Al Abir Bldg., 1st Floor, Adnan Hakeem Street, Bir Hassan|
|Philippines||05 953 522; 05 953 520||Mar Geries St., Al Mahatta Road, Hadath, Baabda|
|Senegal||01 865 067; 01 810 232||Ghazi Hallab bldg, Block C, Raouche near Grand Café|
|Sierra Leone||03 908 968||George Haddad Street No.1504, 4th floor
|Sri Lanka||05 956 032; 05 956031; 05 956 038; 05 956 041||No. 929, Mar Roukoz Street, Hazmieh|
|Sudan||01 353 270; 01 350 057||Near Bristol Hotel, Madame Curie Street, Minkara Building|
|Somalia||01 644 700; 01 644 701||Salim Salam Highway, Al Koubra Building, 1st floor|