“That food can be so integral to health can be something so simple but easily overlooked.” – Prof Mohan Dutta
The “Respect Our Food Rights” Campaign Launch was held yesterday at the FASS Faculty Lounge and the campaign has since been featured on our local newspapers. The advocacy for better food access to the migrant construction workers highlights the importance of regulation over the poor nutrition of the workers. This would be an important step towards ensuring food safety and security for them.
Join us as we launch our campaign, “Respect Our Food Rights”, which is jointly organised by HealthServe and CARE. Aimed to shed light and raise awareness regarding access to decent and quality food for migrant construction workers (MCWs) in Singapore, we collaborated with 60 workers who shared stories with us regarding poor quality food given to them by catering companies. See you there!
The screening of our first documentary for the “RESPECT OUR RIGHTS” campaign was recently held earlier last month on the 5th February at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium. The documentary was collaboratively produced with 27 foreign domestic workers who shared their stories during their terms of employment here in Singapore. The aim of this documentary is to raise awareness on the various issues and challenges experienced by these workers.
A panel discussion followed after the screening which consists of:
Mr Jolovan Wham – Executive Director of H.O.M.E.
Ms Celine Dermine – Legal Consultant for H.O.M.E.
Prof. Mohan Dutta – Head of CNM & Director of CARE
Ms Juvy Lavarias – Ex Domestic Worker & Advisory Board participant
A Photovoice exhibition was also held outside the venue to showcase the photographs that were taken by a group of foreign domestic workers. This participatory image-making workshops have given them opportunities to represent themselves and empowering them through visual literacy and image-gathering skills. These photos were also aimed to raise public awareness about their plight working here in Singapore.
“Stories of Labour” recognises the need for the narratives of the workers to be told as these spaces of articulation are increasingly limited, especially within the context of the various projects that has been done in CARE. Attendees shared their experiences from their fieldwork and discussed about the notion of “labour” and the relationships of work are organised.