Vidhyaa Chandramohan

Mothering from Afar:Migrant Women in the United Arab Emirates
Location: Abu Dhabi
Nationality: India
Biography: Vidhyaa is an Indian documentary photographer based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, her work mainly focuses on social issues , women related stories in UAE, culture and heritage related in UAE and member of Native Photograph, Women Photograph, Diversify... read on
Public Story
Mothering from Afar:Migrant Women in the United Arab Emirates
Copyright vidhyaa 2021
Date of Work 05/01/17 - Ongoing
Updated 05/31/19
Mothering from afar: Migrant Women in the UAE captures the challenges migrant workers encounter while working in a foreign land, far from their children.

Predominantly hailing from the Indian subcontinent and the Philippines, the day-to-day struggles of single mothers employed as domestic workers or lower down in the retail and hospitality chains in the Middle East, lead to lifelong entrapment. Bereft of regular up-close and personal interaction with family members – for years on end – many of them are resigned to lives of depression and trauma, hopelessness, lack of identity and, therefore, lack of confidence. Finding it increasingly hard to juggle between job and the time invested in communicating with loved ones back home, they develop poor food and eating habits, leading to health issues.

Moreover, much to their frustration, many find it difficult to handle the responsibility of establishing a routine for their children who drift into lives lacking discipline and focus. Mothering from afar indeed entails a very big price that these women have to pay.


Also by Vidhyaa Chandramohan —


UAE : Women Breaking Stereotypes with Falconry

By Vidhyaa C / Abudhabi — Emirati women in the art of falconry For the past two years, i witnessed as falconry has shifted from being..

An uncertain future for the carpet souk in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

By Vidhyaa Chandramohan — ..

Emirati Woman: Living Dappled - "I feel it's unique"

By Vidhyaa C / abudhabi — Emirati Woman Nadine Khalifa Al Maskari creates art on her skin and educates people about Vitiligo through..

Editorial Portraits

By Vidhyaa c

Home Quarantine:Sibling moments

By Vidhyaa C / Abudhabi — I have been documenting my children in the home environment, highlights of time spent at home in quarantine..

United Arab Emirates

By Vidhyaa C

Empowering Students through Education : Thai Tamil Palli

By Vidhyaa C / thai tamil palli tindivanam — "Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self respect"..

Rohingya's Freedom to Fear

By Vidhyaa C — Rohingya shared their stories during my visit to the Bangladeshi Refugee camp and witnessed hearing the..

The Boarding School Saves Girls from Sex Trafficking

By Vidhyaa C — The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya boarding school saves young girls from sex trafficking at Simraha,..

Sekar"”Coping with being HIV-Positive

By Vidhyaa c — In 1992, B Sekar was a 27-year-old athlete in Chennai, a graduate in history, looking forward to a career..

The Brides of Lord Aravan

By Vidhyaa C / Villupuram — Transgender people marry mythical Lord Aravan for a day and become a widow the next day. Villupuram..
Join us
For more access