Domesic workers in South Africa continue to be neglected.
The outsourcing of domestic work contributes to the race, class and gender stereotypes of domestic work. It has neither elevated the status nor improved the working conditions of domestic workers.
Ladijane Sofia da Concecão, one of millions of unemployed housekeepers in Brazil, accepts a food donation from a friend in São Paulo, May 7, 2020.
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Maids were among Brazil's earliest COVID-19 victims, infected by employers who had been to Italy. Now 39% of Brazilian 'domésticas' have been let go, most without severance or sick leave.
What social protection measures are in place for those who’ll be worst affected by the economic impacts of the lockdown?
Several groups of people are at high risk of hardship, especially those who have effectively become unemployed because of the lockdown.
While small businesses will be partially cushioned by government support measures, there's no support for the most vulnerable workers.
Child labour is still endemic in Nigeria.
Middle-class Nigerians employ children in their homes for a range of reasons.
An Indonesian migrant worker speaks on a mobile phone in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong.
Legal academics may have a big role to fill the gap left by the government in protecting our migrant workers.
Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo in Roma.
While other Latin American countries like Argentina and Brazil led the way on reforming legal protections for domestic workers, Mexico looked the other way.
Critics and audiences of the Oscar-nominated film Roma may be missing important Mexican historical and cultural facts.
Director Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' has received 10 Oscar nominations. Here, a sociologist explains the hidden historical and cultural context of the film.
Dumped waste is a constant eyesore on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub.
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Littering in protest is indicative of a discordant society, and a culture of littering can tell us a lot about a society's ethos.
Informal Head Porters carry take their babies with them in Accra’s Kantamanto Market, in Ghana.
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Adequate and quality childcare determines women’s participation in the labour force and the type of work they can take on.
Most caregivers today are assisting their relatives. What will happen in the years ahead?
The demographics, which include declining numbers of adult children free to step up and potentially fewer immigrants, suggest that this big problem society faces will get bigger.
Filipinos are among the largest group of migrants working as domestic staff abroad, whose lives are often far from easy.
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With My Family’s Slave, journalist Alex Tizon challenges our complacency over domestic workers. When does domestic work become slavery?
Thousands of people are in domestic servitude in the UK, and many are migrants.
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Details are still emerging in the case of three women who claim to have been held as slaves for three decades in a suburban house in London. The Metropolitan police have stated that a 69-year-old Malaysian…
Laws designed to protect domestic workers could also help those trafficked from other countries.
Domestic workers now have greater protection from exploitative employers. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a convention which regulates working hours and prevents violence in the…