Lebanon is home to over 250,000 migrant domestic workers (MDWs), who come from African and Asian countries and work in private households. The vast majority of these workers are women. Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are trapped in a web woven by the kafala system, an inherently abusive migration sponsorship system, which increases their risk of suffering labour exploitation, forced labour and trafficking and leaves them with little prospect of obtaining redress.
All migrant domestic workers are excluded from the Lebanese Labour Law and are governed instead by the kafala system, which ties the legal residency of the worker to the contractual relationship with the employer.
This video is part of a campaign that demands that Lebanon extend labour protections to migrant domestic workers.
Letters From Little Brides
The content of this film is based on testimonies from girls living in Lebanon, narrating their experiences with child marriage. The storyline is a collection of verbatim from interviews with Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian child brides under the age of 18. Despite their unique experiences, the film also sheds a light on the collective experiences they shared with violence.
Illustration & Animation David Habchy, Hussein Nakhal, Roy El Khawand and Christina Skaf