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Candlelight vigil in memory of Ethiopian Migrant Victims of Saudi Arabian Abuse

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.

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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.”

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Candlelight vigil outside of Saudi Mission to UN in NYC

 

ESAC Annual Family and Cultural Exchange Day

In celebration of Ethiopian New Years, ESAC focuses on the value of family and culture.New York, NY (October 12, 2013) —

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ESAC (Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee) hosted its annual family and cultural exchange day for many Ethiopian adoptive families. ESAC provides a bridge for adoptive families to connect with the Ethiopian community.  Its goal is to make an impact in the local Ethiopian adopted children and to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families. During this event, ESAC members and attendees, were welcomed by guest speakers and a wide array of Ethiopian cultural food and coffee ceremony. Many of the attendees and their children were entertained with live Ethiopian New Years music while embracing other cultural music from many other artists who performed live. Below are some pictures from this event:

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Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee

New York, NY (March 29, 2013) — The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee held its second event on March 23rd, 2013, celebrating the Women’s History month by advocating for domestic workers in the Middle East.

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The event featured a panel discussion that brought together educator, community leaders from different walks of life, including Profs. Ephraim Director of the Semitic Studies and the first Profess of Afro-African studies at Harvard a member of Ethiopian Community, Ms. Beejhy Berhane; Founder and Executive Director  BINA Cultural foundation and Ms Meskerem Assefa within her own will, is a representative of Ethiopian Emigrants worker in Lebanon/Beirut. The chairperson and founder of ESAC, Ms. Zewditu Fesseha and the moderator, Ms. Keabnesh Girma  led the discussion highlighting the issue with continued abuse of Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle East.Image

Prof.Epherame Isaac Director of Semitic study at conference.

 In celebration of international women month ESAC conference march 23, 2013, New York Panelists looked for a solution and collaboration for Ethiopian immigrant workers in the mid-East.

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የኢትዮጵያ መህበራዊ አገልግሎት ኮሚቴ ዓለም አቀፍ የሴቶችን ቀን ምክንያት በማድረግ የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት በሴትች ላይ ያለውን በደልና ጭቆና ለመቀነስ ብሎም ለማጥፋት የተደረገ ውይይት መጋቢት፲፮ ፪ሺ፭ (march 23, 2013) NY USA የዕለቱ ውይይት በወ/ሮ ዘውዲቱ ፍስሐ አጭር መግቢያ ንግግር ተከፈተ በንግግሩ ላይም ይህ የሰራትኞች መብት ማጣት በመካከለኛው አረብ ሀገሮች ማለትም በተቀባዮቹ ሀገራት የቆየ ችግር ነው። ሁሉም ይናገራል ይጮሃል ወይንም መንግስትን ይቃወማል ይህ ድግሞ ችግሩን እስካሁን አልፈታውም አይፈታውም ስለዚህ አቅም ያለው ባቅሙ ሌላው በሙያው በመድጋገ ፍ ሁላችንም አንድ ላይ በመሆን ለችግሩ መፍትሄ አንሻ አሮሮው ብሎም ወሬው ይቅር ወደ ለውጥ እንሂድ በተልይ አሜሪካን ነዋሪ የሆነው ኢትዮጵያዊ ሁሉ ከአሜሪካን ወንድሞቻችን ጋር በመሆን በማለት ቤቱን ለውይይት ጋበዙ። ከዚያም በመቀጠል ወ/ት ከእብነሽ ግርማ (New vision children foundation)የዕለቱ ፕሮግራም መሪ የተጋበዙትን ተናጋሪ እንግዶችን ወደ መድረክ በመጋበዝ ለጉባኤው አስተዋወቁ ።

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Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee here (hereinafter ESAC) is organized under the non-profit public benefit corporation law for welfare and educational purposes. The community in need of social assistance and other concerns, the ESAC is formed as a non-profit organization. Our mission is to (in the next 5 years) bring rights to domestic workers in the Middle East. Within that goal, the source of the problem to solve is to plan to educate the youth to better understand this circumstance. Please help us and donate to eradicate inhumane conditions of women.

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Resolution in Support of Foreign Domestic Workers in the Middle East

WHEREAS, it is known large number of Ethiopian women travel to the Middle East to work as domestic workers, and often most of them are abused, denied their salaries, held in captivity, raped, and tortured by their employers; and,

WHEREAS, it is also known that majority of the governments in the Middle East exclude foreign domestic workers from legal employment protection; and,

WHEREAS, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the International Labor Organization have to put more pressure on the Middle Eastern governments; and,

WHEREAS, the abuse of domestic workers is a human rights issue, which needs an in-depth understanding and a strategic solution within and beyond the Ethiopian community; and,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee has inaugurated its first public meeting on March 03, 2012, to create an advocacy task force to lobby governments and responsible parties on the plight of foreign domestic workers, particularly Ethiopian women, in the Middle East.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee calls on the governments of the Middle Eastern countries where the abuses occur, the Ethiopian government and governments of others countries that send domestic workers to the Middle East, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and the International Labor Organization to find practical and sustainable solutions to ensure that the human as well as civil rights of domestic workers are fully protected.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee expresses its interest in collaborating with governmental and civil organizations that are already advocating for foreign domestic workers and are actively involved in alleviating the problem.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee believes that women’s basic human and civil rights must be ensured, and reaches out to all concerned individuals to join the movement in raising awareness for the foreign domestic workers and in demanding that the abuse they face must be abolished.

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