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From Resisting Definition to Resisting Exploitation: The Ongoing Struggle of Domestic Workers in Lebanon

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by Fish Ip published Mar 31, 2015 11:24 AM
The dehumanization, both at the legal and the personal level, of these racialized working-class women from the Global South is responsible for the perpetuation and invisibility of their suffering. The Lebanese public should call for an urgent reform of the inhumane "kafala" sponsorship system in which they work.

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By Arianne Shahvisi, Truthout | News Analysis

A quarter of a million migrant domestic workers serve the middle classes of Lebanon, whose population is just 4 million. They have no recourse to domestic labor laws and no right to remain in the country in the event of terminated employment. Instead, as in many other countries across the region, migrant workers enter Lebanon through a "kafala" system of sponsorship, in which the state leaves it to the host household to manage the visa and legal status of their sponsored domestic worker and grants a residence permit on the strict condition that the worker remains in the custody of the household throughout the term of her employment.

Despite the difficult the situation there, the first domestic workers union was formed to resist, Truthout reports. Read more from Truthout HERE

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Source: Arianne Shahvisi, Truthout |

Story Type: Update

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