Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pinoy org in HK launches magazine for domestic helpers

A Filipino-founded charity group in Hong Kong has recently launched a magazine written for and by domestic helpers.

An article on Coconuts Hong Kong said the Mission For Migrant Workers (MFMW) launched Migrants Zine in partnership with women's rights group HER Fund last September 27 on Charter Road.

The inaugural issue of the zine, titled "Work is Work," featured stories and poems by Indonesian and Filipino domestic workers who were trained by local artists and volunteers from media.

Cynthia Abdon-Tellez, general manager of MFMW, said the production of the magazine was a learning experience for domestic workers and organizers of the project.

“Whilst at first it was thought that it would be a challenge to gather the participants and to arouse them to create amidst their work conditions and language barriers, the migrant domestic workers rose to the occasion," she said.

She added, "The resulting stories will speak for themselves and we are proud of our writers and all other Indonesians and Filipino domestic workers who took part in this worthy exercise.”

MFMW is accepting donations to help them continue the publication.

The organization was established in 1981 by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and some religious organizations in Hong Kong.

It was established in response to "reports of cases of maltreatment and other exploitative and unfair labor practices affecting migrant workers" and remains committed to the "Christian ideals of justice, love, charity and mercy." Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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