Nepal recently lifted a two-year ban on emigration of female domestic helps to UAE in May, and since then, around 50 Nepalese house maids have reached the UAE to begin work , while the recruitment of 1,210 women is currently being processed, according to Nepalese diplomats speaking to Gulf News.
In an interview with the media, Netra Tandan, Charge d’affaires at the Nepalese Embassy in Abu Dhabi pointed out that following the announcement of the ban removal in May, the embassy was the first to ensure that new mechanisms would be followed from August 23 in agreement with the new regulations issued by the Nepalese Government.
The embassy has authorized ten local recruitment companies to be the sole agents involved in the recruitment of Nepalese female domestic helps to the UAE, and their responsibilities include dealing with complaints from the women for which they will be held accountable.
The media reported that Nepal had temporarily suspended the employment of housemaids abroad on 17 April, 2014 following reports of domestic abuse, and during the period, they worked out the issues and underlined new stronger regulations to make sure that Nepalese housemaids enjoyed safety and their welfare was protected. The emigration of housemaids, especially to the Middle East, was stopped for more than a decade and was momentarily deferred between 2011 and 2014. The government has now lifted the ban as Nepalese women were being trafficked for housemaid’s jobs abroad through neighboring countries.
The new regulation encompasses a minimum wage of Dh 1,100 ($300) and mentions that the applicant should be of a minimum age of 24 to work abroad.
He points out that the demand for housemaids in the UAE has increased due to a shortage in the market caused by Philippines and Indonesia halting any employment of housemaids since 2014 and 2015 respectively, in addition to the stringent recruitment rules from India that has dwindled the number of Indian housemaids hired.
The official also specified that the housemaids recruited from Nepal have to undergo a mandatory one-month-long training and one-week’s orientation course as part of the new system, where they are taught 50 essential Arabic words and how to operate electric and electronic gadgets. Meanwhile, nannies are given behavioral training and cooks have to go through cooking classes.
Mr. Tandan believes that these measures would definitely reduce complaints about housemaids as they will able to perform well for their employers.
Source: Gulf News