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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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Top articles

  • Robustesse et perfection technique

    13 février 2007 ( #domestic work )

    Productive work produces profit in the capitalist system. But because workers need to eat, sleep and reproduce themselves to ensure that also tomorrow they will be able to contribute productively to society they need someone to take care of these domestic...

  • Las empleadas de hogar contarán con contrato de trabajo escrito e indefinido

    16 octobre 2007 ( #domestic work )

    LUCÍA ABELLÁN - Madrid - 16/10/2007 Las empleadas de hogar deberán firmar un contrato con sus empleadores y tendrán derecho a que sea fijo. El Gobierno prepara una norma, con intención de que entre en vigor en 2008, para ampliar los derechos de este colectivo,...

  • Migrant Workers in Lebanon

    06 janvier 2007 ( #lebanon )

    Migrant Workers in by Michael Young 2000 The objective of this study is to examine the conditions of migrant workers in , their roles, problems, networks, and future. It is inevitable that such a study will, in many respects, say as much about Lebanese...

  • L'échec de la protection de l'état

    06 janvier 2007 ( #lebanon )

    Jureidini Ray (2003). "L’échec de la protection de l’État : les domestiques étrangers au Liban". Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales , Volume 19 , Numéro 3 , p. 95-127. Accessible en ligne à l'URL : http://remi.revues.org/document485.html...

  • Model Employees”: Sri Lankan Domestics in Lebanon

    06 janvier 2007 ( #lebanon )

    Merip Monica Smith (Monica Smith is completing her M.A. in geography at the University of Colorado in Boulder . Her thesis is on domestic labor migration, with a focus on Southeast Asia and the Middle East .) Twenty-two year old Leela made a promise to...

  • Bonne à Vendre

    08 janvier 2007 ( #lebanon )

    MAID FOR SALE BONNE À VENDRE Dima Al-Joundi Lebanon / France, 2006colour, HD, 53' min. Original Language(s): Sinhala/French/English/ArabicSubtitles: French/English To flee from their country's extreme poverty and provide for their family's survival, women...


    08 janvier 2007 ( #lebanon )

    Reem Haddad In what can be termed a modern-day slave trade, Sri Lankan women arrive in Lebanon only to find themselves abused, imprisoned, raped, hungry, defenseless and alone. Siriani P., 27, came to Beirut in a desperate attempt to save her family from...

  • Diary of a Maid in the Gulf

    15 septembre 2007 ( #middle east )

    I just finished reading "Diary of a Maid in the Gulf" written by Dr. Mohammed al-Taunagi. I do not really think it will get translated into English soon, so you won't mind if I tell you how it ends, do you? Juana, a coy, Christian Filipino girl pays with...

  • Servants of Globalization

    06 janvier 2007 ( #globalisation and migration )

    Servants of Globalization Women, Migration, and Domestic Work Rhacel Salazar Parreñas Servants of Globalization is a poignant and often troubling study of migrant Filipina domestic workers who leave their own families behind to do the mothering and caretaking...

  • Museum of Immigration - Paris

    14 octobre 2007 ( #globalisation and migration )

    <img width=1 height=1 alt="" src="http://us.bc.yahoo.com/b?P=jFXVVUWTcuqhJK43RHgR2Apz0Um9yUcSW_IACTT7&T=1ahgme9bk%2fX%3d1192385522%2fE%3d96599798%2fR%3dnews%2fK%3d5%2fV%3d2.1%2fW%3dH%2fY%3dYAHOO%2fF%3d2421697322%2fH%3dY2FjaGVoaW50PSJuZXdzIiBjb250ZW50PSJnb3Zlcm5tZW50O0l0O2l0O2dhdGV3YXk7aG9tZTtpZGVudGl0eTt2aWRlbztyZWZ1cmxfd3d3X2dvb2dsZV9jb20iIHJlZnVybD0icmVmdXJsX3d3d19nb29nbGVfY29tIiB0b3BpY3M9InJlZnVybF93d3dfZ29vZ2xlX2NvbSI-%2fQ%3d-1%2fS%3d1%2fJ%3d56719345&U=13bee3okr%2fN%3dwi80wELEYuQ-%2fC%3d601705.10900258.11534635.1414694%2fD%3dLREC%2fB%3d48681...

