Thursday, April 17, 2014

Liberian Dinner

Join us for a delicious dinner of authentic Liberian cuisine on Friday 25th of April 8pm, at the Migrant Community Center in Gemayze, cooked by the talented Nada!
Open buffet for 20,000 LL including one beer!


• Tuna with avocado and cabbage
• Cassava balls, filled with fish and onions, served with tomato sauce
• Cassava, sautéed with mushrooms, onions and carrots, served with rice and peanut sauce
• Banana cake - Dessert
• Lemonade with ginger and mint

Proceeds (and compliments) go to the cooks! Fabulous Liberian music will accompany the dinner!
For reservation please call 70-896666 (or whatsapp!)


Friday, April 25
at 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Event on fb.
Address: Shaftari bldg, 2nd floor, Boutros Dagher Street, Gemmayze (near La Tabkha), Beirut

Workers' Day Events!!!

Join us again this year for the 4th Annual Workers’ Day Celebration & Demand better legal protection for Migrant Domestic Workers! *Event*

For the 4th consecutive year, we will be holding a series of events to mark Workers' Day, along with hundreds of Migrant Domestic Workers. It will be a three-day event, on May 2-3-4.
Please help us spread the word among Migrant Domestic Workers you know!

More details below:

*Friday, May 2*
11:00am – 1:00pm, Monot Theater, Ashrafieh
Book launching
“If not for the System…Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon Tell their Stories” by KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation. The event will include story telling by domestic workers, followed by Q&A session in the presence of the President of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) Ms. Myrtle Witbooi

*Saturday, May 3*
4:00pm – 8:00pm, Parking facing Estral Center, Hamra:
Cultural Festival: The Other Face of Migration
• Photo Exhibition (Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center)
• Crafts & Food Market (Migrant Community Center)
• Sudanese & Ethiopian Concert (Insan Association)
• Ethiopian Coffee Corner (Amel International)
• Interactive Advocacy Corner led by IDWF

*Sunday, May 4*
Workers’ Day Parade & Celebration!
Led by Migrant Domestic Workers.
Departure from Dora Roundabout at 12:00pm (gathering at 11:30am), with a final celebration in Mar Mikhael Train Station starting 1:30pm

There will be FREE bus pick-up and drop off for Migrant Domestic Workers on SUNDAY, to bring people to Dora for the parade and drop them back off after the celebration.
Bus pickup times & places:
- Baabdat (Central Square): 10:00am,
- Bhannes (near Bhannes Hospital): 10:30am
- Broumana (Printania Hotel): 11:00am
- Hamra Street (near Saint Francis Church): 11:00am
- Bikfaya (Central Square): 10:30am
- Antelias (Central Square): 11:00am
- Jal El Dib (White House Hotel) 11:10am

عيد العمّال 2014
مسيرة ومهرجان

شاركوا/ن معنا هذه السنة أيضاً في أنشطة الاحتفال للسنة الرابعة بعيد العمّال للمطالبة بالحماية القانونية لعاملات المنازل المهاجرات في لبنان.

الجمعة 2 أيار
الزمان: 11:00 ق.ظ. - 1:00 ب.ظ
المكان: مسرح مونو- الأشرفية
إطلاق كتيّب: "لولا النظام... عاملات المنازل المهاجرات في لبنان يخبرن قصصهنّ"، من تنظيم منظّمة "كفى عنف واستغلال"،
يتخلل إطلاق الكتيّب قراءة لبعض القصص التي كتبتها العاملات ونقاش بحضور رئيسة الإتحاد الدولي لعاملات المنازل، ميرتيل ويتبوي.

السبت 3 أيار
الزمان: 4:00 ب.ظ - 8:00 مساءً
المكان: الموقف المقابل لسنتر إسترال، الحمرا
مهرجان ثقافي: "الوجه الآخر لعاملات المنازل المهاجرات"
• (معرض صور (من تنظيم مركز الأجانب في كاريتاس لبنان
• (سوق الأطعمة التقليدية والأشغال اليدوية (من تنظيم مركز الجاليات الأجنبية
• (حفل لفرقة موسيقية من السودان وإثيوبيا (من تنظيم جمعية إنسان
• (زاوية القهوة الأثيوبية (من تنظيم مؤسّسة عامل الدولية
• زاوية المناصرة وعمل المجموعات بقيادة رئيسة الإتحاد الدولي لعاملات المنازل

الأحد 4 آيار
مسيرة واحتفال بعيد العمّال!
بقيادة عاملات المنازل المهاجرات

المكان والزمان:
من مستديرة الدورة عند الساعة 12:00 ظهراً (التجمع الساعة 11:30) وصولاً الى مكان الاحتفال في محطة القطار في مار مخايل، الأشرفية ابتداءً من الساعة 1:30 ب.ظ.

