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Irresponsible Decision by Govt. to Enslave Women to Earn Dollars! - Women's Movement for Freedom | Lankaviews | Views of the TruthLankaviews | Views of the Truth

Irresponsible Decision by Govt. to Enslave Women to Earn Dollars! – Women’s Movement for Freedom



The ‘Free Women!’ the women movement of the FLSP says that the government is preparing to change the legal conditions for foreign working women and further deteriorate conditions of women going abroad for work.

This was revealed by Sithara Kularatne, a member of the National Committee for the Free Women!, at a media briefing held yesterday (14) regarding the attempt to ease the conditions that women in Lanka must meet when going abroad.

She said her organization had taken steps from time to time to address the problems faced by working women abroad, but so far the government had not provided any formal solutions. Stated.

The comments made at the press conference were as follows.

“Currently, the government has taken steps to ease the conditions that must be met by mothers with children over the age of 5 among the qualifications that a woman must meet when going abroad. Usually, such mothers look for a relative to care for their children and their ability to care for their children. As this system is regulated by the Grama Niladhari(village admin officer) and the Divisional Secretary, government agencies have to assume responsibility for the children of women going abroad. However, at present applications for women going abroad are accepted online by the Foreign Employment Bureau. The conditions for state liability for children have been removed and limited to a mere affidavit. As a result, the children of women who go abroad are thrown into insecurity. It was known that even the children of women who have gone abroad with these various conditions are at great risk, so we can understand what would happen if that minimum condition was removed.

Women in the Middle East, in particular, account for the largest share of employment in the Foreign Service. In the past, unfortunate information has come to light regarding the various forms of harassment, persecution, and sexual harassment that they face in their work.  As Free Women! we have from time to time pressured the government and the authorities, including the Foreign Service Bureau, to prevent such situations and to ensure the protection, labor rights and working conditions of women going abroad. We conducted leaflet distributions, seminars, media briefings, workshops and other public awareness campaigns. He wrote letters to draw the attention of the government, protested and exerted pressure through negotiated measures. We published the book ‘Blood, Tears and Coins of Foreign Slavery’ because a formal study on this issue was needed.

But despite all this, it seems that the rulers of this country are not ready to provide proper protection for the children of women when they send women into slavery abroad. We strongly object to the fact that the conditions regarding children have been relaxed to an affidavit.

Due to the foolish decisions of these rulers there is now a shortage of dollars. The country earns the highest amount of dollars annually from oppressed women who are enslaved in the Middle East as foreign workers. Because of the rulers who do not take responsibility for the women who are sent for that purpose, they came to this country in coffins recently. We revealed about women who came to this country with inserted nails, burns, mental illness and other permanent disabilities. But the rulers are now trying to find an answer to the dollar problem by sending women into foreign slavery without any responsibility. By allowing women to go abroad on a mere affidavit, removing the responsibility of the government for children, the children and family members of women going abroad will be greatly affected. Women who go abroad are also more likely to experience psychological problems and discomfort due to this condition. Foreign worker training courses that train them to perform their duties properly are also being conducted online. Is it possible to learn the language skills, equipment handling skills, cultural and legal conditions required abroad online? Due to this situation, women who do not develop their skills without adequate training are at risk of going abroad and being subjected to harassment.

We express our disgust and opposition to the government’s attempt to earn dollars by easing the conditions for going abroad and enslaving women. We, the Free Women!, also call on the people of this country, to protest against such irresponsible actions. ”