New York, NY (March 8, 2015) — Honoring international women’s day, ESAC held its annual March 8th 2015 event. ESAC’s mission is to create public awareness about Ethiopian Migrant Worker abuse in Mid-East and and to find solution(s) to this horrible travesty. The main topic of this year’s International Women’s Day Celebration with ESAC was regarding women in the 21st century. The topics covered in this March 8th celebration allow us to know and examine where women stance in society is. Are they protected from any abuse issue women facing domestic workers abuse by their employer? This is a Human Rights’ issue. It needs an in-depth understanding of the issues that is related to the domestic worker industry. ESAC is working very hard to get a solution to this problem of Ethiopian Migrant Worker abuse in Mid-East with the hosting Middle Eastern countries by creating a dialogue with the hosting countries. ESAC is trying to find a solution and is inviting and arranging panel discussion of experts advocating, creating awareness and seeking these hosting countries to revisit there employment policy and to follow International Law.
Their story elicited heated reactions from Ethiopians worldwide, putting the spotlight on thousands of others who continue to toil under dangerous conditions in various countries in the region. These surfaced cases there so many of these Domestic Worker abuses are still prevalent. Let the world know, let these countries be responsible in the eyes of the world. Zewditu Fesseha, Founder and Chairperson of ESAC began the event, “ESAC has done its part, how about you? Thank you everyone for coming to ESAC’s annual International Women’s day event.” Below is a snippet of Zewditu Fesseha’s spech from the 3/8/15 celebration:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee (ESAC) is a nonprofit, non-political organization established for educational purposes. ESAC is currently working on Ethiopian women domestic workers in the mid-east countries known as Gulf States. As we all know, the issue of women and girls’ abuse is well known all over the world. Ethiopian women, who migrated to the Middle East looking employment, have been victims of abuse and slavery by their employers.
ESAC is witnessing this issue and has gathered enough information about Ethiopian migrant domestic workers in the Middle East. ESAC attempted to have a dialog with these seven Middle Eastern countries known as the Gulf States. Tried to hem to solve their employment policy and honor their international obligation. ESAC keep asking to open up for dialogue. Until we get a response and see a change; I ask everyone to help ESAC reach its’ goal.
Discussions are good, as it gives awareness but that by itself is not enough. We need to act to solving the origin of the problem. ESAC understand Migration always will be there, for different reason. ESAC believes bring a dissection make them aware need understated and what to expect. Even those these earths belong to all of us but to live in harmony make sure all human right is respected and follows UN common human right law.
As you may know or not recently the Saudia Arabian government has been deporting migrant workers, including Ethiopians under the pretense of them not having the legal right to stay in their country. So it appears that the Saudi government used Ethiopians as cheap labor and when they are finished using them they are deported back to Ethiopia. Once they are back in Ethiopia they try to rebuild their lives. Many of them suffer from mental and physical health problems and do not have any resources to assist them. The Ethiopian Red Cross and some religious groups offer some assistance however their funding is limited. Please help ESAC help domestic workers rebuild their lives, give generously today, so that Ethiopian migrant workers have a future. ESAC gathered information to assist one person monthly accommodations (food, clothes, medical day-to-day living and Education like training), average monthly expense is $245 per person. We need sponsors as ESAC keeps doing and planning discussion forums.
Helping others is good as in the other hand we are doing it for ourself. Please be a member and contribute $5.00 a month and $60 a year. Maybe you may say wonder what is it for me and of course the answer is moral satisfaction but ESAC has the following benefit for members. Help ESAC to fulfill it mission(s).
- Take Amharic lesson and you will get 50 percent discount,small translation is free
- Kind enough, Dr. Rebecca Mammo, of ophthalmology, for small consulting for major surgery, all cosmetic work , you will get 25% discount Small counseling or consulting will be free.
At last I would like to say special thanks to Velma Banks, Louise Dente, Alex for coming and sharing their experience and their knowledge regarding women’s issues in the 21st century. I also would like to give a special thanks the Church of Covenant, Spirit of Thunder Heart for supporting ESAC and attending our March 8th 2015 event and to Paul Medici for introducing ESAC to Laughing man coffee farmers’ organization leader. Laughing Man has made it possible for Ethiopian farmers in Southern Ethiopia by changing their lives and community. ESAC is happy to introduce Laughing Man and invites to become a customer of Laughing Man whether you are a community leader, Church community and much more. I hope to see you all again at our yearly event celebration(s).
