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“Maria,” a Ugandan worker, paid $400 in 2013 to an agency in the United Arab Emirates that promised her a job in a mall in Dubai. Instead, the agency placed her as a domestic worker with half the salary she had been promised. Maria told me that her…
A female employer and her children are accompanied by their domestic worker, back right, as they walk through The Avenues, an indoor luxury shopping center in Kuwait City.
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Labor Day? Let's be real. The last thing on our minds this weekend is labor rights. Whether we're fortunate enough to have a job or worrying about how to get one in today's economy, we'll focus more on this summer's last hurrah than on the Tuesday-…
Report

 
 Swept Under the Rug
 Abuses against
 Domestic Workers Around the World
 I. Introduction
 Best and
 worst government practices
 Key
 recommendations
 To Labor Ministries
 To Heads of State and Government, and…
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Report Spotlights Violence and Slavelike Conditions in 12 Countries

Click to expand Image In Malang, Indonesia, prospective domestic…
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A letter to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations regarding violations of women’s property rights in Kenya to assist in their review of Kenya’s second periodic report on its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political…
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A Joint Letter to Delegates of Kenya's National Constitutional Conference

Nairobi August 2003 To: Delegates of the National Constitutional Conference Dear Delegates: By enacting a new constitution, Kenya has the opportunity to lay a solid foundation for the legal protection of women's equal property rights. The…
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Human Rights Watch's March 4 report, "Double Standards: Women's Property Rights Violations in Kenya," documented the denial of property rights to thousands of Kenyan women, especially widows. Now two critically important United Nations bodies have taken…
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Millions of women in sub-Saharan Africa are robbed, beaten, raped, and evicted-often by their own in-laws-because women are deemed unworthy of equal property rights. A recent Human Rights Watch report, "Double Standards: Women's Property Rights…
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Letter to CEDAW committee

We write to share with you some information and concerns about discrimination against Guatemalan women workers in connection with your review of Guatemala's third, fourth, and fifth periodic reports on its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination…
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Tens of thousands of Guatemalan women working as domestic workers and in the maquila sector (apparel factories) face widespread discrimination that is sponsored or tolerated by the government.
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U.S. Companies Contract With Abusive "Maquilas"

(Guatemala City, February 12, 2002) Women in Guatemala's largest female-dominated labor sectors face persistent sex discrimination and abuse, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today. The 147-page report examines two sectors, export…