Working conditions and attitudes experienced by migrant domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia Emma Newcombe

Introduction

This summary was published by UN Women (Asia and the Pacific) focuses on the attitudes and behaviour of employers and service providers towards domestic workers. the extended summary was produced by Emma Newcombe, based on an in-depth study led by Bridget Anderson.

As does the full report, this summary begins with an overview of the concept of domestic work, a brief explanation of the methods used and the background to the issues in the region, particularly public attitudes. Then the specifics of employment relations in the home are explained, with a focus on working time and the importance of autonomy, wages, and social security. This is followed by an exploration of the ways in which domestic workers themselves manage relations in the private household, and the importance of collective voices working together to ensure that rights are recognized. Finally the study offers concrete, evidence-based, gender-responsive policy recommendations.

– See more at: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2017/01/worker-helper-auntie-maid-summary

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