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Par Sofia Trevino Dernière modification 17/09/2021 06:10
Nour, travailleuse domestique en Jordanie, raconte son histoire – Calendrier FITD

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Safety comes in numbers:
Nour, a domestic worker in Jordan, tells her story


Nour [1] came to the Middle East from Ethiopia 20 years ago. She first lived in Iraq with her husband, from whom she later separated. This separation coincided with the war in Iraq which caused her to leave the country for Jordan. Soon after arriving in Jordan, Nour understood that she had to work to survive and therefore started as a domestic worker.

During her years in Jordan, although she did not experience it herself, she witnessed abuse and humiliation from domestic workers of various nationalities. She saw fellow domestic workers being abused, being asked to sleep on the balcony in the cold winter, and being physically abused.

Nour spent some time without a valid residence permit and although she knew it would put her in danger, she could not ignore the violence she was witnessing. She therefore contacted employers claiming to work for the Ethiopian embassy in order to convince them to improve the situation of domestic workers who work for them. Sometimes she threatened to denounce employers at the embassy if they didn't treat domestic workers better. Nour also helped domestic workers by giving them money and helping them find a better place to stay.

After a while, Nour succeeded in obtaining a valid residence permit. However, even after gaining legal status in Jordan, she had to stop taking risks as she saw workers being kicked out for defending human rights. Jordanian police accused these activists of insulting the government and these allegations were enough to get them expelled. For a while she had to choose, for her own safety, not to fight for other domestic workers. Nour later found other domestic workers who shared the same values and goals. Excited, she joined the Domestic Workers Solidarity Network in Jordan (DWSN). Thanks to this network, she was able to continue defending domestic workers and

Although the main idea for the scheme is Nour's, she worked with other members of the network to develop and realize it. Nour encouraged Sayed, a colleague in the network, to design this image and develop the idea with her. He wanted this image to highlight the importance of the rights of domestic workers. The design submitted to FITD is made up of different colors and shapes that represent various nationalities: “If we unite, we can achieve the impossible,” Nour said. The candle represents domestic workers who make many sacrifices for their families rather than living and working for themselves.

“Domestic workers do not work for themselves, they enter this sector of work to support their families,” Nour explained. “I often wonder why we do this. ". “Why don't we think of ourselves? »She continues. Nour's dedication to her family created her life path, as it did for many other domestic workers. Alone they cannot fight life's hardships, but united they have created safer environments and a better future for themselves and their families.



[1] The domestic worker wants to remain anonymous. For the purposes of this story, she chose the name "Nour".


 


Le calendrier du mouvement des travailleurs.ses domestiques 2022 de la FITD

 

 


 



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