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Meet VODW's ''Queen of Social Media'' This is part of the Stories of Resilience series by Refugee Action, which focuses on the ways in which communities have worked together to support migrants, refugees and asylum seeker during the vovid19 pandemic.
“We are weak as individuals, stronger as a collective.” Marissa Begonia
Domestic workers are undervalued by society, but Marissa sees them as the ‘fuel of the economy’ and wants them to be recognised as such. Marissa shares her journey as a domestic worker, the challenges that changes to government policy have had on the women she seeks to support, and her fight to ensure that domestic workers are recognised as workers.
Marissa has been part of the Sound Delivery' Being the Story ''Spokesperson Network'' in 2018 which is now a project being piloted by The Voice of Domestic Workers (VODW) in partnership with Sound Delivery Media. The first VODW Spokesperson Network will be participated by 12 members.
Am I a modern slave?
by Lyn Caballero
Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change In 2016, the UK government vowed to end the ‘barbaric evil of modern slavery’ and trafficking. In 2018, however, I came here on a visa for domestic workers in a private household, which is valid for six months and cannot be renewed. Left unprotected, I’ve been refused safety and may be prosecuted.
My Journey in the Time of Modern Day Slavery
My name is Sarah, I’m originally from the Philippines. I want to share my journey as a migrant domestic worker here in the UK; how far I travelled in search of a better living for myself and my family. I was not locked in a cage and my hands were not shackled, but my story is no different from that of slavery in Victorian times, as it is renamed today as modern day slavery.
Close to Home: The Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK
Interview by Ayanna Egbarin with Nerisa Valerio
Over 16,000 migrant domestic workers currently live in the UK, supporting families with running their households and looking after children more than they are able to look after their own back in their home countries. A mother of five, Nerisa became a migrant domestic worker abroad to fund and support her family living in the Philippines. After coming to the UK in 2006, Nerisa has been exploited by employers with poor wages and working conditions that have had serious impacts on her physical and mental health. Now the Board Chair and Trustee of a non-profit, The Voice of Domestic Workers, she is one of few migrant domestic workers who have been able to fight for their own rights and salvage her story. For many others, they are still stuck in this system of modern day slavery which is happening closer to home than we realise.
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