Friday, January 31, 2014

التحرّش بالنازحات بيئة «حــاضنة» ... بشدّة!


لا يتوقف إزعاج السيدات السوريات على حلقة المساعدين ومؤجري البيوت، بل يتعداه الى مجموع الأهالي في بلدة ما يسكنون فيها. هكذا، تتلقى النازحات السوريات، اللواتي يجبرن على إعطاء أرقام هواتفهن لموزع المساعدة لكي يتصل بهن من أجل تسلّمها حين تصل، يتلقين وابلاً من الرسائل النصية القصيرة الفاجرة أو التي تتحرش مجرد تحرش وتتوخى موعداً غرامياً أو لمجرد «السئالة» على هواتفهن. خصت السيدات اللواتي التقيناهن بلدة مشحا بالشكوى. لا بل أخبرننا عن محاولة اغتصاب تعرضت لها سيدة سورية كانت حاملاً، وتعرضت بعد ذلك للإجهاض لأنها اضطرت إلى المقاومة والركض بحالها تلك.
كما أنه في تلك البلدة حصلت حادثة مطاردة أحد الدركيين لفتاة سورية مخطوبة، ما أجبرها على الرحيل الى بلادها. كما تعرض الكثير من السوريين الرجال في هذه البلدة للضرب على أيدي
الشبان.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Arab migrant network aims to educate about labor rights

The Arab Regional Network for Migrant Rights, consisting of six countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates – Sunday and Monday held a conference hosted by the Lebanese NGO Insan Association, which focuses on the rights of marginalized individuals in Lebanon, to educate their respective governments about the importance of implementing international labor law and raise awareness about their group.

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Full piece on The Daily Star

Saturday, January 25, 2014

10 Facts About Human Trafficking Everyone Should Know


Here are 10 facts about human trafficking that everyone should know: 
1. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today. That’s the highest recorded number of slaves in history!
2. The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
3. Human trafficking has been identified as the largest human rights violation in the history of mankind.
4. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, after drug smuggling and arms dealing.
5. The United States is one of the top three destination points for trafficked victims. California, New York, Texas and Nevada are the top destination states within the country.
6. According to estimates, approximately 80 percent of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19 percent involves labor exploitation.
7. The average age of a young woman being trafficked is 12–14 years old.
8. Immigration agents estimate that 10,000 women are being held in Los Angeles’ underground brothels; this does not include the thousands of victims in domestic work, sweatshops or other informal industries.
9. An estimated 13 million children are enslaved around the world today, accounting for nearly half of trafficking victims in the world.
10. Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
Full piece here

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Re-sharing- ASRAAB's 1st Newsletter

ARM's contribution to the first edition

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DAY TRIPS FOR MIGRANT WORKERS BY THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY CENTER (MCC)- 'I never knew there was so much snow in Lebanon!'

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ASRAAB is a participatory newsletter and one of PROWD project’s activities created to enhance coordination among stakeholders active in promoting and protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FB Pages

Are you getting constant updates from our Facebook pages?
Good:)

MCC
ARM

Sunday, January 19, 2014

LBCI News-العاملات الاجنبيات ...ظلم واستغلال ...صبر ومواجهة

"ابناء بلادنا يأتون الى لبنان للعمل لا للانتحار" . جملة تختصر الهدف المرجو من المؤتمر الذي عقدته منظمة كفى بالتعاون مع الجمعية الدولية لمكافحة الرقّ لتعزيز حماية عاملات المنازل المهاجرات منذ لحظة مغادرتهنّ بلادهن الى ان يصلّن الى لبنان...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Female foreign workers face appalling situation in Lebanon

“My madam never hit me, but her husband was sexually harassing me. He used to ask me to massage his body. He used to touch my breasts and hold me close and rub himself against my body. ... He threatened to kill me if I told my madam. ... He was a large, bald man.” This is the testimony of Nita, a Nepalese woman working in Lebanon.Rotna, a female worker from Bangladesh, only left her employer's house because she was no longer able to eat from the garbage bin. “They used to beat me up a lot, but if they had given me food I would have never left them, despite all the battering,” she said.

These two testimonies are part of what was documented in a study conducted by Kafa, an organization working to eliminate gender-based violence and exploitation in Lebanon, in cooperation with The Legal Agenda. The study documented violations committed against female domestic workers in Lebanon in the context of matching indicators of human trafficking and forced labor in the overall process of recruitment of female domestic workers from their country of origin to the host country.

On Jan. 14, 2014, Kafa held the Protection of Migrant Female Domestic Workers in Lebanon conference. It showed a clear inconsistency between the situation of female domestic workers and the ambitions of civil society to improve that situation on the one hand, and the policy of the Ministry of Labor and official regulations on the other.

