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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Region(s): Kuwait ; Middle East & North Africa

A video of an Ethiopian domestic worker was shared on social media, showing the helpless woman pleading with her employer to save her before falling from the seventh floor of a building in Kuwait.

Kuwait Kuwait's Domestic Labour Law: One Year Later. Migrant Rights Org . (12 January 2017)

The new law was widely celebrated by state officials and international organizations for its "slow progress" in protecting workers' rights and enhancing a "good image of Kuwait." However, Kuwaiti officials appear satisfied merely by the law's existence, so far failing to create a plan to monitor its enforcement, its progress, and its deficiencies.

Dr Al-Saleh affirmed that the services offered through 'DHAMAN' will be exclusively for expatriates working in the private sector, indicating, "The total number of expatriates who will benefit from this project will be about 2 million excluding those categorized as housemaids".

While welcoming Kuwait's commitment to fight trafficking in persons, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to further strengthen its assistance and support measures for trafficked and exploited domestic workers, adopt prevention measures, and fully protect their rights.

Kuwait Kuwait sets minimum wage for domestic workers. Al Jazeera . (14 July 2016)

The country becomes the first in the Gulf to regulate the work conditions of domestic staff through legislation.

Kuwait Kuwait to hire 20,000 Bangladeshi domestic workers Prothom Alo . (23 May 2016)

Nearly 20,000 work permits have been issued for Bangladeshis to work as domestic workers for Kuwaiti families following the announcement made by ministry of interior to allow recruitment of Bangladeshi nationals, reports daily Al-Shahed.

Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Gulf States Fail to Protect Domestic Workers From Serious Violence Human Rights Watch . (16 October 2015)
By Begum, Rothna.

Last week, a shocking story hit the headlines: a woman in Saudi Arabia allegedly cut off the hand of her Indian domestic worker, who was trying to escape from the woman's house.

Kuwait MEA Cautions Against Exploitation of Domestic Workers in Kuwait The Indian Express . (25 August 2015)
By V. Kumar, Dileep.

A recent statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MoEA) indicates that despite being aware of the many hardships being faced by domestic workers from India in Kuwait, people are still taking up the job and going to that country through various channels.

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers, called on the government on Saturday to invoke its earlier bilateral labor agreement with the Kuwaiti government to strengthen protective and welfare mechanisms for domestic workers.

Bahrain Iraq Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates HRW urges Gulf states to follow Kuwait on domestic worker rights The Daily Star . (1 July 2015)

Kuwait's first-ever legislation on the rights of domestic helpers is a "major step" that other Gulf states should follow, Human Rights Watch said.