More than 1,100 Moroccan seasonal workers working in the strawberry and red berry harvest in Huelva, Spain, find themselves in a very delicate situation today. These women, after being contacted by the National Agency for the Promotion of Jobs and Skills (ANAPEC), which manages the circular migration campaign, paid the costs of their visas and travel without having had the opportunity to cross the strait.
This situation recurs for the second year in a row, told Hespress Fr, Noor Ammar Lamarty, founder and president of the digital platform “ Women by Women ” which fights for the development of women’s rights and for feminist communication.
To make their voices heard, ten of these impacted seasonal workers demonstrated on April 9 in front of the ANAPEC headquarters in Casablanca. But in vain. Moreover, the Agency categorically rejects all the allegations put forward by the demonstrators and assert that they were simply not selected for this 2020/21 campaign.
Today, these women find themselves in a very precarious situation, hence the launch by “ Women By Women »Fundraising to help these daily strawberry workers in these times of financial and health crises.
” The main reason for this fundraising is to give them visibility and to be the voice that all these women need to be able to move forward. Indeed, given that this is the second year in which they have not been able to go to the picking of the red fruit, there are more than a thousand women who can no longer afford the expenses of base of their home “, assures Hespress Fr, the founder of the platform, noting that their only hope for work is the strawberry season in Huelva.
Single, widowed and divorced women, many of whom are mothers and the main breadwinners of their families, leave their lives behind to be able to face their financial burdens, says our interlocutor, who is a lawyer by profession. This year, as in previous years, these women paid all the visa fees to be able to come to the pick-up and received no response, she continues.
” Since the start of the pandemic, many families have not even been able to pay for their children’s diapers or medicines, finding themselves totally destitute and in very vulnerable social conditions.“, Assures our interlocutor.
This is why, on April 9, the daily workers of Huelva decided to demonstrate in Casablanca to demand their rights and the improvement of their conditions as workers, denouncing that their contracts do not respect legal obligations.
” They not only suffer from precarious working conditions, but are also discriminated against because of their origin, receiving racist comments on various digital platforms, such as Facebook. Women by Women was the spokesperson for many of them, we had the opportunity to interview them, to get to know them in depth, as was the case with Malika, who told me about her current situation.“, Assures Noor Ammar Lamarty.
For ” Women by Women ”, none of these women had the opportunity to continue their education. ” Many of them are victims of forced marriages, of a childhood marred by violence and suffer all the oppressions of being women in a context in which they enjoy no protection. We have the means and they have the stories, it is time to act in favor of the forgotten daily workers, the main reason for the fundraising campaign“, Underlines Women by Women in a press release widely distributed at the end of this collection, to make known the suffering of these women, but also to draw the attention of donors to come to their aid.
Said fundraiser is still open, specifies the feminist platform before concluding ” Every grain of sand counts and we will continue to make noise so that the stories of thousands of forgotten daily workers are heard ”.