中環的另一風貌 與 空間共融

中環的另一風貌 與 空間共融

中環,一個聚集了銀行總行、商業大廈、各地領事館等重要建築物的地方,亦是本港的金融政治中心和交通樞紐。銀光閃閃的大廈高聳入雲,名牌商店琳瑯滿目。工作於這區的都是西裝筆挺的白領,走在此地連身份地位也好像霎時高人一等。這個是普遍香港人對中環的印象,也是大部份時間的中環給人的印象。然而,每到星期天,都有一大群人對中環有著完全不同的詮釋。

合理期望

進入這個不分你我的圈子

在另一個星期天,我參與了由家‧傭同行、移民工牧民中心合辦的走進外傭群體活動,由家傭帶著我們一起遊走了星期日的中環。一班香港青年人和外傭圍在一起,有一起互相了解認識的機會。有一位參與者問外傭她們最為重視的是什麼?在討論中,她們得出的結論第一要緊的是被尊重,第二是私隱,合理的工作量是相對頗次要的期望。可見這一班外傭表示她們是願意努力工作的。

Open Door and MFMW tour of Central provides in-depth experience of migrant community

Chatting and snacking with leaders of FDWs

Since the 1980s, countless hundreds and even thousands of Filipina domestic workers have gathered every Sunday to picnic in the parks, sidewalks and streets of Central, Hong Kong – a modern phenomenon perhaps not seen in any other city in the world. They sprawl across cardboard mats purchased at dawn for five dollars; have their […]

The New Life Fellowship Church – for Filipinos, a home away from home

Post-service dinner at New Life Fellowship

In Shek Tong Tsui, the New Life Fellowship Church is as much a centre of worship as it is a thriving community centre. Amid lively events from Wednesday to Sunday, 600-700 attendees and 450-500 bonafide supporters – 99% of whom are domestic workers from the Philippines – remember and celebrate life back home. That has […]

Solidarity dinner for Kartika

Kartika Solidarity Dinner

Kartika Puspitasari’s supporters met on Saturday to show solidarity with the former domestic worker, who is still fighting for compensation nearly three years after her abusers were jailed. Campaigners and concerned members of the public squeezed into the Bethune House Refuge where she was being sheltered, offering food and words of comfort as her civil […]

Migrant domestic workers speak out

Migrant domestic workers talk about their hopes for the future in a collection of interviews by University of Science and Technology students. Working in cooperation with Open Door and Mission For Migrant Workers (MFMW), the students are investigating how these workers are being mistreated on a daily basis. Their interviews uncovered issues ranging from poor […]

Domestic workers form main contingent of HKCTU-led protest

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers peacefully march to Admiralty

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers peacefully marched from Victoria Park to the Central Government Offices in Admiralty on Friday, demanding the government take action on a range of issues, primarily a minimum wage of HK$4,110 which has lagged behind inflation. “We are now a federation which includes every organisation here,” said Phobsuk Gasing, chairperson of […]

Roundtable draws up next steps for FDW rights

One of the most significant efforts to explore how foreign domestic workers’ (FDWs) rights can be respected under the law took place on Saturday. Nearly 100 non-profit and NGO chairs and leaders, general consuls and their representatives, lawmakers and professors, met at the University of Hong Kong as part of a Roundtable on Domestic Workers. […]

她們的中環──菲傭週日生活團

6月1日,我們參加了由Her Story她們的中環所舉辦的菲傭週日生活團。想不到中環有這樣的一面,每一事每一物都讓我感覺新奇。 首先我們到環球廣場地下,看見菲傭互相幫忙,把日用品、食物、電器等都塞到紙皮箱去,準備寄回家鄉。因為運費不是依重量計算,而是依箱的數量,故所有完成包裹頂都呈拱形,都被塞得滿滿的。我們好奇,為什麼她們把菲律賓同樣有售的物品寄回?答案各有不同,有的說品質有差別,香港的夠好、有的則擔心家人會胡亂花錢,尤其怕丈夫花錢包二奶、有的則希望家人能夠了解她們在香港生活是用什麼吃什麼。

國際家務工日

香港的外地傭工佔了本地勞動人口的十分之一,她們對社會的貢獻真的不能被忽視。 6月16日(星期一)是國際家務工日,這是一個很好的機會去多謝她們一直以來對香港家庭的付出。 歡迎學校、教會、團體和市民,向我們分享你們對慶祝國際家務工日的想法。希望大家能夠以行動表示支持,把謝意傳達到香港每一個家傭!