Foreign domestic workers in Lebanon: “We are not your kitchen table!”

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“I am not your kitchen table; I am a human being just like you. My color does not represent me, my personality does.”

 

This was one of the comments written by a foreign domestic worker in Lebanon on the Facebook page for the “Fi Chi Ghalat” (Something’s Not Right) campaign for domestic workers’ rights.

 

A group of organizations espousing the slogan "stop the sponsorship system” has been preparing three days of activities as part of the campaign to support immigrant house workers’ rights.

 

This campaign, according to one of the organizers, aims to “highlight the realities of the over 250,000 immigrant workers in Lebanon.”

 

The “Something’s Not Right” campaign—which launched in 2013—was founded by the Anti-Racism Movement, KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation, Human Organization, and Caritas NGOs with the support of the Danish Refugee Council and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 

One of the festival’s organizers explained that “the term ‘something’s not right’ condemns the sponsorship system that allows the exploitation of immigrant house workers in Lebanon.”

 

“The labor law does not cover immigrant house workers, therefore, they do not benefit from their given right like other workers, like maximum working hours, or a minimum wage.”

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