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Rights of Domestic Workers

Melida Anaya Montes Women's Movement (MAM)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Gender Equality, Violence Against Women


Domestic Workers are often denied their labour rights. These Women work 7 days a week, irregular hours for as little as $60 per month. Many also face violence and sexual abuse at the hands of employers.

Most begin very young: In El Savador there are over 20,000 domestic workers between 15-19 years of age.

Promoting dignified work among women domestic workers (Phase Two)

The project will contribute to promoting the rights of domestic workers in El Salvador. Through public awareness campaigns, strengthening of leadership among domestic workers, and citizen engagement activities, efforts will be supported to change national legislation in El Salvador so that domestic workers will obtain legal recognition and corresponding social benefits.    

Key Achievements

• Our partner (MAM) developed a proposal for reforms to the Labour Code focused on the rights of domestic workers. This proposal was widely discussed and debated amongst civil society organizations, the State, and women domestic workers. There was participation of representatives from the Minister of Labour, Attorney General of the Nation, Supreme Court of Justice, and Office of the Prosecutor of Labour Rights, all of whom endorsed the proposal.

• As a result of the intensive outreach work to women domestic workers, a large network of women workers has been formed in the Municipalities of Lourdes Colón, Mejicanos, Ayutuxtepeque, Quezaltepeque, Comalapa, San Rafael Cedros, Sensuntepeque and Santa Ana.

• A National Roundtable on the Rights of Domestic Workers was established as a result of these activities.



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