Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Be nice to your maids, Be kind to your guests

from The Manila Times

An advertising agency in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, plans to air public-service commercials to promote kinder treatment of domestic helpers in the kingdom. One ad shows a group of women having a meal and the hostess telling her Filipino maid to “get out of my sight.” Another commercial shows an employer abusing a maid and a driver who are obviously from an Asian country. The message to viewers is that kindness is part of the home and a hallmark of the Muslim faith. Reports reaching the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Labor complain that for every thoughtful boss, there are two abusive ones.

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