Here are more pictures from the event:
Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee (ESAC) in celebration of Women’s History Month, Uses Advocacy to Create Awareness on Ethiopian Women in the Middle East
ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE (ESAC) will be hosting its annual International Women’s Day Celebration in solidarity of support and advocating for Ethiopian Domestic workers of the Middle East. As you may or may not know, Ethiopian women in the Middle East have been abused or killed for years. This travesty is still prevalent and we are asking that you join us and our panel of experts to work towards eliminating this issue by advocating, creating awareness and justice for victims’ families.
On March 8th, 2015 this inaugural event will take place at 310 E. 42nd Street 1st and 2nd Ave in New York City. “As the need for support continues to grow, this month we honor all Women by giving back and making an impact on our local and international communities,” said Zewditu Fesseha, the Founder of ESAC. This month, throughout the year, we are seeing citizens of the Diaspora and Americans using the power of their voice to shed light on their own and each other’s well-being and making a real difference in the lives of women around the world. ESAC aims to mark the importance of equal rights and knowledge of the human condition. We can transform as well as abolish these brutal practices. The panel of speakers, as well as the host will share their personal associations to the movement, ideas for resolutions, and more. In brief, ESAC has held numerous seminars to discuss resolutions with expert panelists to set up dialogue with hosting Middle Eastern countries. We have tried to hold these countries accountable and to follow their international obligation regarding human rights and labor issue in their country. Women need to be accepted and respected in the 21st century so please join ESAC in putting this issue to end.
The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee is a non-profit organization. It is organized under 501(c) (3) the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law for welfare and educational purposes. The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee vision is to support women’s rights and culture. In order to improve their awareness on the issues mentioned, ESAC provides basic educational seminars for these topics. More information about the conference and ESAC can be found at http://www.esanyc.com.
ዓለም አቀፍ የሴቶች ቀን የካቲት ፳፱ (March. 8)
በመላው ዓለም በየዓመቱ በየካቲት 29 ቀን ይንም (March 8.) የሲቶች ቀን በመባል በታላቁ ይከበራል ። ይህንኑ በማጠናከር የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት በዓሉን ምክንያት በማድረግ የውይይት መድረክ አዘጋጀቶአል። ለሴቶች መብትና ጢንነትን በተመለከተ በየጊዜው ብዙ ሽግግርና ማሻሻያም ተደርጓል ይሁንንና ችግሩ በተለየ መልኩ በመከሰት የሚፈለገው ደረጃ ላይ መድረስ አልቻለም። ይሁንና የሴቶችን ችግር ገጠመኘን ለማሻሻል ና መፍተሄ ለማግኘት የውይይት ዝግጀት ተይዟል. አርስዎም የዚሁ ውይይት ተካፋይ እንዲሆኑ ተጋብዘዋል።
እንድሚታወቀው የኢትዮጵያ ሴትች በተለያየ መንገድ ኑሮን ለማሸነፍ ወደ ጎሬቤት የአረብ ሀገር በሕግም ሆነ ካለህግ ካሀገራቸው ውጪ በመሄድ የደረሰባቸው ችግር እጅግ አሳዛኝና አስደንጋጭ ነው ይህንን ሁኔታ ያላየ ያልሰማ የለም። ታዲያ መፍተሄው ምንድነው? አሁንም በሹሉክልክ ከሕግ ውጪ ወደዚሁ ሀገር ለሞትና ለባርነት በመሄድ ላይ ይገኛለኡ።
በውይይቱ ላይ ተግኝተው የበኩልዎን ሃሳብ ይስጡ በማለት የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አግልግሎት ኮሚቴ በአክብሮት ያሳስባል.!
New York, NY (October 12, 2014) — ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE hosted its annual cultural and family day celebration.
