Social Security for Domestic Workers in Latin America - Executive Summary

Paid domestic work is an occupation that has historically faced discrimination. This situation has been socially normalized and has even been long supported by regulations that granted fewer rights to domestic workers and condemned them to precarity. Over the last decades, organized domestic workers’ struggle has led to legal reforms in many countries, which allowed for the recognition of their labour rights. These demands and efforts were strengthened in 2011 due to the adoption of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention (No. 189). This Convention has been ratified by 13 of the 15 countries under analysis: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

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