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National Human Rights Commission to Spread Awareness Among Domestic Workers

Muscat Daily - 19 September 2012. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) plans to create awareness among domestic workers on what to do in the event of a human rights violation by their employer.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) plans to create awareness among domestic workers on what to do in the event of a human rights violation by their employer.

The commission will distribute booklets with guidelines on the course of action to be followed in this regard. “The booklets will be published in five languages and will tell domestic workers whom to approach and how to deal with violence and other human rights violations,” an NHRC official said.

NHRC will target housemaids who have either fled from their employers or whose services are not required anymore, as they are usually victims of abuse and are seen waiting in recruitment agency offices.

Joshita, a Nepalese woman who came to Oman to work as a domestic help, said that her employer would ill-treat her and not give her enough food. After working for three months, she returned to the agency hoping it would find her a better employer.

“I came to Oman hoping that my life would improve. However, my employer would not give me enough food. The lady of the house used to cook while I did all the other work. At mealtimes, she would give me little or no food,” she alleged. “I hope to get another job soon as I need food and also money to send back home.”

She is not the only one who has suffered at the employer's hands. “I am waiting for a new sponsor as I could not stand the verbal abuse,” said Amara, an Ethiopian woman.

Many women pay recruitment agents in their countries for arranging jobs, visas and tickets. But sometimes they are stranded at the agencies without work for days or weeks. 

“We have no choice but to take these women back and try to find them other employers. We normally give a six-month guarantee to employers, and if they are not happy with their work, they can bring them back.

"Sometimes their employers say the maids are not interested in working. So we just have to shelter them until we find them new a employer,” a recruitment agent said.

NHRC follows up on the protection of human rights and freedom in accordance with the Basic Statute of the State and international treaties.

(Names of domestic workers quoted have been changed to protect their identity)

 

Source: http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/NHRC-to-spread-awareness-among-domestic-workers-1ph3

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