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MS VODW 2024: Empowering Voices, Inspiring Changes for Migrant Domestic Workers




The Voice of Domestic Workers Hosts Spectacular Pageant Celebrating International Women's Day and Mother's Day



On March 10, 2024, The Voice of Domestic Workers (VODW) lit up London with a dazzling pageant in honour of International Women's Day and Mother's Day. Now in its third iteration, the event crowned Ms. The Voice of Domestic Workers, showcasing the remarkable beauty, talent, and voices of migrant domestic workers.


The pageant transcended conventional beauty standards, emphasizing the strength, resilience, and narratives of these unsung heroes. Each participant embodied the multifaceted capabilities of migrant domestic workers, highlighting their contributions beyond their daily tasks.



 

Joining the pageant was a life-changing experience for me. The overwhelming support from my fellow domestic workers filled me with gratitude and courage. Taking on the role of spokesperson in front of a large audience was unforgettable, and I'm proud to have inspired and educated others. It's amazing to see how this event brings us closer together, showcasing our talents and breaking stereotypes about domestic workers. I encourage others to seize the opportunity to participate and grow with us.
- Kristina

 


Joining the pageant was unexpected but rewarding. Dancing reminded me of my mother's pride and inspired me to showcase my talents. This event has changed perceptions and brought us closer as a community. Let's embrace our skills and talents, and encourage others to do the same.
Yolly

More than just a showcase of external beauty, the pageant fostered lasting friendships and community among participants, bridging cultural and linguistic gaps. It served as a microcosm of VODW's mission, promoting unity, empowerment, and justice.


The pageant was truly amazing, providing a platform to showcase our intelligence and creativity. It's more than a competition; it's about empowerment and unity. Let's spread love and support each other in our journey.
Darleen

Through this event, VODW aimed to amplify the voices often unheard, shedding light on the challenges faced by migrant domestic workers. The talents displayed challenged stereotypes and broke down barriers, celebrating diversity and strength within the community.


Participating in the pageant was a nerve-wracking yet fulfilling experience. Sharing my real-life story with fellow domestic workers was emotional and empowering. This event strengthened our bonds and inspired us to challenge perceptions. Let's continue to support each other and advocate for our rights.
Joy

The winners were announced amid much excitement:


Ms. VODW 2024: Joy

1st Runner Up: Dareen

2nd Runner Up: Kristina

3rd Runner Up: Yolly

Ms. Charity: Mary

Popularity Award: Arlene

Best in Talent: Joy

Best in National Costume: Mary

Best in Evening Gown: Kristina



Participating in the pageant was a milestone in my life journey. It empowered me and showcased the skills and beauty of domestic workers. I'm grateful for the opportunity and encourage others to seize it. Let's support each other and continue to grow together.
Florence

The pageant was a vibrant tapestry woven with threads of resilience, courage, and shared aspirations, sending a powerful message of justice, dignity, and positive change for migrant domestic workers in the UK.



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