The essence of the engagement dialogue with legal institutions was also to raise awareness and provide basic understanding about domestic workers. It also served as a medium to address cases of violations and discrimination of domestic workers.
Chelcy Alma Aminata Heroe who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer said that in order to reduce the rate of child labor, domestic violence, street trading and high birth rate, it would be necessary to improve their lives and reduce the burden on government.
She added that 1,000 domestic workers of which 90% are women and 10% are men are in youthful age. The assessment revealed that, there is a consistent and high level abuse orchestrated by employers of domestic workers in the Western Area. According to the DHO 95% domestic workers don’t sign contracts with their employers while 85% feel inferior and insecure in their work places.
Mr. Ibrahim Deen who is a senior official at the Ministry of Labor; said such engagement is important to various stakeholders in the country as it aims at protecting the lives of house helps and domestic workers. He stressed that employers should treat their helps with the respect and love they deserve.
Samuel Ben Turay who is the Outreach Officer at Legal Aid Board said the organization should try their best to produce a document and make it available to Parliament to become law.
Domestic workers include cleaners, cooks, laundry workers (wash woman/man), care givers for child, sick people and the elderly, gardeners etc.