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Theme: Informal Economy
Program(s): Social Protection
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
By Preiss, Danielle and Pragati Shahi, .

Two years ago, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed Sita Kumal’s house in Nepal’s Gorkha district — 65 miles from the capital Kathmandu and the area hardest hit by the disaster... Last April, she accepted the offer of a local agent to find her a job as a housemaid in Dubai, where she’d earn around $290 a month.

United States Protecting Rights of Domestic Workers in Massachusetts Portside . (7 April 2015)

Last summer, Massachusetts became the fourth state in the nation to enact a bill of rights for domestic workers, establishing labor standards and granting basic protections to nannies, housekeepers, and other in-home caregivers.

United States Home Care Workers Rely on Unions, and We Rely on Them Huffington Post . (16 May 2014)
By Poo, Ai-jen.

Union membership ensures the wellbeing of home care workers and those they care for.

South África Main challenges of organising vulnerable workers Business Report . (28 March 2014)
By Horn, Pat.

Workers are vulnerable to dismissal, to bad health and safety conditions, and to pay that does not meet their needs.

Brazil Brazilian Maids Get Same Rights as Salaried Workers Agence France-Presse . (3 April 2013)

An amendment to Brazil's constitution that came into effect Wednesday grants more than six million domestic workers -- maids, nannies and others -- the same rights as salaried workers. The amendment states that domestic employees, which include personal drivers and home-health aides for the elderly, should work a maximum 44 hours a week, with bonuses for overtime and a special rate for night work.

Ghana Stakeholders Hold Forum On Working Conditions Of Vulnerable Groups In Accra Government of Ghana Portal . (3 December 2012)

As part of efforts to protect vulnerable groups against abuses, a Stakeholders Forum on the Working Conditions of Street Vendors, Head Porters and Domestic Workers, yesterday, took place in Accra. It was organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in collaboration with the Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising (WIEGO).

India Migrant Workers from Kerala Being Exploited: Ela Bhatt The Times of India . (30 November 2012)
By George, Anjana.

Social activist Ela Bhatt has said that the domestic workers who migrated from Kerala are exploited very badly in other Indian states and it is the need of the hour that they are given adequate support.

The ‘Esther Project’ is set to launch the much anticipated music video written by Princess Asie Ocansey of Ghana called: ‘Ratify C189-Protect Domestic Workers Now!’ on October 12, 2012 at the International Conference center in Accra.

By Shirodkar, Suja Nair.

Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA), a trade union for poor, self-employed women workers, recently sent a representation to the ministry of health seeking urgent intervention to address the issues of occupational health hazards faced by the workers of unorganised sector.

United States Policy Matters: The Informal Economy Harvard Kennedy School News . (17 May 2012)
By Megias, Mari.

On a tour of a slum settlement in Ahmedabad City, India, Martha “Marty” Chen paused when she noticed a woman hunched over a neat row of little pill bottles.