Help Is On The Way

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iwonder highlights for the month of March include Help Is On The Way, Homebound and The Helper. This International Women’s Day iwonder turns its attention to the women of the world who toil quietly behind the scenes, with a focus on the thousands of female workers who leave everything behind in their homelands to travel overseas in search of work to provide for themselves and their loved ones. In ‘Help Is On The Way’, an Indonesian training centre, and the practice of shipping rural woman off to jobs in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, goes under the spotlight, accompanied by ‘Homebound’, and the animated portrayal of one migrant worker’s experience of hardship and endurance making her way through a punishing system. Then in this month’s iwonder What Top Five, we look at women working hard to break through patriarchies and male dominated fields to achieve something that they’ve long been told was not there’s to be had. Help Is On The Way Exploitation #Family #Enlightening Within the corrupt system of recruitment, training and placement, millions of rural Indonesian women place their hopes and dreams in domestic care roles overseas. Can competent help be delivered when the path is broken? Help Is On The Way brings to the screen a busy training centre in Indonesia preparing women to take up employment overseas as domestic workers. Every year, hundreds of women like Sukma, Meri, Muji and Tari are recruited by local agents who are remunerated after successfully seeing their recruits enrolled and placed abroad. They are among the many women from rural areas aspiring to work in countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. At times highly emotional, Help Is On The Way is also funny, enlightening, and a little competitive, offering a unique insight into a lifestyle not often seen on screen. Homebound Animation #Intimate #Relationships Tari longs to return home to Indonesia after more than 10 years working abroad in Taiwan. When COVID-19 struck, her plans unravelled revealing a lack of rights for vulnerable migrant workers. In Homebound, Tari narrates her own journey and reveals personal stories related to her decision to work in Taiwan, her strained family relationships, the risks involved in working abroad, and the traps she has fallen into. She shares intimate details of how her relationship with her son has suffered, revealing the guilt she felt for leaving him behind. Homebound is an intimate, animated portrayal of one migrant worker’s experience abroad, exposing those complicit in a system that takes advantage of thousands of women each year. The Helper Uplifting #Inspiring #Moving The Helper chronicles diverse stories from Hong Kong’s domestic worker community, uncovering the inspiring combination of grit, pride and determination that drives them. In a city renowned for wealth and luxury, the film brings to light the sacrifices they make to support families – both in Hong Kong and at home. Often seen as the second mother in many homes, the stories show the immense contribution they make to Hong Kong society; a domestic backbone provided to so many. Yet these contributions regularly feel under-recognised, and the constraints suffered by many leave them feeling exposed, and sometimes even homeless. False accusations, relationships and financial hardship often means they struggle for a fair hearing. But the overriding message is a positive one. This film gives a human face to an often-critiqued community, countering negativity with uplifting stories of personal achievement. iwonder when February 23rd, 1913 On the eve of World War I, campaigning for peace, women observed their first International Women’s Day on February 23, the last Sunday in February. Following discussions, International Women’s Day was agreed to be marked annually on March 8 that translated in the widely adopted Gregorian calendar from February 23 – and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since. Click here to read more about the history of International Women’s Day. iwonder who Clara Zetkin Zetkin left her mark internationally when, in 1910, she tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs – and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament – greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was formed. Click here to read more about International Women Day’s significant people and places. iwonder what Breaking through barriers Whether it’s about reaching new heights – literally – for the women battling to carve out a career in aviation, or the proud women of Papua New Guinea and their battle to overcome the culturally engrained subjugation of women, in this February’s International Women’s Day themed iwonder What Top Five, we pay tribute to women all over the world breaking through gender barriers. 1) Fly Like a Girl Courage #Determination #Flight More than just a film, this documentary is a movement of young girls and women relentlessly pursuing their passion for aviation – a field dominated by men. Hear first-hand stories from those who dare to aim higher. From a Lego-loving young girl who includes female pilots in her toy airplanes, to a courageous woman who helped lead shuttle missions to space, this film shows us that women are in charge of their own destiny. 2) Wantok Meri: Papua New Guinea At A Crossroads Rights #Respect #Change A black cloud has been cast over paradise. In the tropical oasis that is Papua New Guinea, women face violence, poverty and subservience even as they are working for their families and communities. In remote tribal villages and towns, they tend the gardens, looking after the children, pigs, and households in a patriarchal society where they get little say and even less thanks. Fortunately, there is a new breed of women striking out against the status quo and generations of cultural law to build a new PNG.

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