Domestic Workers News
Centre launches first-ever survey of domestic workers: All you need to know about this exercise
The All India Survey on Domestic Workers will cover all 742 districts in 37 states and Union Territories; its results are expected next year
‘Barred from entering’: Dharavi domestic workers recount the social impact of the COVID 19 pandemic
Domestic workers from Dharavi still face social stigma as many housing societies bar entry for them. The women blame media’s sensational reporting for the unending discrimination.
“COVID 19 lockdown increased our hardships” - Voices from the women-led households of Mumbai
Women informal workers, who are the only earning members of the family, are demanding immediate attention to their issues of unemployment and financial instability.
COVID-19 or not, domestic work is devalued in India, and so is the gender responsible for it
Despite the contribution of the domestic workers to the care economy, they work long hours often with meagre wages. It is no different as the situation has worsened due to the pandemic.
In Arab States, coronavirus pandemic traps African domestic workers who find themselves unemployed, abused
In Arab states, fear of contagion has upset relations between many domestic workers and their employers.
COVID-19 lockdown paves the way to provide social security to domestic workers in urban India, rethink employee-employer relationship
While the COVID-19 lockdown is the best time for the employers to rethink the adequacy of wages for domestic workers, it provides an opportunity for workers to switch to online transactions with employers
Dumped by Mumbai's upper middle and middle class, domestic workers survive on charity to stay afloat during COVID-19 lockdown
With no public transport and lack of strict orders to practice social distancing, domestic workers in Mumbai have not been able to continue their services for their upper middle class employers living in the comfort of their high-rise apartments.
Jharkhand's Khunti village rife with tales of human trafficking, but threats keeps villagers from approaching police
Villagers in Jharkhand's Khunti district don't lodge police complaints as human traffickers threaten the safety of their families. As a result, very few cases reach the state's anti-human trafficking cell.
Trump administration for cherry-picking best talent under H-1B visa; to ensure work permits not to harm Americans
No qualified hardworking American should be forced to train their H-1B replacement, and then let go," Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.
29 percent of women domestic workers reported sexual harassment at work, says survey conducted in parts of Delhi-NCR
A rapid survey was conducted with 291 domestic workers in Gurugram, Faridabad and south Delhi in June this year.
Financial challenges, social barriers make breastfeeding tough for women engaged in India’s informal economy
When bringing a child to work is not an option, mothers have to make alternative arrangements to balance work and care.
Congress seeks enactment of central law for welfare of domestic workers in India
The Congress on Saturday demanded enactment of a central law to provide for job security and social welfare of the domestic workers in the country.
Centre's draft policy for domestic workers lacks teeth, fails to chart employee-employer relationship
At this point, it is imperative to look at domestic workers as a sector that cuts through several issues like caste and class divides and discrimination.
Tripura to give allowances to female domestic workers, transgenders, AIDS patients
The Left Front government in Tripura on Tuesday announced monthly allowances for female domestic workers, transgenders, leprosy and AIDS patients and anganwadi workers.
India clarifies bank guarantee for domestic workers in Kuwait
The statement clarified that the submission of 720 Dinars bank guarantee by a sponsor in Kuwait is not a commercial transaction as the Embassy is only asking for a bank guarantee, not a bank deposit.
US-India bilateral talks: Employment of domestic helps on agenda
The US today said employment of domestic workers will now be on agenda for the bilateral talks with India with which it is in conversation to "determine the way forward" in resolving the 14-day-long diplomatic row.
Delhi horror: Air-hostess tortures 12-year-old maid, keeps her locked up
A 12-year-old girl has been tortured, abused by her employer who is an air hostess with Air India, reports the Indian Express.
Domestic workers in India face horrific abuse: Human Rights Watch
Roughly 40 percent of domestic workers globally are employed in Asia, and domestic workers in countries like India face "horrific abuses", Human Rights Watch said on Monday.
India has almost half of the world's 30 million slaves: survey
Its estimate of 29.8 million slaves worldwide is higher than other attempts to quantify modern slavery. The International Labour Organisation estimates that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour.