Domestic Workers – Stronger Together
Most of the female domestic workers in India work under precarious conditions. Although laws and rules regulating their employment have been strengthened over the last years, domestic workers often remain isolated and at the mercy of their employers. Together with the Montford Social Institute (MSI), RLS encouraged them to take up their struggle together.
This three year project has been successfully concluded in December 2015. MSI conducted leadership training for domestic workers from various towns across three Indian states. These included information on legal regulations, awareness building and development of practical political skills and how to make their demands and opinions heard. Many of the workers who took part in the training session afterwards build and enlarged their own network of colleagues, making it easier for them to raise their demands together and support each other. MSI also reached out to employers and the general public to advocate for workers’ rights.
The Montford Social Institute was founded in 2000 and is active in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. It aims to support and foster a people's movement for basic necessities by empowering the underprivileged and exploited. The institute is active in the field of housing and living in slums, issues regarding domestic workers, water and sanitation, as well as education on human rights, sustainable development and good governance.