The event started with having traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony served with coffee beans presented by Laughing Man Coffee. The Laughing Man Coffee is helps Ethiopian Coffee farmers of Southern Ethiopia. Laughing Man coffee was founded by Hugh Hackman while going to Ethiopia for humanitarian purpose. ESAC appreciates the effort of helping Ethiopian farmers and introducing Ethiopia’s coffee all over the world.
Music and entertainment was provided and all attendees were delighted enough to dance and enjoy themselves. After music and entertainment, Dr. Rebecca Mammo discussed about Ethiopian culture and New Year celebration by Ethiopians. Dr. Mammo engaged the audience by rendition of a Ethiopian New Years song sung by Ethiopians. Dr. Falu, a member of ESAC and master of ceremony, announced the program schedule for the event and introduced the guests. Many hard to find merchandises and books were presented during the event. As always, ESAC has provided a wonderful event where everyone can appreciate and learn more about Ethiopian history, culture and language. Many Thanks to Everyone that came, participated!! MANY THANKS TO: Genet Restaurant, Awash Restaurant, all ESAC members and volunteers who came, ESAC notices and appreciates you all!
Here are some pictures from the ESAC’s October event:
New York, New York – (March 8th, 2014) The panel discussion took place in New York in commemoration of International Women’s Day. It was attended by Native American performers, Beth Lamor, Pam Timmons, UN woman group, caravan TV representatives and all invited guests arrived at 12:30 PM at 310 East Forty second street New York, NY on March 8th, 2014.The panelists were Ms. Nancy Solomon, Ms. Helen Afework (who directly came from Ethiopia who is a student researcher on immigrant domestic workers), Mrs. Velma D. Bank and Dr. Georgina Falu (who is a board member of ESAC and the moderator of the event).
Dr. Georgina Falu- the moderator in red
Dr. Georgina Falu, as moderator, started the program by introducing the chairperson to give the remark for the event.Ms. Zewditu Fesseha, founder of ESAC, welcomed the attendees and gave a remark about the international women’s day by saying ” there is a long way to go in the women struggle especially women from Ethiopia trying to find a job in the gulf states who are experiencing hard times and a lot of abuse”. After Ms. Fesseha’s opening remarks, Dr. Falu brought other guest panelists on stage to elaborate on general Women’s issue.
Guest Panelists from Left to Right: Helen Afework, Bizu Riki, Velma D. Banks, and Zewditu Fesseha.
With this in mind she invited the first panelist Ms. Nancy Salamone. Nancy Salamone is an author and former Wall Street Executive who is an advocate against Domestic Abuse because she was victim of it. Due to her experience, Nancy spoke about women’s issues being very complex and she stressed that we have to work together to address the issues. She also spoke about how saddened she was when she watched a video showing an Ethiopian woman being beaten by Saudi men. She said, “is it a game to show their bravery? I’am astonished by how they could post this video on Youtube for everyone to go and see this horrific activity.” She continued saying” The women in the video was hanged upside and beaten viciously until she lost conscious and it’s saddening to see the world we live in and the abuse of these Ethiopian women. “. She also added ” let’s stand beside ESAC in addressing the issue of Ethiopian Women Domestic workers Violence in the Gulf countries. The beating of these woman in Saudi is a barbaric thing and this has to be stopped and the people there should be taken responsible for their actions. ESAC is working to address the issue and finding a solution for it.”
Next panelist, is Ms. Helen Afework who spoke about the abuse of Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker’s in the gulf-states and how brutal it is. She spoke about these Ethiopian Women not having legal rights, and to consider their way of reaching the Gulf-states (whether it was through illegal or legal channel), no matter what both are being abused. She also showed images and presentation on her thesis regarding Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker Abuse by the international media. With this observation, Helen added “the Ethiopian Government must educate these Ethiopian women/girls before they think about leaving. Even though, at this moment, the legal channel itself, it does not give these Ethiopian women enough support and education to endure the challenges ahead of them in these gulf-states. These women rely on influences of friends who may be lucky and their experiences.” She continued by saying “there is not enough resources for these women and girls to stay in Ethiopia”. Ms. Afework concluded by suggesting that ESAC work with local NGO to help for these women that desperate need and deserve.
