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Title:Young and invisible: African domestic workers in Yemen
Editors:Nederveen, Arda
Regt, Marina deISNI
Publisher:Arda Ederveen
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Subjects:domestic workers
migrant workers
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
External link:http://youtu.be/fIoUha568bA
Abstract:Filmmaker Arda Nederveen and anthropologist Marina de Regt have made a short documentary about Ethiopian and Somalian women who work as domestic workers in Yemen. Why do these young women come to Yemen and what are their living and working conditions? Instead of portraying the women as victims, the film gives them a face and lets them show their resilience. Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East, yet despite this attracts large numbers of refugees and migrants, mainly from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Dutch researcher Marina de Regt studied the backgrounds and motives of Yemeni employers and migrant domestic workers, the interactions between both parties, and the influence of outsourcing domestic household work on the families and society. The domestic workers come from countries that are even poorer than Yemen and migrate to improve their own position and that of their families. Yemeni women do not want to do paid housework as it has a very low status. Yemeni employers emphasize that the treatment of domestic workers in Yemen is better than in other Arabic countries, but discrimination and racism are clearly prevalent. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]