Domestic workers

The social and economic situation of domestic workers is not homogeneous. It presents diverse realities and needs, depending on each specific situation. However, a general assessment can be made:

Most of them do not receive adequate remuneration and are unaware of their rights.

State services are not designed to address them, or do not have the appropriate institutional support they should to protect their rights.

Many workers bear scars of domestic traumas, and face further violence from employers, and/or teachers and/or partner.

In many cases, these girls and women access the domestic service sector as a means to afford paying for their education and improve their future. However, the quality of the education they are offered is very low. Given this situation, they show little expectations commensurate with their educational achievements.

Most have poor or no access to cultural and recreational activities. As a consequence, their perspective on reality is limited and they also tend to internalize the prejudicial and distorted models of a discriminatory society.

Often, domestic workers do not realise that their rights also imply obligations, resulting in poor working performance, conflicts with their employers, layoffs and job instability .

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