Group of Nepalese Feminists in Lebanon (NARI)
Nari is a self-help group of Nepalese women working as domestic workers in Lebanon. Established in 2012 in Beirut with the support of KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation and in collaboration with the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) and Anti-Slavery International (ASI), Nari aims to improve the situation of Nepalese migrant women in Lebanon.
Nari members give advice and information to their peers and help Nepali workers gain the confidence needed to claim their rights. Moreover, Nari has partnered with the broader civil society movement in Lebanon to advocate against the sponsorship system and to promote better legal protection for domestic workers. Nari coordinates with domestic workers from different nationalities and strives to inspire other women migrant domestic workers to self-organise in Lebanon.
Public campaigning and outreach has allowed Nari to establish itself further by gaining more autonomy, recruiting new members and confirming its ability to operate in the field. In the absence of a diplomatic representation for the Government in Nepal, Nari gathers testimonies from other domestic workers and refers cases of abuse and exploitation. These are powerful tools in achieving policy reform.