International Domestic Workers Day 2019: Respect and satisfy them – DOWAFA.
The Executive Director of Domestic Workers and Family Justice Alliance (DOWAFA) Mr. Mpamire Rex Richard has challenged bosses to respect and satisfy domestic workers to mitigate possible results of workers mistreatment like poisoning, and others.
Uganda will on Sunday June 16 2019 join the rest of the world to commemorate International Domestic Workers Day which is aimed at ending threats to domestic workers both in their countries and those working from abroad especially in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
There are more than 750,000 maids across the UAE.
Talking to our reporter, Mpamire expressed concern over the increasing cases of abuse of workers like less payment, denying them food and privacy, over working them and other cases, saying that a worker is a pole in your home so you need to ensure his/her welfare in payment and other aspects.
According to Situational Analysis of Domestic workers Report (2013) in countries like Tanzania, there are about 884,000 domestic workers in the mainland and 204,000 in Zanzibar, representing 5% of the total working age population (15-64 years) in the country.
Domestic workers are legally covered by the law as normal workers but the sector is highly characterized by informal practices.
The workers therefore still face very poor working conditions; hence, a strong need for measures towards formalization of the sector.
Twenty two countries worldwide have ratified the above convention, and many more have adopted labour law reforms to improve protection for domestic workers. Some are still in the process to domesticate the convention.
Richard also revealed that in Uganda, East Africa, Africa and the world at large, mafias have used labour export to disguise as labour exporters and traffic workers especially girls through East African borders like Malaba, Mount Elgon, and others.
He says genuine people must use airports to export labour as mechanism to separate it from the human trafficking vice.
Specialists continue to call for more training and sensitization of workers on their rights which should be done by government and all stakeholders to ‘Stop Gender-based Violence, ensure Equal Rights,Respect & Justice for Domestic Workers’.