Domestic Work Is WORK!
Globally, one in every 25 women is a domestic worker. If she is working overseas and outside of her own country, she is referred to as a Migrant Domestic Worker (MDW). Affectionately in Hong Kong we refer to MDWs as ‘helpers’ – but they don’t just help, they work for and with an employer. In many cases, given limited options for child and elderly care, a MDW is often employed to enable many in Hong Kong to be able to work too! So today, on International Domestic Workers Day, we are calling for greater recognition that Domestic Work is Work. Let’s join hands today, and every day, to express our appreciation and gratitude for the vital social and economic role MDWs play in our society, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic which has further exacerbated many of the inequalities they face. #InternationalDomesticWorkersDay #DomesticWorkisWork