Womens rights not partial – foreign domestic workers hold demo in Lebanon

This year in Lebanon, several rights organizations and NGOs celebrated International Woman’s Day by holding a sit-in West Beirut. It was all part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the abuse of foreign domestic workers in the country.

SASEEN KAWSALLY – Menassat and Arab Images Foundation – posted 13 March, 2009

Demonstrators advocating for the rights of female domestic workers in Lebanon. © Saseen Kawzally

Demonstrators advocating for the rights of female domestic workers in Lebanon. © Saseen Kawzally

BEIRUT, March 12, 2009 (MENASSAT) — On Sunday (March 8) in front of Al-Madina (City) theater on the main street of Hamra in west Beirut, life-size figures stood painted in red, each bearing the name of a dead foreign domestic worker, along with her date of birth, date of arrival in Lebanon, and date of death.

More than half of the 95 cases of domestic workers’ deaths in Lebanon are considered “suicide,” and according to a 2008 Human Rights Watch report at least one domestic worker dies in Lebanon every week. . .

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