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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Arts
Title Invisible contributors in the economy: the case of domestic workers in Egypt
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
URL http://dar.aucegypt.edu/bitstream/handle/10526/3967/Final Thesis-Noha May 14.pdf?sequence=1
Abstract
This research aims to explore the multidimensional problem of Domestic Workers
in Egypt. Domestic Workers in Egypt lack the necessary legal protection, which in turn
reflects on the absence of all forms of social protection for them and their families. In
addition, the social stigma associated with the profession contributes to the violations
against the workers of this sector who are mostly women coming mainly from low-socio
economic backgrounds. This research focuses on women Domestic Workers, who live in
slum communities in Cairo, many of whom are rural-urban migrants. It explores their
challenges and their survival techniques used to face daily routines of going to work,
commuting and supporting their families under those living and working conditions. The
women domestic workers interviewed in this research are not a representative sample;
however, they do reflect real life experiences of many other domestic workers who go
through the same paths of life. On the other hand, interviews conducted with
professionals working in the area of human rights, gender and development have also
added to the researcher’s knowledge of how the issue is perceived at the political and
social levels. The research findings confirm that there are serious issues with how
Domestic Workers are dealt with on the different legal and social levels, and it is a
reflection of the overall lack of state protection to women’s and workers’ rights in Egypt.
The research concludes with suggested mechanisms through which situation could
improve; mainly through conduction of more research to know the size of the problem of
Domestic Workers in Egypt. On the other hand, Domestic Workers’ organization would
be an essential step to establish a strong institutional body/mechanism that would
advocate for Domestic Workers rights through the different channels.

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