8 October 2017

Four years of fighting against modern slavery in the UK

We are truly happy and honoured to extend our warmest solidarity greetings to the Filipino Domestic Workers Association UK on its fourth anniversary!

It has been four years since FDWA was officially launched on 22 September 2013 at St Anne’s Church in Soho neighbourhood of central London with its 30 founding members. Founded as a self-help group which aims to campaign and lobby for migrant domestic workers rights and welfare since the introduction of the UK government’s “tied-visa”  in 2012, the FDWA came together not just to defend Filipino domestic workers’ rights but also other migrant workers and women.

Four years on and the FDWA have remained steadfast in supporting vulnerable workers, being the first point of contact for information and assistance in all areas including legal affairs, immigration, employment, housing, education and social activities, through its active membership of the Alliance of Filipino Organisations in the UK, Kanlungan Filipino Consortium.

Campaigns, activities and programmes by Kanlungan’s Migrant Empowerment Project have built the FDWA’s skills and confidence through various workshops on leadership, public speaking, digital media, acting arts, documentation and the like – which have helped them find, explore and define their leadership and community voice.

Four years on and the FDWA are still fighting modern slavery in the UK and seeking justice and dignity for migrant domestic workers, the once “invisible”, “voiceless” and “powerless” sector who are now becoming empowered to speak out and act upon their plights.

Whilst we know that the struggle will be long and arduous, we are confident that the FDWA shall remain true in its fight for dignity and justice for domestic workers and ending modern slavery!

Four years and forward with fighting fists on from Kanlungan!

Chairwoman, Kanlungan Filipino Consortium
Secretary, Filipino Domestic Workers’ Association