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.