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

Published 14 March 2017 / By Bridget Anderson

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Introduction

This summary was published by UN Women (Asia and the Pacific) and focuses on the attitudes and behaviour of employers and service providers towards domestic workers. The extended summary was produced by Emma Newcombe and is 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, focusing on working time and the importance of autonomy, wages, and social security. This is followed by exploring domestic workers in private households 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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