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在港的移民女性和本地婦女，以及世界各地的支持者聯合起來，參加2017年的億萬人起動革命(One Billion Rising Revolution)，持續爭取及呼籲，停止以任何形式向女性施加暴力。
Migrants and Local Women in Hong Kong: Rise Against Slavery and Exploitation Statement of Asian [Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB)
Migrant women, local women in Hong Kong, and supporters join communities in different parts of the world for the One Billion Rising Revolution 2017 that continues the call for an end to violence in all its forms — against women.
With various participating organizations of local women and women migrants from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Sri Lanka, we reaffirm our stand, forge our solidarity and vow to end all forms of slavery and exploitation against women and girls in the territory.
Launched in 2012, One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to combat violence against women in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering fact that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world’s population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.
Since then, millions of women, men and children in over 200 countries gather for the OBR to raise their voices and demand fundamental change for women’s equality in all aspects of society.
While we also take pride in the victories we have gained in the past, the struggle to advance women’s rights and emancipation continues. In every stage and aspects of our life, women and girls continue to endure discrimination, isolation, stigmatization, deprivation, dislocation, criminalization, and exploitation.
Oppression and exploitation of women are perpetuated by capitalist globalization that causes the suffering of people and workers in the world. Through the years, neoliberal policies of liberalization, deregulation and privatization have destroyed many economies, devastated agriculture and industry, and caused widespread poverty and social unrest.
As it goes into multiple crises, the global capitalist system creates new schemes to salvage itself at the cost of the environment and people, including women and girls. Millions are displaced and forced to migrate for survival.
Hong Kong employs 350,000 migrant domestic workers (MDW) -majority of whom are women from poor countries — and is also a temporary home for asylum seekers with UNHCR card.
Unfortunately, Hong Kong government continues to uphold policies that perpetuate modern slavery and social exclusion. These make MDWs vulnerable to all forms of abuses, exploitations, discrimination and human rights violations.
MDWs are endlessly subjected to discriminatory policies such as exclusion from statutory minimum wage, mandatory live-in, visa discrimination, absence of working hours regulation, denial of right to be a permanent resident, and prohibiting MDWs from changing to other category of jobs. Such policies force MDWs to endure poor working condition including low wage, long hours of work, inadequate food, and lack of suitable sleeping space resulting to deterioration of their health and safety.
Last year alone, six MDWs fell to death while cleaning windows of their employer’s flat in high-rise buildings. It was reported that 144 Filipino and Indonesian died last year with majority suil‘ering from stroke, hypertension and cancer.
Cases of sexual, verbal and physical abuses among MDWs are mostly unreported due to their lack of awareness of their legal rights, fear of losing the job and now a possible blacklist by Hong Kong Immigration under the current “job-hopping investigation“ policy. Such control is created to restrict movement of migrants to make them remain as slave in the city.
Working women in Hong Kong are also not exempted from exploitation. While Hong Kong prides itself as a modern city, many working women in Hong Kong are still in low-paid jobs or are in the informal sector. Their daily struggle to survive the ever-increasing cost of living in Hong Kong is compounded by the fact that discrimination against women and sexual abuses still is common in the city.
To keep such an exploitative system in place, migrants and locals are pitted against each other in order to protect the interest of businesses and ensure their steady profit making and taking. It aims to break the solidarity of the working people to blur the essential exploitation of all workers by a system ruled by capital, especially by monopolists.
Unity and solidarity among people, migrants and local, women and men is more than ever urgent to be forged to stop the systematic exploitation and ensure emancipation of women.
We must use every opportunity to expand understanding and consciousness among people from various sectors. With the growing awareness and broader participation, hope for justice and equality for women will be realized.
Through One Billion Rising Revolution, let us strengthen our collaboration, sharing and working together. Let us look forward to the International Women‘s Day in March with stronger solidarity in Hong Kong and in world to end violence in all its forms against women and girls.
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