Join Impact Lebanon, Lebanese Diaspora for Action and Meghterbin Mejtemiin for our webinar Kafala: The Road to Abolition. In this webinar we will discuss the Kafala system and why the current proposed reforms are insufficient, and then proceed to outline a roadmap to abolishing the system. We will touch on the government’s failure to act and the systematic racism & corruption in the current system, as well as what we can do - inside and outside of Lebanon - to make this cause meaningfully part of our future demands and action, paving the way for true change.
Thewanthdean means « United sisters » or « One sisterhood » in Sierra Leone. That is how this group of domestic workers from Sierra Leone, stranded in Lebanon, chose to name their band to highlight their spirit of resilience and sisterhood.
Layla (not her real name) is a New Zealander working remotely from the Bay of Plenty as an online advocate for some of the estimated 400,000 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
A Nigerian migrant worker who was arrested and accused of attempted murder after surviving domestic abuse in Lebanon has finally arrived home.
The three young women agreed they would escape by nightfall. They didn’t have any money or documents, but Jessica, 19, and her friends knew it was time to go. The brothel was not as crowded as usual: since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the client base had fallen. Together, they waited for night to settle and for the madam to retire to her room. Then, they sprinted for the highway that runs through Papara, a town in the far north of the Ivory Coast, close to the border with Mali.
Ghanaian woman 'Sarah', 26, is telling her story for the first time since fleeing the Kafala system in Lebanon, under which she suffered constant beatings and sexual harassment.
This is a conversation with Daryn Howland. She’s a Beirut-based researcher who recently finished her MA thesis entitled “racist capital: the racialization of migrant labor under the kafala system in Beirut”.
Ariwolo Olamide Temitope, 31, arrived in Abuja late on Saturday, July 11; after spending six weeks detained in Lebanon on charges of theft and attempted murder that were filed by her former employers.Temitope in late April escaped the home of Mahmoud Zahran and Feyzeh Diab after they accused her of stealing a phone and; according to Temitope, Zahran punched her in the face.
The Kafala system is supposed to support people in domestic or construction employment - but it is often exploited and misused.
Ironically, oligarchy-affiliated media platforms, including its educated and respectable figures, blame migrant workers for exporting US dollars out of the Lebanese market, while failing to note how the same workers augment the wealth of investors who exploit them.