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Abolish Kafala

Commit. Support. Advocate.

We can all do something to stop the devastating impact of kafala on the lives of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Lebanon. And we can all work towards one day abolishing this oppressive system completely. Here’s a list to get you started. Act now.

Commit to uphold the human rights of migrant domestic workers

If you are a kafeel or can influence kafeels, do this:

  1. Limit domestic workers’ working hours and respect a minimum 1 day off per week and annual leave as per the Lebanese Labor Law
  2. Respect their right to use time off however they wish
  3. Pay wages on time and in USD or equivalent in LBP at market rate
  4. Renew the workers’ medical insurance
  5. Cover the cost of a worker’s repatriation if they wish to leave

Support migrant workers in their daily struggle

Do what you can – every initiative goes a long way.

  1. Follow these community groups on social media. Amplify their work: The Alliance of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanonእኛለኛ በስደት Egna Legna BesidetMesewatCameroonian Community in LebanonSri Lankan Women Activity Projects
  2. Join the people’s coalition to end kafala. Sign up now to stay up-to-date of support needed, including relief work and stopping evictions
  3. Donate online to the Migrant Community Centers and the Anti-Racism Movement
  4. Donate cash by sending a WhatsApp message to 78 936 766 specifying your full name and amount you’d like to donate and we will get back to you

Advocate to abolish kafala in Lebanon

Kafala is a system that manifests in several laws and policies and procedures. We want it abolished and, urgently today, ask you to:

  1. Pressure the Ministry of Labor to push for the prosecution of employers who abandon domestic workers. Call them at 01 556 803, tag them on @laborministrylb, and organize protests at the Ministry in Al Borj Building, Chiyah Highway, Al Mousharrafieh.
  2. Pressure the General Security to waive penalty fees for migrant workers who overstayed their residency. Call them at 01 429 061 and 01 425 610 , tag them on @DGSG_Security
  3. Pressure consulates and embassies to evacuate workers and cover the cost of their evacuation.
Bangladesh01735856; 05956087; 05956039Al Riyadh Building 3, 4th Floor Safara Al Kuwaiti Street, Bir Hassan
Burkina Faso01 373 375Burkina Faso Consulate in Beirut, Lebanon  Avenue des Francais BP. 3938 Beirut Lebanon
Cameroon04 540 300; 04 540 200Metn, Dbayeh, Gemma Center, 9th floor
Cote d’Ivoire01 850 484Jnah, Rue Zahiya Salman, Imm Twin Tower, Block A, 1er Etage, Rond-point Ordre des Ingenieurs et architectes, facing BLOM
Eriteria01 797 3337th Floor, Unesco Center, Verdun
Ethiopia05 953 656Hazmieh, 67 rue 11 ML12103, Said Freiha Street, Old Bank Audi Building
Ghana01 393 946Labban bldg, 4th floor, Sami Solh Avenue, Badaro
India01 735 856; 01 735 847239, Ibrahim Abed El Aal Street, Hamra, Ras Beirut
Kenya01 383 006Charles Malek Av., (Near Sagesse Ashrafieh), Roadster Bldg., 3rd Floor, Achrafieh
Madagascar09 444 333Keserwan, Okaybe, New Santa Theresa Beach
Nepal01 875 592Jdeideh Mirna Shalouhi Street, Afqo Building
Nigeria01 857 612; 01 857 614Al Abir Bldg., 1st Floor, Adnan Hakeem Street, Bir Hassan
Philippines05 953 522; 05 953 520Mar Geries St., Al Mahatta Road, Hadath, Baabda
Senegal01 865 067; 01 810 232Ghazi Hallab bldg, Block C, Raouche near Grand Café
Sierra Leone03 908 968George Haddad Street No.1504, 4th floor Al-Marfaa, Beirut
Sri Lanka05 956 032; 05 956031; 05 956 038; 05 956 041 No. 929, Mar Roukoz Street, Hazmieh
Sudan01 353 270; 01 350 057Near Bristol Hotel, Madame Curie Street, Minkara Building
Somalia01 644 700; 01 644 701Salim Salam Highway, Al Koubra Building, 1st floor
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