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Out of the Shadows: Portraiture of Domestic Workers in Nepal

Anti-Slavery Australia is partnering with Konica Minolta and the UTS Library to host the photography exhibition, Out of the Shadows: Portraiture of Domestic Workers in Nepal at UTS. The exhibition is a collection of striking portraits of Nepali domestic workers, along with their stories, bringing to life the challenges and aspirations of people who still experience modern forms of exploitation.

Domestic workers account for some 200,000 workers in Nepal. Their work is not recognised nor well regulated, which leaves the predominately female workforce vulnerable to exploitation.

The 15 stories in this collection weave a familiar but striking narrative of experiences common to millions of women around the world limited education opportunities, forced or arranged marriage, child labour, caste-based discrimination, violence and poverty.

The exhibition will be on display at the UTS Library from Tuesday 13 September Wednesday 12 October 2016

The exhibition was launched on Tuesday 13 September with a lunchtime seminar: Domestic Workers in Nepal - In Search of Dignity and Protection at the UTS Library.

The seminar featured an introduction from exhibition creator Laura McManus followed by guest speakers Milan Dharel, Associate Professor of Law at Kathmandu Law School and Writu Bhatta, one of the leading domestic worker's rights advocates in Nepal. The seminar also featured Prof. Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and Dr Laurie Berg, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, UTS.


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