While the results of the study conducted confirmed that the indicators of human trafficking and forced labor match the process of recruitment of female domestic workers and their working conditions in Lebanon, Minister of Labor Salim Jreissati painted a rosy picture of what has been achieved so far and what is underway in this regard.

The contradiction was not only in the depiction of reality but also in the perception each party has of the solution to the problem. The civil society organizations hoped Lebanese labor law would cover migrant female workers; the minister of labor indicated that this would not happen, as the relevant draft law is currently in a holding pattern at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers. While civil society hopes to revive the role of the National Employment Office and make it completely in charge of the whole process of recruiting female workers, Jreissati described the office as decayed and indicated that it would be unable to perform this role. Owners of recruitment offices therefore keep their power in this respect.

The minister of labor revealed an agreement with the director-general of public security, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, for granting female domestic workers the opportunity to change employers after fulfilling their employment contract. However, questions were raised about the mechanisms to be followed for informing these workers of this right while their freedom was restricted, and they were prevented from communicating with the outside world.

The conference fell within the framework of cooperation between Kafa, Anti-Slavery International and the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT). It is part of a wider project on the migration route of female domestic workers from Nepal and their recruitment, specifically to Lebanon. Kafa’s director, Zoya Rouhana, explained the importance of the project, which “aims at empowering female domestic workers recruited from Nepal by training them and supporting them to have a trade union association.” Rouhana asserted that demands to change policies and laws in Lebanon would continue.

The study by Kafa and the Legal Agenda, titled “The Process of Recruitment of Migrant Workers from Nepal and Bangladesh to Lebanon,” and whose preliminary results were revealed yesterday [Jan. 14], documented the whole process, specifically in terms of the indicators of human trafficking and forced labor that match the workers' migration and their working conditions in Lebanon.

The study showed that the vulnerable situation of female workers in Nepal and Bangladesh was exploited by agents and recruiters in the workers' countries of origin. These workers hear many false promises and pay about $1,000 on average for obtaining a job opportunity, which Lebanese employers are unaware of. Agents and recruitment agencies also deceive female workers concerning the nature and conditions of their employment. The women are promised limited working hours, a weekly day off, a monthly salary between $150 and $300, healthcare, a private room, good treatment and the ability to change their employer if they encounter problems. It is worth mentioning that only 60% of female workers signed an employment contract in their country of origin, and that 60% of those with a contract did not understand it or its provisions. In Lebanon, working conditions show that the majority of female domestic workers are locked [in houses] with their identity papers confiscated, that they are treated in a humiliating manner undermining their human dignity and rights and that they are not even recognized as human beings having rights and needs.

Figures show that 82% of the female workers found themselves coerced into forced labor, while 62% of them worked between 16 and 20 hours per day and were unable to take a break. The percentage of those who worked for more than 17 hours per day was as high as 53%. Salaries of 54% of these female workers were confiscated for a month or more. A whopping 90% of them were prevented from going out alone, 91% were denied any weekly day off and more than 50% were locked inside the house they work in. Also, 62% of these workers either slept in the kitchen (19%), the living room (22%) or on the balcony of the house (7%), while 11% shared a room with others (children or elderly). Some of them even reported that they slept near the laundry room, the bathroom or the pantry. With 32% of them not getting enough food, one worker reported that she used to eat dog food because her employers did not provide her with sufficient alimentation. The study documented that 10% of female workers were subject to sexual violence through touching and even rape. One female worker said that her employer beat her to force her to have sex with him, another reported that her female employer tried to shove a stick in her vagina and a third confirmed that she was forced to shower with her employer.

Discrimination in treatment between Bangladeshi and Nepalese female workers was clear. More than half (58%) of Bangladeshi workers stated that they had suffered physical violence from their employers, the employers' relatives or [members of] the recruitment office in Lebanon, as compared with 14% of Nepalese workers. Some female workers were even beaten if they didn’t wake up early, talked on the phone or complained of being sick.

Female workers were unable to change their situations and 82% of them confirmed that they felt forced into work and were unable to change their working conditions. Even when these female workers went to recruitment agencies for help, the rights of some of them were violated and they were subject to various types of violence. Some were even forced to return to their employer’s house. Lawyer Mohana Isaac indicated that the Kafala (sponsorship) system currently applied in Lebanon was not set forth in any legal text, indicating that there were a number of customs and habits in practice. She said that, based on documented studies, this relationship led to an imbalance between the two parties to the contract. It allowed for most of the violations against female workers and the practice of various types of violence, including sexual harassment and rape. According to her, implementation of the Kafala system also makes it hard for these female workers to have access to justice.

The conference included a presentation of the British experience and a presentation by the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, in addition to talks on reducing migrant female workers’ vulnerability.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Migrant Communities Crafts Market #4

We are happy to invite you to the 4th market, our first for this year, this time taking place at the migrant community center.

