Members of the Association to Protect the Family Privacy and the Worker, attend a press conference in Beirut, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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At a time when more and more voices are being raised against the mistreatment of domestic workers in Lebanon, a new association has been formed to defend Lebanese families against allegations of abuse, while rejecting the notion that the housewife is always guilty.There are approximately 250,000 foreign domestic workers in Lebanon laboring under the country's notorious Kafala system, which ties their residence permit to a specific employer or sponsor.Many domestic workers are paid very little and work long hours without days off. Several cases of suicide among domestic workers have been recorded in Lebanon. Helen Atala Geara, the association's head, suggested that there have been systematic "campaigns" by certain organizations to project a negative image of Lebanese families, and blamed the media for blowing the issue out of proportion.This means that the domestic workers must become "second mothers and housewives".The founders of Association to Protect Family Privacy and the Worker claimed that domestic workers are being welcomed into households with open hearts, and are well-treated.
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