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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic underlines the urgent need for safety nets for domestic workers.

Few workers have cause to celebrate May 1, International Workers' Day, this year. COVID-19 has been accompanied by another pandemic - of job loss and economic insecurity. Domestic workers, primarily women, have particularly precarious jobs and often do…
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Like many white South Africans of the time, I grew up in a home with a domestic worker who washed the dishes, made our beds, ironed our clothes and cleaned up after us. Emily, whose surname I never knew, lived in the small servant’s quarters behind our…
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Liesl Gerntholtz says even though there are huge violations against some domestic workers, there has been progress. (SABC interview) Liesl Gerntholtz, the Director of the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, says one of the major problems…
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Bottom of the Ladder Exploitation and Abuse of Girl Domestic Workers in Guinea Map of Guinea Map of Mali Summary Recommendations Key recommendations to the Government of Guinea.. Detailed recommendations Methodology and Terminology Methodological…
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April 2003                                                                                                                         Vol.15, No. 8 (A) TOGO borderline slavery Child trafficking in togo Table of Contents…
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A middle-aged black woman living on a farm in KwaZulu-Natal described how the new owner of the farm assaulted her in 1999: The farmer was on the riverbank. When I got to him I crossed the river to the fence separating us. The farmer was standing on the…
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The South African government is failing to adequately protect residents of commercial farming areas from violent crime, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today. Black farm residents are most severely affected by this failure, and black women…