UPDATES TO KAFALA

The definitive place to get the latest updates on Kafala.

Arab News Writes about Kafala and This Is Lebanon

May 15, 2012 | English

Deputy Labor Minister for workers affairs Ahmad Al-Humaidan said that the ministry had started taking practical steps aimed at scrapping the individual sponsorship (kafala) system.

Aljazeera Writes About This Is Lebanon

April 8, 2012 | English

A revolution is needed to push the Lebanese government’s hand to make the requisite reforms to its labour laws.

human rights watch writes about kafala

March 23, 2012 | French

(Beyrouth, le 23 mars 2012) – Les autorités libanaises devraient agir sans tarder pour réformer des règles restrictives en matière d’octroi de visas et adopter une loi sur le travail domestique afin de faire cesser les sévices fréquemment infligés aux travailleuses domestiques migrantes au Liban, qui entraînent parfois leur mort, a affirmé aujourd’hui un groupe de huit organisations représentant la société civile. Le gouvernement devrait également révéler au public le résultat de l’enquête sur les violences subies récemment par Alem Dechasa-Desisa, une domestique éthiopienne qui s’est ensuite suicidée.

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

February 23, 2012 | English

Rahel Zegeye, an Ethiopian migrant worker, MWTF member, language student, and filmmaker, is proud to be presenting her first feature film with the support of MWTF and AltCity.

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

January 30, 2012 | English

Lila Aacharya left Nepal hoping to make a better life for her two young daughters. Two months later her body was flown home. Lila’s case exposes the toll of human trafficking – from her attempt to escape the poverty of her village in the Himalayan foothills to her exploitation and death as a domestic worker in an upmarket apartment in Beirut

The Daily Star writes about Kafala

January 26, 2012 | English

A bar in the neighborhood of Gemmayzeh has canceled an event, originally scheduled for this Friday, which invited guests to dress up as migrant domestic workers for the chance to win $100.

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

January 26, 2012 | English

“This Friday Night, Be Sinkara or Milenga.. Be Soumatra or Domma.. Create your own Maid Costume, Speak Like them and look like a Philippino, Bengladish, Sri Lanka or any maid you want and definitely win 100$ in cash. They do work all the month to get it.. Imitate them and win it in some few comedy moments.”

Kafa writes about kafala

January 4, 2012 | English

In recent years, the “sponsorship system” (kafala) in Lebanon and in other countries in the region has been identified as a core problem leading to the exploitation and abuse of migrant domestic workers. Previous studies published by KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation have argued that “sponsorship” is one root cause for migrant domestic workers’ vulnerability to forced labor, physical and sexual abuse, as well as trafficking.

The national news writes about kafala

December 6, 2011 | English

This summer Arab countries, and especially Gulf States, took a step towards labour equality when they supported an International Labour Organisation convention calling for the protection of migrant workers. Gulf contributions to the dialogue were welcome and overdue.

Aljazeera Writes About This Is Lebanon

December 2, 2011 | English

Migrant workers in Lebanon are forced to cope with constrained conditions and little judicial support from the state.

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