Studies

Over 250,000 migrant women are employed by private households in Lebanon to carry out household tasks such as cleaning, cooking, and caring for children and the elderly. A standard contract for Domestic Workers sets out the basic parameters for the employment relationship, which creates a legal link between the “the worker” and the “employer”. In Lebanon, the employer wields a great degree of power in determining the living and working conditions of a migrant domestic worker (MDW).

How many Lebanese people know victims of family violence (FV)? How do they deal with witnessed cases of FV? Do they trust the police? Do they trust religious and civil courts? To what extent is the media helping? 

-The report was done by IPSOS based on KAFA's request, and was supported by the United Nations Population Fund-

The following study is a first attempt to explore and better understand the demand side in Lebanon where little has been written on this critical component of the prostitution industry. Studies on male buyers of sexual acts are not only rare, but when they exist, they often deal with the health side of the subject (e.g., the spreading of HIV/AIDS, use of condom, use of drugs).

This report examines the processes and practices involved in the recruitment of migrant domestic workers from Nepal and Bangladesh and explores their work and living conditions in Lebanon.

In 2012, Anti-Slavery International launched a project looking at the situation of migrant domestic workers from Nepal, prior to and after they migrate to Lebanon. The work is implemented in partnership with KAFA in Lebanon and GEFONT in Nepal. The activities build on research undertaken in these two countries as well as India examining the legislation, policy and practice of the migration cycle in origin and destination countries, with particular reference to its impact on female migrant domestic workers.

The policy paper attempts to provide policy makers, human rights advocates and other relevant stakeholders with a framework for the implementation of a rights-based approach to the recruitment and employment of foreign domestic workers, as well as examples and lessons learned from other countries to guide in the development of this alternative policy.

The research paper provides a detailed and critical understanding of the social context behind gender-based violence, with eye-opening results and a call for action. Key findings include: women’s role as seen in terms of dedication and devotion to their families, a role which grants them trust; men’s role as provider, decision-maker and protector. Some men consider themselves victims of certain socialization patterns, while others enjoy the power their position provides and use violence to defend their vanishing role.

The brief of this qualitative exploratory study was to conduct targeted interviews with female employers of migrant domestic workers, psychiatrists, lawyers and institutional stakeholders in Lebanon. In conjunction with previous empirical and theoretical research on the topic of human rights violations against migrant domestic workers, the study provides an analysis of the conditions, circumstances of and possible explanations for such violations.

The study seeks to address human trafficking for labor exploitation in particular. The primary objective is to identify and analyze the key factors that make migrant domestic workers vulnerable to human trafficking within the context of Lebanon. In doing so, this study aims to encourage further research and analysis.

The problem of child sexual abuse (CSA) has scarcely been addressed in the Arab World, despite its prevalence worldwide. This study is subsequently unique as it is the first to be conducted in Lebanon exploring and highlighting a problem that has otherwise been left behind closed doors in this region.

Through this study, KAFA aims to shed light on some of the crimes committed against women and girls within the context of the family structure and its relations. It also aims to provide some understanding of the background and circumstances surrounding these crimes and the manner in which these cases are dealt with by the Lebanese judicial system.

The exploitation of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon has been the subject of heightened attention in the media and by international organizations. The nature of domestic labor as work performed in the privacy of homes and away from public scrutiny grants employers heightened power and control. Servant, Daughter, or Employee? A Pilot Study on the Attitudes of Lebanese Employers towards Migrant Domestic Workers explores the general attitudes and practices of Lebanese employers towards domestic workers.