Join us on Sunday February 23rd to the new MCC in Gemmayze where you'll find a diverse range of beautiful handmade crafts, paintings, coffees, food and other great items on sale! Thirteen Asian and African communities will have stands full of goodies for you to choose from:)

4 to 8 PM.

Invite your friends and people who would be interested in getting to see this.

Email antiracismlb@gmail.com or mccbeirut@gmail.com for more info.

Or call 71 410678.


JOIN.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

ضرب وتحرّش وإحتجاز

"كانت المدام تضربني كتير، بس ما هربت من ورا الضرب، هربت لأن ما قدرت ضل عم آكل من الزبالة، لو كانت تطعميني ما كنت هربت". هذا ما روته الباحثة والصحافيّة، سعدى علوه، نقلاً عن عاملة بنغلادشية إسمها رودنا، في المؤتمر الذي عقدته اليوم منظمة "كفى عنف وإستغلال"، تحت عنوان "تعزيز حماية عاملات المنازل المهاجرات" من خلال مناقشة مسار الهجرة من بلدان المنشأ إلى لبنان.
عاملة ثانية تؤكّد أنها كانت تضطر إلى الأكل من الطعام المخصص للكلب كيلا تموت جوعاً. وبرغم فظاعة الحادثتين إلا أنهما لا تختصران معاناة فئة من عاملات المنازل. كما تروي عاملة ثالثة أنّ "المدام" لم تكن تضربها، ولكن كان لها نصيب من زوج "المدام" الذي كان يجبرها على تدليك جسده ثم يتحرش بها. "قام بذلك أربع مرات وهددني بالقتل إن بحت لأحد"، تقول. عاملة رابعة سرعان ما يتبين انها كانت ضحيّة ساديّة صاحبة عملها، التي كانت تدخل عصا في فرجها.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

On Harrasment


When you hold a mirror up to society, the picture can be pretty ugly.
Deepa Kunapuli

Watch this beautiful PSA, produced in India.






Monday, January 6, 2014

Sudanese Libumu

Join us for a delicious dinner of authentic Sudanese cuisine on Saturday 11th of January 8pm, at the Migrant Community Center in Gemayze, cooked by the talented Ikhlass Jomaa.
Open buffet for 12,000 LL for adults and 8,000 LL for children under 12!

Menu:
• Kissra (corn bread)
• Aseeda (wheat porridge)
• Gurassa (thick bread similar to Kissra)
• Geema (rice and meat)
• Green salad
• Fateera (sweet pie)

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

Fb event

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lebanese Man Dies

So when it happens with a Lebanese person, versus a migrant worker, (may his RIP), we do not automatically call it suicide?

Check link on LBC.



Saturday, January 4, 2014

NARI's 1st anniversary



From NARI's fb event:
Welcome to the celebration for women domestic workers!
We will be performing many activities, country's dance, competition, drama theater about domestic workers etc...

Please join us to celebrate NARI's 1st anniversary!

For more information please call:
Niru Subba:71383073
Sarada:70715823

Thank you,
NARI group Lebanon.

Friday, January 3, 2014

إعلانات فاشلة: «في أحلى من لبنان» وأخواتها

Doja Daoud, reposted.

تحاصر الإعلانات يوميّاتنا، وتأخذ حيزاً كبيراً من وقت البثّ على الشاشات. بعضها ملفت بشخصيّاته وألوانه أو برسالته ومضمونه.. بعضها الآخر مسلٍّ وجاذب، يتحوّل إلى لازمة على كلّ لسان. أمّا بعضها، فـ«كارثيّ»، إن جاز التعبير، سواء لتضمّنه رسائل عنصريّة أو عنفيّة، أو لافتقاره بكلّ بساطة إلى مقوّمات الجذب. 
في جردة على مواقع التواصل، سنجد أنّ بعض الإعلانات حصدت الكثير من النقد السلبي خلال العام 2013. وحفلت الشاشات اللبنانية بإعلانات تحوّلت إلى موضوع لسخرية على السوشل ميديا، سواء لمضمونها، أو لطريقة تصويرها. 
من بين أكثر الإعلانات التي حصدت ردود فعل سلبيّة على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي في لبنان خلال العام المنصرم، إعلان «في أحلى من لبنان» الذي حمل توقيع وزارة السياحة. الإعلان الذي قامت ببطولته المغنية يارا بجانب المغني عاصي الحلاني، كان مثالاً حياً على انفصال الوزارات عن الواقع، ومحاولة تجميله، من خلال فاصل إعلاني مشغول بطريقة احترافيّة عالية. وكذلك الأمر بالنسبة لحملة «صوفر وروق» الخاصة بالتوعية على مخاطر استخدام الهاتف المحمول خلال القيادة، إذ تضمّن إعلانها المصوّر لقطات راقصة في سيارة مكشوفة، لا تضع سائقتها حزام الأمان، بشكل يتناقض مع أصول القيادة الآمنة.

Read full piece.