I am Jem Guanzon. I’m 33 years old, from the Philippines. I moved to Moscow because I wanted new challenges in my life and I wanted to see snow! I have been working here for 3 years already. I have been doing part-time cleaning in different Russian families. Working here is quite easy; there is more freedom compared to when I was working in Hong Kong, but securing a working visa is difficult.
Is Russia is putting up positive propaganda to make everything seem a lot better than it is?
From: Rosecat | Faringdon Community College
Russia as a member of the council of Europe has international obligations related to the issue of human rights. But the truth is that the government has tight control over the already shrinking space for free expression and association. The Parliament has adopted laws to expand the power of law enforcement and security agencies including the control of online speech. But as I am not fluent in the language, I can’t say for sure.
I believe that Russia need a change in their policies towards human rights. Maybe a female in power might make a big difference towards their gender respect?
From: St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
Yes, however Russia is still quite a conservative and patriarchal society; men and women might have equal legal and economic rights but there are clearly defined social roles for women. Childcare is a big problem. I work with families to help them with care responsibilities but this means that only families who can afford to hire help could allow women to continue working.
"Russia is still quite a conservative and patriarchal society; men and women might have equal legal and economic rights but there are clearly defined social roles for women. "
Are immigrants are entitled to the same rights as citizens [in Russia]?
Originally a statement from: PinkPanther | Upton Cross Primary School
- Immigrant workers are often unaware of their rights, and there are a lot of barriers to accessing information (e.g. the Russian language).
- Immigrants may be in need of medical treatment but they are not entitled of free medical help due to legal status.
- As a Filipino, our country does not have a labour agreement with Russia for domestic helpers. So I don’t have a route to citizenship in Russia.
What do you think a world without wars would be like?
From: LH | Chiltern Way Academy
A world without war would allow everyone to live in peace; to think in freedom and live a fulfilled life.