“Mala” Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon
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.
Studio Kawakeb is a visual arts studio based in Beirut, Lebanon and incubated by Beit Waraq. We specialize in illustration, animation and graphic design.