I have received several messages regarding an upcoming exceptional event. Filipino women are holding a demonstration in front of the Philippine embassy in Beirut (near Spinney's, Ashrafieh) at 10am, this Sunday (12/12/10), for the Philippine government to lift its ban on migrant workers coming to Lebanon.
When I was asked if I was for or against lifting the ban, I answered "no comment". On one hand, the ban is ineffective and creates a black market detrimental to the workers' rights. On the other hand, lifting the ban will ease the pressure on the Lebanese government (in case they feel pressure at all) and on agencies bringing domestic workers to Lebanon.