Over the last 6 years, civil society organizations (CSOs) have launched campaigns to sensitize the Lebanese public to the working and living conditions of women migrant domestic workers (WMDWs) in Lebanon. These campaigns have portrayed WMDWs as victims in need of protection and their employers as tormentors in need of self-restraint. Few of these campaigns have employed the framework of international labour standards to stress the right of WMDWs to social and legal protections and to place the employer under the obligation of respecting and actively safeguarding these protections.
In the context of the EU-funded project "Action Programme for Promoting the Rights of Women Migrant Domestic Workers/PROWD," the International Labour Organization's Regional Office for Arab States (ILO-ROAS) is convening a three-day workshop on enhancing NGO engagement in the campaign for migrant domestic workers rights.
Participants from 25 different NGOs will meet to discuss ways they can further their commitment to the promotion of migrant domestic workers' rights from the standpoint of international labour standards. During the workshop, participants will learn how to improve their outreach to media institutions in order to increase the frequency and breadth of their reporting about the living and working conditions of migrant workers.