The Fuller Project’s Louise Donovan investigated conditions for migrant women working in Qatar’s hospitality industry ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Her story in The Guardian detailed allegations of sexual harassment, physical, and verbal abuse.
This week Louise was featured on Fubar Radio in conversation with Rothna Begum from Human Rights Watch about the treatment of women in Qatar.
“The country's Penal Code penalizes sex outside of marriage, so if a woman does decide to report sexual assault, police often don't believe that woman. Instead, they're [often] siding with men who claim it is consensual, which can lead to the survivor being prosecuted. Any indication that a woman knew the man is enough to prosecute the woman. Women also need to show that they are married in order to access certain forms of sexual reproductive health care.
So if you are sexually attacked, or, for example, you need to go see a doctor and you're not married, you're stuck. This also means you might not be able to access treatment for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. The reality is tough.”
Louise also provides context around the women’s lives in their home countries, their options for reporting abuse, FIFA’s response to the allegations, and what happens to the women after the World Cup is over.
Click here to listen to their full interview.