Ana Margaret Braga
“I want to show the world that I am a role model for the Voice of Domestic Workers, someone who fights for the rights of everyone and is acknowledged for our principles, mission, and vision.”
I am Ana Margaret, born on the 25th of September 1967 in Manila, Philippines. I am the 8th daughter in a family of ten but we are now nine because I lost one sister due to a heart ailment. I attended 3 semesters of a secretarial course at the National College of Business and Arts (NCBA)
I went abroad when I was 38 years old. Being far away from my family was very difficult, but I needed to do it for my daughter’s future because I wanted to give her a better life. I worked for ten years in Saudi Arabia as a nanny and housekeeper. I cannot forget the bad experiences I had in Saudi Arabia where I felt helpless and resulted in trauma and mental ill health. It was a nightmare for me that if I could rewrite my life, I would erase them.
This is the reason why I joined The Voice of Domestic Workers, to attain the common goal of success and justice. The Voice of Domestic Workers has had a big impact on me. It has opened my eyes to how important organisations like these are to domestic workers who escape dangerous situations to help us continue our education. Speaking up as a domestic worker is really important so that we can voice our concerns and create change.