You are our madams, our misters, our agents, our embassies, our consuls. You have confiscated our passports, withheld our salaries, starved us, physically and sexually abused us, cut off contact with our families, imprisoned us in your homes and offices, treated us like Hoovers by getting us to clean multiple houses, made us sleep on your balconies and kitchen floors, screamed at us, and even murdered us. We have suffered in silence while we’ve walked your dogs, raised your children, washed your old peoples’ bottoms, and cleaned your homes. The time of silence is over. Listen up.
Dipendra Uprety was born in Nepal in 1980. In 1998, aged 18, he moved to Lebanon where he was employed in the hospitality industry. While in Lebanon he met and married Priya, a domestic worker, also from Nepal. Together, they were involved in voluntarily assisting the Nepalese community by visiting ill-treated and battered domestic workers in the hospitals and prisons.Because of Dipendra’s work, he was made a representative of the Nepali Consulate. His wife continued activism and volunteered with the consulate. In 2012, they emigrated to Canada where they have continued to be active in fighting for human rights and justice for migrant domestic workers.