After Ms. Afework’s presentation and speech, Buzu Rikki, who is an Ethiopian Jew from NY and founder of Chassida Shmella, gives her perspective of Ethiopian Women of Israel who are also facing women issues (on the international level). She explains that Ethiopian Jewish Women in Israel are abused by their husbands because the man (as the head of house) could not find a job in Israel and provide for his family. For the women, it is easy to find a job as a domestic worker and this changes the dynamic because she ends up being the head of the household and becomes the provider for the family. The situation creates conflict among the man as he feels he didn’t fulfill his duty and abuses his wife as a result of it. This is one scenario of Ethiopian women issues faced in Israel and Ms. Rikki concluding by saying “the abusers end up in prison and it took a lot of work to make that happen”. Often, coming from Ethiopia, with no education, this is the problem these Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker’s face.
Dr. Falu then presented the final panelist, Miss. Velma D. Banks who has organized and developed support groups like the Advancement of Colored People, Urban League, Black Solidarity Day and many more. Miss. Banks spoke about women’s issue being a human rights issue. She elaborate and explained how the two areas overlap one another and how we must recognize this issue. As the International Women’s Day 2014 ESAC event culminated, the floor was given to the audience to ask questions and give suggestions. Many great ideas and suggestions were discussed and ESAC is continuing to create awareness about the Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker Abuse in Gulf-states. Based on the first resolution, ESAC is still trying to initiate dialogue with hosting Gulf-states until a lasting solution is created. ESAC is anticipating it’s next annual International Women’s Day hopefully with this problem being resolved permanently.
Native American Performers
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Contact: Zewditu Fesseha
Adress: 310 E 42nd Street, at 12:00pm New York, NY
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee will held its annual event on March 8, 2014
The Panel discussion is focused on advocating for the right of domestic workers in the Middle East who are suffering from horrific act of various human Right violations. For long time, women have remained invisible in various sectors across the world. Their socio-economic contributions and unique experiences have not been taken into account. Furthermore, domestic violence is one of the deep-rooted problems of women that hinder socio-economic empowerment.
The abuse of domestic workers is a human right issue. It needs an in-depth understanding of the issues that is related with the domestic work industry. It has received widespread news coverage in deferent incident after an Ethiopian nanny in Libya who had suffered from the abuse and severe burns at the hands of her employers that was exposed by a CNN reporter. Also Ethiopian Domestic worker, Alem Dechasa, in daylight in Lebanon dragged to the car by her employer and shortly later reported of committing suicide. These and other similar incidents have been exposed by Aljazeera, BBC and other Medias. The human right violation of Ethiopian Immigrant workers story elicited heated reactions from Ethiopians and the worldwide, putting the spotlight on thousands of others who continue to toil under dangerous conditions in various countries in the region. These surfaced cases, domestic worker travesty, are still prevalent. Let the world know the extent of the problem and the need of urgent action!
Having said these, ESAC kindly invites you to join us on our panel discussion of experts advocate to create awareness and seeking justice for Abused Ethiopian Domestic Workers.
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New York, NY (December 10, 2013) — Despite uninviting snow storm in New York City, ESAC and protesters held a candlelight vigil in front of Saudi Arabian Mission to United Nations in memory of Ethiopian Migrant Victims of Saudi Arabian abuse.
During the event of Nelson Mandela’s untimely death, ESAC remembers Mandela’s contribution to equality and human rights. On December 10th, a day commemorating Human Rights all around the world; ESAC and protesters came together to also remember Ethiopian Migrant Victims who suffered and died in result of their basic human rights being violated. The abuse of the Ethiopian Domestic workers abroad must come to an end and we continue to request and make sure Saudi Arabia is held responsible and that we will not give up until we get a lasting and substantial solution to this problem. We (ESAC) ask that these victims not suffer in vain but that Ethiopians who are still trapped and voiceless, be noticed and be freed without reservation.
As Nelson Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
On November 18th, 2013, ESAC and community came together to join and march for the voiceless. Many Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia, as of recently. Groups are now trying to get funds to help these victims. The struggle for many Ethiopians is still not over, some are waiting to get transportation back to Ethiopia and are our begging for help. For those who lost their lives, ESAC is calling everyone to come together for a candlelight vigil on December 10,2013 and prayer. For more info, refer to the flier below: