Chatting and snacking with leaders of FDWs

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

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 […]

Post-service dinner at New Life Fellowship

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

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 […]

Kartika Solidarity Dinner

Solidarity dinner for Kartika

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 […]

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers peacefully march to Admiralty

Domestic workers form main contingent of HKCTU-led protest

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. […]

(SCMP) Protesters demand Regina Ip apologise for comments about Filipino maids

Open Door joined several Hong Kong protest groups to demand an apology from Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, after she cited complaints from expats about Filipino domestic workers seducing their husbands. Doris Lee, Open Door’s chairwoman, said her comments promoted hatred against maids and she must apologise. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1774282/protesters-demand-regina-ip-apologise-comments-about  

Selma – a movie with a message for Hong Kong?

Selma is a movie about US civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King, at the height of struggle for equal rights for African-Americans, in the 1960s. In Hong Kong, we seem to have less racial conflicts, yet there are deep divisions and inequalities among groups in society – and migrant domestic workers are one example […]

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Former Hong Kong employer of ‘tortured’ maid denies charges in court

Justice delayed is justice denied. We hope the courts can bring justice to abused domestic worker Erwiana as soon as possible. The shamelessness of the employer Law Wan-tung in denying all charges of abuse is breathtaking, given the extent of injuries, starvation and mistreatment discovered in Erwiana at the time her case was first reported. […]