This Ramadan, do the right thing by your domestic worker

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Domestic workers in GCC: Overworked and underpaid.

Jun 22 2015

In the GCC, Ramadan means reduced work hours for most residents. Schools and offices function on shorter hours. This allows observers and non-observers alike to arrive later and leave earlier than usual.

But, for many domestic workers – migrant workers working as nannies, housemaids and cooks – the work day becomes even longer during Ramadan. Most domestic workers in the region on a regular basis work upwards of 15 hours a day. Ramadan means even longer days and more responsibilities, regardless of whether the worker observes Ramadan fasting or not.

This year, launches a region-wide campaign, appealing to employers – Gulf citizens and expatriates – to respect the rights of the workers they employ. The focus of this year's campaign is work-life balance.

Share this campaign with friends and family as a reminder that domestic workers should always enjoy reasonable working hours and decent working conditions.

The two posters in the first phase were designed by students of VCU-Qatar in a summer school design class taught by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar. The students worked closely with the MR team to communicate this public interest message.

Advancing the rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East