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October 2020 VODW Update

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Organise. Fight. Win.

Launch of Campaign

After three postponements (Parliament closure, 2019 election and Covid-19), due to Brexit politics and COVID19 of our launch of the campaign, finally, we now have a new date for the virtual panel campaign event.

Join us on 17 November 2020 for our event hosted by MP Jess Philips.
Register on Eventbrite HERE

For our Press Release about our call to reinstate the Pre-2012 Overseas Domestic Worker Visa, read HERE

We have nearly 4,600 signatures - but we need 10,000! If you haven't yet, read and sign our petition HERE

And read our Parliamentary Briefing "Why a UK committed to ending slavery needs to return to the pre-2012 Overseas Domestic Worker visaHERE 

Sign the Petition Here

On Anti-Slavery Day
(18th October 2020)

Our panel event which you can watch through our Facebook Page HERE!

We have taken this opportunity to highlight the issues and policies affecting domestic workers. We held an informal panel event for people to understand better the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), a process that identifies whether or not migrant domestic workers are victims of modern slavery and trafficking. Through our own experiences being in the NRM system we discussed how NRM systematically forced us to apply in NRM with the absence of our rights as workers when given no other option but NRM Watch the panel live event HERE

Anti-Slavery International (ASI) "Protect Not Neglect" campaign along with more than 50 and campaigners and charities including VODW took this opportunity to lobby for the Government’s to extend support to the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill so that victims of modern slavery are given the time and support they need to begin their recovery and help with the prosecution of the criminals who profit from modern slavery.

VODW held an informal live panel event in the park to let everyone understand about our situation being in the National Referral Mechanism. We are grateful to our 600 viewers during the live discussion. If you missed this event, watch HERE!

Watch now HERE

"Our Journey" Book Update

We have set a temporary date for the launch of "Our Journey" book on 15 November 2020 with Serpentine Gallery.

To purchase this book here’s the LINK. Proceeds will go to the classes, counselling, and Covid-19 victims.

Read some of our stories from the book and learn more about our plight and survival against all odds:

My Journey in Modern-day Slavery

Am I A Modern Slave?

Close to Home

Class Updates

ESOL

For the past few weeks, we studied the different platforms of social media because we really need those for promoting petitions for our campaign. Different platforms have different functions. They taught us how to write a poem using the style of "Haiku", a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. We are also learning how to write a song using the concept of the apology as a theme. The past few weeks we have had visitors come from English for Action

Here's the short message came from Amira from English for Action

Amira: I really enjoyed joining The Voice of Domestic Workers’ ESOL class last weekend! When I joined, it was the day the group was running a panel discussion to mark Anti-Slavery Day, so after giving me a very warm welcome, members also shared with me points they were going to be talking about in the discussion and why they were important. I learnt a lot from the group, especially on issues related to laws that affect migrant domestic workers and Modern Day Slavery that I knew so little about. I made sure I bought the book, The Journey, straight after class and look forward to learning even more from reading it. We also listened to a song together, read and discussed an excerpt from a book on apologies, as well as shared advice on effective public speaking. I’m looking forward to joining again very soon!

Body, Mind and Wellness

Having our class Body, Mind and Wellness every Sunday is a great opportunity for the members. It's like therapy for us. Our tutor teaches us to control our emotions and be positive always. Every Sunday we have different sessions, activities and we are sharing different stories. This month we studied the self-reflection of ourselves. Roman shows different photos of animals and we need to explain why we choose that photo. These are some different thoughts of the members:

WATCH and join us for our Body, Mind and Wellness Class!
Some feedback from our members: 

Marie: I pick butterflies: for future: beautiful and can fly. Can choose whatever I want to go and decide which one should be good for me.

Mariel: For me i pick squirrel, coz still hunting the food for my family because until now my husband doesn't have work since the pandemic started, so I'll do it all alone to find food for them to survive everyday need, that's all thank you😊

Foulera: Like a butterfly stuck in a chrysalis, waiting for the perfect moment, I am still waiting for the day I could burst forth and fly away and find my home.😒

Financial Coaching

This month we have an interesting topic and that was "How to make better [financial] decisions?"

Our tutor explained to us that we need to improve our finances. Because our tutor wants us to have knowledge about how we can prepare our future and in terms of crisis and also about our retirement plan. Retiring is not about your age, it's about your financial status. If your financial situation is healthy, even if you're young you can retire. Our sessions are not complete if we don't do financial exercise and well-being check-in.

Media & Communication Workshop

Are you enjoying our monthly newsletter? The Media and Communication Working Group of VODW is every  Saturday at 9pm with our volunteer tutor Miss Aimee Laurel. We create and manage our social media accounts to be more eye-catching to the audience.

For the past few weeks, we have been trying out graphic design for social media using different applications like Canva and Adobe Spark and we managed to shorten links by using bit.ly and Linktree.

We applied what we’ve learned using Canva to create Halloween greetings - check them out here:

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For the past few months, we have studied using Google Docs for our Business Plan, we made our own recipe using Google Slides, we also did a presentation for the launching of our book “Our Journey”. 

Right now we are studying how we can make our own website using Wix. It's a great opportunity for having this kind of class in VODW because it helps us to be more knowledgeable in terms of Information Technology because right now we can transform all our activities, studies and businesses online. 

International News on Domestic Workers

International News

Global Day of Action on Care was one of the highlights this month. 

IDWF and its affiliates have called to invest in care, decent work for domestic workers.

EFFAT, EFFE, EFSI, UNI-Europa Joint statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Household Servicers supported by IDWF.

Watch here! 
Covid-19 Update

With growing problem on the pandemic now that Government has announced Tier 2 restrictions, we are also keeping watch on our members work condition. The first lockdown as we reported many have been terminated without notice and pay and we are grateful to all the public donation through our funding hardship fund appeal, thankful to all funders who funded us to be able to respond to the needs of our members but also to all organisations like Haringey Welcome who fundraised for us which is still ongoing (linked below). We are also thankful to ASAI and we are looking forward to our photoshoot with ASAI dresses.

One artist that we would also like to thank is on Instagram with account name Kiwi-Marmelade, every art he makes is directly being paid to the account of VODW. Here are some of his art:

The Haringey Welcome Crowdfunding Initiative is still accepting donations. Access that here:
Support the Haringey Welcome Crowdfunding Initiative
A reminder: the Covid-19 Hardship Fund Appeal that our management team has set-up has been a big help to our members who have been affected by Covid-19 is still accepting donations.
Donate to the Covid-19 Hardship Fund
Community News

On Monday (October 12, 2020), we joined Migrants Organise and others for a vigil for the lives lost to the #HostileEnvironment, who have died from Covid-19 because they did not seek treatment from the NHS out of fear of deportation.

#SolidarityKnowsNoBorder #EndHostileEnvironment #RegulariseUndocumentedMigrants

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We also remember the 39 migrants who died in the freezer of a lory on October 2019.

No mother would ever leave her children behind given the option. We were given they ‘’live or die’’, we chose the option they live even though it’s only hope and full of dreams. But far away in a foreign land in front of us is ‘’life or death’’. We crossed the ocean when the sea is calmer than land.

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