18 Jul 2020

NZer working to protect Lebanon's migrant maids

From Saturday Morning, 11:05 am on 18 July 2020

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.

They are mostly women who come from African and Asian countries to work in private households, and whose rights are largely ignored under Lebanese labour law.

She intervenes in the worst cases of maltreatment and abuse. These can leave workers unpaid, stranded without passports, and controlled and confined in conditions akin to slavery.

By threatening to name and shame the worst employers on social media, she and the activist group This Is Lebanon have made enemies in high places. 


Halima Photo: supplied