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Claiming rights under the kafala system

Thursday, 17 August, 2017

From openDemocracy:

Over the past 10 years, international organizations and NGOs in the Middle East have launched advocacy campaigns, submitted legislative proposals, and offered a variety of legal and socio-medical services to migrant domestic workers. These initiatives were rarely guided by the priorities of domestic workers, in part because very few spaces exist for domestic workers in the Middle East to articulate their concerns. The result has been a plethora of well-intentioned but incongruent programs and services for domestic workers. This is progressively changing. Inspired by images on Facebook and Instagram of domestic workers taking to the streets across the world, domestic workers across the Middle East are consolidating in nationality-based or sectoral organizations to make their demands heard.