Women Resisting Violence Collective author Marilyn Thomson reports from Mexico on the struggle of domestic workers organisations, catching up with leaders she interviewed for the 2022 Women Resisting Violence book.
On a recent visit to Mexico, I followed up on some of the activities of the domestic workers organisations that were highlighted in my chapter of Women Resisting Violence, Care for those who care: Domestic workers fight back against violence.
An innovation by CASEH – the Centre for professional and leadership training, run by Marcelina Bautista, was to set up a helpline for domestic workers to report and talk about violence in their workplace. In August 2022 they launched the ‘Violentometro‘ which lists all the different forms of violence that affect workers and urges them to report these, providing different ways to do so. See https://caceh.org.mx/2022/08/16/violentometro/
They are also currently developing a strategy to widely disseminate the use of their Dignas app, which was highlighted in the chapter, and are campaigning to encourage more domestic workers to sign up for the social security scheme. Social media is providing them with an important tool to reach workers, although not all have access to mobile phones, so it is also limited.
I also met up with Ana Laura Aquino who was one of the contributors to my chapter and she was delighted to have a copy of the book. Although she understands some English, she said would love to have a translation (we are looking into this*).
We talked about whether there had been changes to the working conditions of household workers since the government had reformed the Labour Code and introduced the pilot social security scheme. Ana Laura told me:
Although many of the demands of domestic workers organisations are being heard and they are finding new ways to reach out to other workers, the need to continue raising awareness of their rights and to protect domestic workers continues.
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Main image: Cuida a quién te cuida campaign poster