August 29, 2010

Migrant domestic workers campaign

By |29 August 2010|

They look after your children, they clean your kitchen and hang your washing but often they are invisible. For many migrant domestic workers around the world the law doesn’t protect them and their rights are trampled underfoot. They are often women and they work long hours for low pay. They have little economic security and protection from abuses. Caritas is urging the international community to protect migrant domestic workers. They need respect from employers, freedom to change jobs and legal recognition of their work. They deserve the same rights as other workers enjoy. “Under one roof, under one law”. Find out more about Caritas work on the issue of migrant domestic workers: PRESS RELEASE: Protect migrant domestic worker rights Women’s Day: Protect domestic workers Protect maids, nannies and carers from exploitation Needed and Exploited – the invisible suffering of migrant domestic workers PRAYER: The woman next to you FEATURE STORIES: From Mongolia to Brussels Caritas supporting Polish caretakers working in Germany BLOGS:  Taiwan’s [...]

A way home for a Ukrainian mother

By |27 August 2010|

Olga had left her three children in the Ukraine to find work in Belgium.When she realised there could be opportunities to return to the Ukraine and set up a business in her home town, she turned to Caritas. Caritas Belgium’s repatriation programme gives returnees help in finding a home and a way to make money. It offers medical and financial support as well as education and training. In 2009, Caritas prepared 215 people for repatriation. Of these, 186 went back home. They helped Olga, who is a single mother, return home to her children. Once there, Caritas Ukraine, as part of the Solidarity Net, studied the business possibilities for Olga in the area. Her town didn’t have a hairdressers so Caritas Ukraine gave Olga money to buy the equipment she needed to set up a hairdressing business. “We act as a bridge for migrants between Belgium and their home country, where we [...]

Female face of migration conference in Senegal

By |26 August 2010|

Caritas Internationalis is organising a conference on “The Female Face of Migration” in Saly, Senegal 30 November to 2 December 2010 in cooperation with Caritas Senegal. The aim of the conference is to better understand the phenomenon of the ‘feminization of migration’, which describes the increasing percentage of women migrating. Caritas Internationalis Director of Policy Martina Liebsch said, “More women are migrating independently from their families. The demand for workers in female-dominated sectors, such as in domestic work and healthcare, in countries of destination is increasing. Migration policies have not adjusted to this trend. “There is no systematic global understanding on how to assess the impact of emigration and immigration policies on men and women. No globally agreed “code of conduct” exists to ensure migration is a safe informed option for earning a living. Little support is available on how to assist families separated by migration.” Caritas members, migration experts and academics will [...]

June 23, 2010


By |23 June 2010|

In April and October at the UN in Geneva, Caritas highlighted that women who migrate and work in people’s homes can be exploited and abused. Caritas made recommendations on how to improve the situation of migrants, based on a study of experiences collected from members and partners. Caritas attended the annual consultations of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Geneva. Caritas contributed to the session on urban refugees, presenting a case study about Colombian refugees in Ecuador. Caritas highlighted the failure by governments and the UN to protect women and girls in conflict situations from rape and other forms of violence and exploitation. Caritas took part in the Civil Society Days at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Athens in November. Caritas advocated for rights, stability and security for migrants to contribute to their own development. Together with Christian partners, Caritas urged the international community to give migration policies [...]

February 27, 2010

Women’s Day: Protect domestic workers

By |27 February 2010|

The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day which celebrates the achievements of women around the world. But for all the women who achieve success, there are also women who suffer great difficulties in achieving even the basic necessities for a healthy and happy life. In its work, Caritas’ focuses on the effects of migration on women. Migrants represent 2.9 percent of the world’s population and half of these are women. Women who migrate from their country often work in people’s homes in their new country and are vulnerable to abuse. On International Women’s Day Caritas is calling on governments and the international community to protect migrants who work in people’s homes as maids, nannies and carers from exploitation. What the world needs to remember is that these women who care for us in our own homes and who make huge sacrifices to find a job abroad, also need caring for themselves. Learn [...]

September 2, 2009

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    Rape destroying Congo’s communities, says Caritas psychologist

Rape destroying Congo’s communities, says Caritas psychologist

By |2 September 2009|

Some of the rape victims who are brought to Caritas Congo are as old as 70. One of the youngest to require help was just three months old. “Some of the women who come to us are so badly damaged by the rape that they can no longer walk,” says Ange Mbala, a psychologist for Caritas Congo in Goma. Caritas Congo has counsellors who work in communities and are able to identify women and children who have been abused. The stigma attached to a sexual attack means that women may be reluctant to come forward and seek medical help. Type the words “Congo” and “rape” into a internet news search engine, and the number of stories seem endless. This week one report said that a three-year-old girl in eastern Congo died from horrific injuries after being raped by a rebel. Reports describe rape being used “as a weapon of war”. “It’s about destroying [...]

November 3, 2008

Changing women’s lives in Chad

By |3 November 2008|

By Antoine Adoum Goulgué, SECADEV for Caritas The Al-Nadjah centre is a handsome building in the Chadian town of Adré, about 5 km from the border with Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. With finanancial and technical support from Caritas, the centre provides training for local women, a nursery school, and a playground. The 235 beneficiaries in Al-Nadjah Centre are women, with a special focus on unmarried mothers and girls withdrawn from school. Young mothers are often abandoned by their families and by the father if their child is born outside of marriage. Caritas provides them with support through the centre. Traditional beliefs force girls to abandon schooling as soon as they reach age of puberty (from 10 to 12 years old). Lacking opportunities provided by schooling, these girls go to the centre in order to learn knitting and food production. But the centre also helps any woman who faces the challenges of providing for her family [...]

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