I am a woman with a voice. I want to raise my voice so that those WITHOUT A Voice can be heard
I’m Gracie, originally from the Philippines. I'm 47 years old and I have four children, they are 27, 21,17 and 15 years old - three girls and my youngest one is the only boy I have. I started to work in Hongkong in 2007 until 2009.
I came back to the Philippines wishing that I’d not be going abroad again because it was so difficult to leave my kids at a very young age, but living in the Philippines was so tough so I decided to go to Kuwait in 2010. I worked for three years in Kuwait and my employer brought me to London. Like fellow domestic workers, I escaped from my employer who abused and exploited me. It was hard working and living without knowing my rights. After four years, I found and joined the Voice of Domestic Workers. I realised that there was still hope for someone like me to have freedom.
I join the 'Future Voices' because I want to learn more and to apply what I learn to others who are afraid to voice their worries.
Every story matters, we need to speak-out so people begin to listen to us and when many of us are speaking-out, the louder our voices are. Let us stand tall, be brave to fight for our rights. We all deserve to be treated equally with respect. I am the living evidence ‘If I Can Do It, You Can Do It!’