04 Feb Capacity Building for Domestic Workers
About Domestic Workers
Domestic workers continue to be a voiceless group-seen but not heard. They are expected to ensure that the home of their employer runs smoothly, but have to do so in silence and very often to suffer in silence. They are abused and ill-treated in the hands of their employer.
A great number of live-in domestic workers are recruited from rural areas. They have to adapt to an alien environment, culture and language. They experience a tremendous sense of loneliness because of the solitary nature of their work. This loneliness is compounded by the fact that most of them have little or no time off and they are unable to communicate with distant friends and relatives. Often, they are not allowed to use the telephone and are prohibited from socialising with friends and relatives who may be living in the same city.
TRI is committed to provide the necessary support for the domestic workers by organising the following programs.
Capacity Building Programmes
These programmes enable domestic workers to be more efficient at their jobs thereby enhances the dignity of their labour in society. Capacity Building programmes are conducted through various means including training sessions, guest talks, exposure visits, role plays, skits, movies, case studies etc.
Some of the programmes include:
- Personality Development
- Employer-Employee relationship management
- Health & Hygiene issues
- Child or elderly care
Workshops are conducted for the following:
- domestic workers and child domestic workers
- government bodies
- parents of potential child domestic workers
The topics discussed include:
- non-formal education
- children’s rights and domestic workers’ rights
- sex education
- health and hygiene
- sexual harassment at the workplace
- implications of migrating to a metropolitan city