Aljaazera. Hundreds of migrant domestic workers marched in the Lebanese capital Beirut this week to mark International Workers' Day and to denounce their own working conditions. The demonstrators called for the implementation of ILO Convention 189, which stipulates that domestic workers have the right to at least one day off per week and a minimum wage.
Of the 200,000 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, most work as live-in maids, and they primarily hail from the Philippines, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. They cannot enter or leave the country for any reason without obtaining explicit written permission from their employer, making them vulnerable to exploitation.
Some of the most blatant violations of the rights of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon include excessive working hours, withholding of salaries, beatings and sexual abuse, and withholding of passports to prevent them from leaving. However, the workers are not protected by Lebanese labour laws. Last year, in an effort to improve their situation, migrant domestic workers in Lebanon moved to form their own labour union. Demonstrators called for basic rights, including a minimum wage and at least one day off per week.
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Press Release from Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) on the Gambela massacre
CREW believes that every person has the right to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights laws and standards. We believe in the sacredness of human lives and condemn its violations for any reasons.
Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women thus condemns the massacre of more than 200 unarmed citizens and the abduction of more than 100 children in the Gambela region of Western Ethiopia. The attack happened on April 15, 2016 when raiders from Murle tribe crossed the border from South Sudan into Western Ethiopian in Gambela Region and indiscriminately killed civilians including women and children mainly from the Nuer tribe and raided nearly 2000 cattle. Read more
Women, Youth & Leadership in the African American Community, presentation at CREW’s 5th Annual International Women’s Conference, Women and Leadership in Ethiopia in honor of Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw, March 20 2016
By Elizabeth Lakew
I understand that this event is mainly centered around Dr. Maigenet Shifferaw but more specifically in the legacy that she has left. Dr. Shifferaw was a magnificent woman and in preparation for this presentation today, I read and watched as many videos about her as I could--and I sure don’t need to tell the people in this room that she most certainly had a fire about her. I mean very seldom do you find people that not only use their voices to speak out--but alongside to speaking up on behalf of women she was also a woman of action. She founded an entire organization dedicated to her life’s passion and it is my pleasure to be asked to speak her today, on behalf of the younger generation of women’s rights advocates and social activists. Read more
The Necessity of Women’s Leadership in Ethiopia. Paper presented at CREW’s 5th Annual International Women’s Conference, Women and Leadership in Ethiopia, March 20 2016
By Assegid Habtewold. Last year, almost this time around, I was looking for an interviewee to talk about why Ethiopian women aren’t at the front and leading. Everywhere I asked that question, Dr. Miagenet’s name came up again and again. After a few phone and email conversations, we set a date to conduct the interview. Coming back to the interview, for my first question: Who is (are) responsible why women are not at the front and leading, she pointed out that the culprits are our culture first, and then some men, and women themselves too. Read more