Domestic Workers’ Movement Building In The United States
In November 2008 over 1,900 women’s rights activists from 144 countries came together in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss The Power of Movements at the AWID Forum.The session was held during the Forum.
Organized by: Andrea Mercado, Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Presenters: Andrea Mercado, Barbara Young, Erline Browne, Carolyn de Leon, Damai Pakpahan
Language: English, some Spanish with translation
Total time: 1:24:16
This session shares the current conditions facing women from the Global South who are domestic workers in the United States, and discusses the recent formation of the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance. The mission of the National Domestic Workers' Alliance is to:
- Improve the living and working conditions of domestic workers;
- Win respect and justice from employers and the government;
- Challenge the racism and sexism that has led to the persistent devaluing of this labor;
- End the exclusion of domestic workers from recognition and protection as a workforce; and
- Support organizing efforts among all workers and communities for justice.
The National Domestic Workers' Alliance represents a critical example of movement-building in the United States. This session also discusses the potential of this Alliance to support and engage with the feminist, labor, immigrant rights and racial justice movements.
Audio: Listen to session here
Download slide show: NA