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Lived Experiences of Migrant Women: Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait


For countries of destination

  • Provide equal protections for domestic workers under the labour law, with meaningful enforcement mechanisms;
  • Require employers to undergo mandatory orientations ahead of a domestic worker’s arrival;
  • Develop mandatory check-in systems to follow up with workers throughout the duration of their contracts;
  • Improve complaint and support systems and ensure that they are well-known to workers upon arrival;
  • Increase the number, accessibility, and quality of services of domestic worker shelters;
  • Support community centres for workers to socialise, upskill, and obtain access to legal resources; and
  • Develop public awareness campaigns on the domestic worker rights and on the value of domestic work.

For countries of origin

  • Ensure that prospective migrants have access to meaningful support systems;
  • Support development of accurate, useful, and accessible pre-decision information sessions and pre-departure trainings;
  • Support upon reintegration, including financial training, to help avoid cyclical forced migration;
  • Maintain a ‘blacklist’ of employers and agencies with records of abuse. Do not permit employers or agencies with pending cases to recruit new workers.