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This blog is dedicated to women from Sri lanka and Ethiopia working as domestic workers in Beirut, Lebano
n. These women take upon themselves great voyages to foreign countries in the hope of a better future. Their courage and endurance is outstanding.

As time passes, the issues covered in this blog have expanded to cover other kinds of specific women's work like sex work, historical ways of describing the plight of women: white slavery, human traffic or modern slavery as well identitarian politics and gender...

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Found in Infokiosques, an informative booklet on the IOM. And even if is dated back to 2003, it is very difficult to find critical information on this management machine.

The International Organisation for Migration has been "managing" migration since the 2nd World War on behalf of its member states. On its website there is no referal to the right of movement of people, who are seen as goods to be managed by the state, and able to flow back and forth suiting the necessities of the market.

The IOM have been very eager to campaign against human trafficking, which is a powerful source of women's migration. Defining human traffic as all ilegal migration of people, they help goverments control migration.

In Ethiopia we visited the IOM offices who have established a special unit dedicated to the issue, they have been a key player in establishing a system to register all women going abroad, fighting illegal brokers and legalizing the trade through "legal agencies".

Os opposed to legalizing and managing paid slavery,  from here a call for freedom of movement and labour rights.

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