نهار الأحد النقليات مؤمّنة مجاناً من محطات الباص للوصول الى نقطة الانطلاق في الدورة:
(10:00/بعبدات (الساحة
(بحنّس (قرب مستشفى بحنس/10:30
(برمانا (أوتيل برنتانيا/11:00
(الحمرا (قرب كنيسة مار فرانسيس/11:00
(منطقة بكفيّا (الساحة/10:30
(أنطلياس (الساحة/11:00
(جل الديب (أوتيل وايت هاوس/11:10

#No to #Racism

Launching of the No Campaign for Syria.
Tonight at Nasawiya Cafe. 8:30 pm
Come with your message.

Event page.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Domestic Workers in Lebanon Speak Out

The Wall Street Journal- MiddleEast
Sujana Rana, a Nepalese domestic worker, shares her experience at a community center in Beirut. Alicja Rogalska

In any other context, this set of people would not be mingling in Beirut: artists, academics, and domestic workers. On a recent evening, all gathered at a community center to share research and experiences on an issue–domestic workers’ rights–not otherwise addressed much in Lebanese circles.

“I want to try and help our sisters who don’t sleep, don’t eat, and are afraid,” said Sujana Rana, a member of a Nepalese domestic workers group. “We leave our homes, our families to come to Lebanon,” she said with a quivering voice, “and work so hard to earn a living.”

Ms. Rana is one of about 200,000 migrant workers in Lebanon. Hired household help is common across the Middle East. In places like Lebanon, it’s inexpensive, so large communities of domestic workers from Ethiopia, Nepal, the Philippines and other countries come to meet the demand. They are part of the fabric of life here–but no legislation protects their rights.

Migrant domestic workers are excluded from the Lebanese labor law, according to a 2013 report by Human Rights Watch. Their terms of employment are defined in a specific relationship with their employer, a system called “kafala” that is rife with profit-reaping and exploitation. Agencies lure workers from their home countries with promises of large salaries and a better life–a far cry from the working conditions they usually face.

Ethiopia and the Philippines even banned their citizens from working in Lebanon. The Philippines overturned the ban in 2012 after signing an agreement with Lebanon to regulate recruitment and employment. Ethiopians still find ways to come here, despite their country’s regulations.

Their plight grabbed headlines in 2012 when an Ethiopian domestic worker committed suicide at a psychiatric hospital. After that incident brought public outcry, workers began to speak out across the country about abuse by their employers.

The Migrant Community Center in Beirut was set up three years ago as a place where migrant workers and others in the community can learn about the workers’ rights and how to protect them. “People come here for help,” said Rana Boukarim, a program manager.

Alicja Rogalska, an artist based in London and Warsaw, organized the recent gathering at the center as part of a series of events that bring together artists and academics on various social issues.

Ms. Rana, the Nepalese worker whose group is supported by a local NGO, said she visited the center to learn how to help others in her community “who are suffering and who are scared to speak up.”

“We want to help migrant workers,” she told a room of Lebanese researchers, expats, and other migrant workers. “We are all human beings.”

Malagasy Dinner


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

مش بس قصة عنصرية...

مجدداً، تكررت التصريحات السياسية الرافضة لتزايد ظاهرة اللاجئين السوريين. أفرغ بعض اللبنانيين عنصريتهم تجاه هؤلاء. لا تنتهي الأحكام المسبقة هنا. من أين أتيتم بكل هذه العنصرية؟ رأى الكثيرون ان العنصرية تجاه السوريين بلغت حداً لايمكن تحمله. لذلك، اطلق عدد من الناشطين "الحملة الداعمة للسوريين بوجه العنصريّة" على "فايسبوك". - 

On Maharat News.

It's on Again! :)

Say NO to Modern-Day Slavery

"I expose slavery in this country because to expose it is to kill it."
Fredrick Douglas

Say NO to Modern-Day Slavery!
New petition by university students.

Link here.