A campaign for domestic helpers’ rights, by maids
Apart from Sue’s story, others shared various experiences of being physically abused, underpaid, harassed and put under constant surveillance. One common issue highlighted in the documentaries is the long waiting period for investigations to conclude. Sue said some have to wait up to two years and cannot find work to support themselves during this time. “They feel trapped. Many fall into depression,” she added.
The CARE researchers, who have conducted more than 48 interviews with foreign domestic workers over the past two years, observed a lack of support for foreign domestic workers during this interim period.
“More should be done to provide medical care, employment and legal aid, and these should not fall on the shoulders of non-governmental organisations,” said the researchers, who have published their findings in a white paper.
While the campaign is targeted primarily at employers and authorities, Sue also hopes to reach out to fellow domestic workers through social media and mobile ads. “I want to share our stories to foreign domestic workers, because I want to (be an) alarm for (those who are abused). They must know where to find help,” she said.
Find out more about the campaign and the White Paper at http://www.respectfdwrights.com/.