  • Daughters of the Republic

    15 février 2007 ( #maidinbeirut )

    Daughters of the Republic A talk with Sihem Habchi, vice-president of "Ni Putes, Ni Soumises" Tension is in the air in the headquarters of "ni putes ni soumises" in Paris . The women and men sitting side by side in the crammed offices have only one thing...

  • Le documentaire

    20 février 2007 ( #maidinbeirut )

    We edited the first images we have. They still need context, but some of them are very beautiful: an Ethiopian Christian mass in Beirut filled with dancing a singing women celebrating St. Gabriel, a kindergarten full of migrant children showing a form...

  • Ethiopian Religious Ceremony in Beirut

    13 février 2007 ( #ethiopia )

    In June 2003, Walid, Steph and me went to an Ethiopian religious ceremony, the festivity of St. Gabriel in a church in Beirut. As the ethiopian community in Lebanon consists almost exclusively of women, the ceremony included but one man: the priest, especially...

  • What is human trafficking (1)?

    06 juin 2007 ( #human trafficking and modern slavery )

    Lately, I am getting more and more confused about the concept of human traffic as applied to women migrating to work. What is the difference between human traffic and smuggling? What is the difference between human traffic and abusive work conditions...

  • US report on Human Trafficking

    22 juin 2007 ( #human trafficking and modern slavery )

    “All nations that are resolute in the fight to end human trafficking have a partner in the United States...And together we will bring forth a world of fuller hope, a world where people enjoy the full blessings of their God-given liberty.” Secretary Condoleezza...

  • Projectethiopia

    10 février 2008 ( #ethiopia )

    Some of us went to Ethiopia in November 2007, and spent the month doing some research on Ethiopian women leaving for Arab countries, especially Beirut (which in Ethiopa means a different place from Lebanon). And we discovered a lot of interesting things...

  • White Slave Trade - Hysteria

    22 février 2008 ( #white slavery )

    A friend just sent me the most interesting article on human traffic I have read in a long long time. Jazbinsek from the Working Group on Metropolitan Studies in the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin analyses: White Slavery Trade. Biography of a Social Problem...

  • The Mann Act

    13 mars 2008 ( #sexwork )

    The disclosure that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been hiring the services of a sex worker has caused a major scandal in the US this week. Famous for heading the State's Organized Crime Task Force and therefore involved in the prosecution of "prostitution...

  • The historicity of women's work migration

    21 mars 2008 ( #globalisation and migration )

    Two numbers of the Revue Tiers-Monde have come into my hands. They show changing interests in the study of migration. While in the 1977 - Migrations et Développement issue, the issue of women's work migration is not addressed, the issue of 2002 - Femmes...

  • Pute Pride

    23 mars 2008 ( #sexwork )

    Once again the Pute Pride took place in march. Meeting under red umbrellas on a rainy saturday afternoon in Pigalle. It's fun to march, not only do they have the best slogans of all, they are all dressed beautifully and the tourists and sunday strollers...

  • More porno, less TV

    08 avril 2008 ( #sexwork )

    (a sunday afternoon rant) Although arguably all tv is comparably rancid, Italian television stands for particularly sexist depictions of women. Back in the beginning of the 90s, when Berlusconi's mediaset arrived in Spain with their Tele 5 channel, the...

  • Daniela tears away the burqa with her high heel shoes

    09 avril 2008 ( #veil & empire )

    Unveiling Racism: Last November in Ethiopia , we filmed a conference by three Rastafari of Sheshemane on their presence in Ethiopia . Sister Isheba Tafari explained that her decision to wrap her hair nearly amounted to a crime back in her native Austria...

  • Je te paye tu me satisfais

    02 mai 2008 ( #sexwork )

    "King Kong Theory" rocks. One of Despentes only non-fiction accounts, the book discusses controversial issues in feminism like sex, rape or pornography, gives straightforward answers (well, it is Virginie Despentes) and describes her own experience. Prostitution,...

  • Veil and Empire

    07 mai 2008 ( #veil & empire )

    Following my tour of Feltrinelli Bookstore on Genoa's Via Venti looking for Santanche's pamphlets, I visited French Fnac in Chatelet and found they also had an impressive display of (muslim) women's ordeals for sale. The issues surrounding muslim women...

  • 160th Abolition of Slavery

    11 mai 2008 ( #human trafficking and modern slavery )

    Our work for the last three years has never explicitly worked on the issue of human traffic or esclavage moderne. It has always been focused on the experience of migrant women, leaving their countries to work in other countries. But I can assure that...

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