Treating the housemaids well


According to BBC
“A human rights group wants the Lebanese government to investigate the deaths of eight foreign maids last month, six of whom fell or jumped from high places. ..According Last year, HRW reported that at least one foreign maid was dying every week. ”

Here in Maldives we also have a large number of housemaids working mostly in Male’ from neighboring countries such as Sri Lanka and India and just like as in Lebanon the labor laws seems to have evaded them and their welfare. Their freedom of movement is frequently restricted and the sense of working hours simply does not seems to exist in the mentality of the people who hire them.

Just like us resort workers, housemaids are also industrial workers and they deserve rights like everyone else. They have also left families and loved ones behind in their countries and are toiling in a foreign country to earn a living for family back home. From what is apparent in Male’ what is at fault seems to be the public awareness to such facts and that measures have to be taken to raise awareness on these issues. However it would be difficult to turn around a few generations of people raised in “rights ignorance” and it would take time. The quicker solution wold be to legislate and enforce the laws which is also tricky business because our legislature comprises of the people who have the same mindset…


4 thoughts on “Treating the housemaids well

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  2. Yeah, correct. We must inform or educate public about these issues through media and other necessarily ways. And I agree that politics 24hrs is really useless, so the ‘cry baby’ soaps (i like that cry baby word!) But we need politics because it’s a process by which people make decisions and discussion of politics is needed in order focus on the real issues in a country. Cry baby soaps is also needed because all the way human rights and stuffs like this is really heart breaking… and people need some fun out there.. So a little bit of everything is the best and the perfect, but yet not all at once! Definitely we must educate public more about these stuffs and i agree with ya totally !!

  3. Well, yeah.. true. Maldives must have some kind of strict law actions against it and make people aware and well informed about it.

    1. Exactly. Human beings are human beings and we all deserve respect and dignity. The solution I think lies in educating the public. Our media has to bring about these subjects and themes more often. Instead of showing politics 24 hours and ‘cry baby’ type soap operas, concrete issues shall be tackled which will educate the public and go a long way to regulate issues like this.

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