In the framework of the International Day of the Domestic Worker, established
and declared as a day of struggle, we, the organizations devoted to enhancing
the visibility of domestic workers and advocating for their right to decent work
and non-discriminatory treatment, have taken stock of our current situation. We
have also prioritized our demands and debated and prepared our key proposals.
The labor force that performs paid
household work is formed by millions of women and girls of all ages who emigrate
from rural, indigenous and semi-urban areas to the cities in search of a better
life and access to education.
to contribute to their families’ survival forces these women and girls to
abandon their home life and culture and adopt customs that are not their own.
In 1988 we
joined together in a Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Domestic
We have members from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Ecuador
similarity of our situation and condition as domestic workers, we made two
1st – To form a
confederation that unites all the organizations from the countries of the region
in a Latin American Movement of Domestic Workers.
2nd - That March 30 be
declared the International Day of the Domestic Worker and that the day be used
to raise awareness about the situation of discrimination and human rights
violations that domestic workers suffer, and make our Confederation known.
Our goals include:
strengthen domestic workers’ organizations throughout Latin America and
the Caribbean and to support and create new organizations in the
countries where there are none, with the aim of contributing to the development
and enhancement of a continent-wide movement.
further the unity of these organizations, without ethnical, cultural,
ideological or religious discrimination, whether they be services or related
activity trade unions or associations, with the aim of building a strong network
that will enable us to grow and achieve the recognition that we have
historically been denied as women workers.
raise awareness on our situation at the local, regional and continental level.
To achieve this, CONLACTRAHO focuses on denouncing the exploitation,
marginalization, and social and labor discrimination suffered by the majority of
domestic workers. Our actions are also aimed at supporting the specific demands
raised by each of these organizations, taking into account the social, cultural
and economic diversity of the Americas and the particularities of each
We hereby state:
domestic workers and women we are victims of racial, ethnic, political,
institutional and social violence.
practice we are still denied our social and collective rights.
-That we are
discriminated because we are women, indigenous and poor and because of our
condition as domestic workers.
-That our work
is not recognized socially or economically.
-That the law
discriminates us and that this is due to the fact that we are not acknowledged
as subjects of the law.
culture continues to foster the belief that domestic work is women’s work and we
are encouraged to educate our children in that belief.
-That we are
not recognized by society as workers despite the importance of our work.
invisibility relegates us to the private sphere, limiting our access to the
education we need to know our rights and excluding us from participating in
politics where we can fight to enforce our rights.
policy-makers lack the political will to reform our laws so that our rights as
domestic workers are recognized.
-That there are
no policies that focus specifically on domestic workers.
demands of domestic workers are not included in the agendas of governments and
-That we join
efforts to achieve the recognition of the value of both paid and non-paid
domestic workers and the recognition and enjoyment of our human rights.
-That a fair
law be passed guaranteeing us the same treatment that all other workers receive.
workers we are willing to fight for equal labor rights, decent work and fair
treatment, but governments must also take responsibility and adopt legislation
to guarantee our rights, recognize and dignify domestic work and strive to
achieve equal conditions for these workers in accordance with International
Labor Organization (ILO) conventions and other international instruments
regarding women’s rights, and to ban the worst forms of domestic child labor,
forced labor, migration and human trafficking.
Secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Domestic Workers