Introducing Future Voices 2023
Migrant Domestic Workers are the backbone of our society, but we know that their voices and stories often go unheard. We need to be part of the conversations that affect us and have a seat around the table to influence change. We are thrilled that the Voice of Domestic Workers alongside our partners charity Sounddelivery Media have been funded to deliver our unique leadership programme Future Voices over the next 2 years. This training programme aims to equip a new network of 24 Migrant Domestic Workers with the skills and confidence to share their experiences, have their expertise heard more widely, and ultimately drive public awareness and policy change. Over the two years two groups of 12 migrant domestic workers will take part in practical workshops in blogging, vlogging, campaigning skills, interview preparation, presentation skills, media training, they will meet a wide network of journalists and be part of a peer support network. Once they finish the programme they will join a network of migrant domestic workers who’ve been part of the training and will be offered opportunities to advocate for the community.
Speaking out about their work, sharing their stories and experiences is vital if we are to address the injustice many of their networks are facing. Migrant Domestic Workers are one of the most vulnerable groups of workers. A lack of government intervention has left them unprotected, powerless and in exploitative work conditions. When their employers stopped them from working without notice and pay during the Covid-19 pandemic, they couldn't claim their unpaid wages and many were afraid to go to the hospital when infected by the virus. When parents and children were all at home during the lockdown, they worked up to 24 hours per day, leaving them with little time to rest. With the cost of living crisis their livelihoods continue to be threatened. In 2023 against the backdrop of a hostile environment, a failing NRM system set up to support those who’ve experienced modern day slavery overseas domestic workers continue to be vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking. We know that they are essential workers and should be protected as such in the UK. Through this programme, we can ensure that migrant domestic workers are given a voice, and are listened to by wider audiences to influence change.
Listen to our Director, Marissa, explain why the Future Voices programme is more relevant than ever:
We look forward to working closely with Sounddelivery Media and the Future Voices network and we also want to say a huge thank you to the funders who’ve supported this programme; City Bridge Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Trust for London, who this would not be possible without.