Join the “Respect, Rights & Recognition for Domestic Workers” campaign

Join the “Respect, Rights & Recognition for Domestic Workers” campaign

Join the Campaign from 12 June to 25 June 2020 and mark June 16th International Day of Domestic Workers

▶️ Two poignant films from the series WHY SLAVERY?
* Maid in Hell (Søren Klovborg)
* A Woman Captured (Bernadett Tuza-Ritter)
will be available for viewing online – English and French versions

A series of ground-breaking documentary films uncover the lives of men, women and children living as modern slaves in all corners of the world. Whether it is the deeply flawed Kafala System in the Middle East or the prolific number of children bought and sold in India, WHY SLAVERY? Shines a light on the millions of lives lived in the shadow of enslavement.

Please register here to view:

?Maid in Hell from June 12th to 16th

Søren Klovborg; 2018

Can an employment system hide a reality of torture and humiliation?

Maid in Hell introduces us to 35 year old Mary Kibwana, who is just one of the thousands of migrant women working as a domestic helper in Jordan. Following an incident at her employer’s residence, Mary is flown back to her home in Kenya – where she arrives wheelchair-bound, with burns covering 70 percent of her body. Two months later, Mary dies as a result of her injuries. This story offers a glimpse into the commonplace reality of harassment, abuse, rape and 18-hour work days which migrant domestic workers across the Middle East face. Trapped by the Kafala system, their passports are confiscated and they are bound to their employer. Unable to flee, they risk harsh punishments or imprisonments if they try. “Maid in Hell” gives unprecedented access to this frightening and brutal form of modern slavery. Following employment agents who vividly describe the trade, as well as maids who struggle to find a way home after harrowing, and sometimes, deadly experiences, we come to understand the grotesque reality faced by thousands of women each day.


?A Woman Captured from June 19th to 23rd

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Can freedom be more frightening than enslavement?

A European woman has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for 10 years. Marish has been exploited and abused by a woman for whom she toils as a housekeeper— entirely unpaid performing all manner of back-breaking household duties seven days a week in exchange only for meals, cigarettes and a couch to sleep on. She even has to hand over the money she earns from an extra job as a cleaner in a factory. She is forbidden to do anything without permission.
Marsh’s 18-year-old daughter ran away a couple of years ago unable to bear her circumstances any longer, but Marish lives with too much fear in her heart to leave. She dreams of seeing her daughter again.
A women captured is a raw and intimate portrayal of the psychology behind enslavement. Director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter offers an evocative study of a woman so debased and disregarded that even she has lost sight of her own life. Drawing courage from the filmmaker’s presence, she decides to escape the unbearable oppression and become a free woman.

▶️ Two in-depth online discussions will be held

?on 18/06 |5 pm CET |11 am EST
Live webinar hosted by Freedom United

Protecting domestic workers during COVID-19

Time for Equality joins Freedom United advocacy team on a live webinar to discuss how COVID19 is adversely impacting domestic workers. We will also be addressing the risk of exploitation and what our audience can do to address this vulnerability.
Language: English

?on 25/06 | 2 pm – 3 pm CET
Webinar organisé par Time For Equality
Travail domestique et secteur du nettoyage: la situation au Luxembourg”
En collaboration avec OGBL-Nettoyage et l’ASTI

Quelle est la situation actuelle des domestiques et du secteur du nettoyage au Luxembourg? Quel a été l’impact de la crise sanitaire sur leur emplois, leurs revenus, leur santé? Quels problèmes ont été constatés, et quelles sont les demandes concrètes et urgentes afin de soutenir et protéger les droits, la santé, et des conditions de travail dignes et équitables à ces essentiel.les?

Interventions de :
Gorete Fernandes et Martine di Blasi, délégueés OGBL- Nettoyage
Laura Zuccoli, présidente de l’ASTI – Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés

Modératrice: Jessica Lopes, secrétaire centrale adjointe OGBL-Nettoyage
Message de Time For Equality: Rosa Brignone, présidente


Lire l’article de Rosa Brignone, “Decent Work for Domestic Workers begins at home”

Depuis le début de la crise du coronavirus, le secteur du nettoyage a été inclu parmi les activités « essentielles ». Cette crise révèle néanmoins les inégalités et le paradoxe de notre système économique et social, les travailleur-ses les plus indispensables sont aussi les plus invisibles et les moins reconnu-e-s.

Au Luxembourg environ 11.000 salariés travaillent dans des entreprises de nettoyage. Ce sont en grande majorité des femmes (83%), souvent issues de l’immigration ou transfrontalières. 75% sont issues de deux nationalités, portugaise et française (source: Liser)*. Elles font partie des travailleurs les plus précaires, sous-payées, avec des contrats de courte durée, des temps partiels non choisis, des cadences de travail insoutenables, une forte exposition au stress et aux risques de blessures. 6000 sont employé.es directement par des particuliers.

Dans ces emplois, il y a aussi une vaste zone grise, de travail non déclaré, sans contrat et payé au noir. Des femmes sans papiers, immigrées, en situation de précarité à la suite d’une séparation ou divorce, des mères monoparentales se retrouvent souvent dans ces situations.

Ce cadre de précarité et vulnérabilité structurelles qui caractérise le travail domestique risque de s’aggraver suite à la crise sanitaire et aux mesures de confinement. Les employé.es domestiques et du secteur du nettoyage sont parmi les groupes les plus touchés et exposés aux risques de pauvreté, perte d’indépendance économique et marginalisation.


The campaign is organised by Time For Equality in partnership with Freedom United and The WHY Foundation, and with the support of the Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte.

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Respect, droits et reconnaissance pour les travailleurs et les travailleuses domestiques. 

Rejoignez notre campagne online du 12 juin au 25 juin 2020, organisée en occasion de la Journée Internationale des Travailleurs.euses Domestiques. 

Pendant cette période nous aurons l’honneur de partager avec vous deux films de la série “WHY SLAVERY ?” 

? Maid in Hell, de S. Klovborg – online du 12 au 16 juin – Pour s’inscrire:

? A Woman Captured, de Bernadett Tuza-Ritter – online du 19 au 23 juin – pour s’inscrire:

Les deux films seront disponibles gratuitement aux dates indiquées, en français et en anglais!

▶️ Deux webinars

 ? Le 18 juin 2020 – 5 pm CET |11 am EST
Live WEBINAR organisé par Freedom United.

Register here or tune in on Facebook Live!

Time for Equality joins Freedom United advocacy team on a live webinar to discuss how COVID19 is adversely impacting domestic workers. We will also be addressing the risk of exploitation and what our audience can do to address this vulnerability.
Language: English

? La deuxième discussion aura lieu
le 25 juin à 14h
et sera dédiée à la situation au Luxembourg
Langue: français.

La campagne a été organisée par Time for Equality en partenariat avec Freedom United et The Why Foundation, et avec le support de l’Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte.

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