Do you know who cleans your home?
More and more migrant domestic servants are working in the Czech households. There are specialized agencies offering nannies from the Philippines or cleaning ladies from Ukraine that operate on the domestic market.
Domestic servants, who iron, go shopping and cook, nannies with fluent English or cleaning ladies coming to the client’s house several times a week – or all of the above in one person. These days, even in the Czech households, this is not considered to be anything particularly unusual. There are specialized agencies offering nannies from the Philippines or cleaning ladies from Ukraine that operate on the domestic market. This group of migrant women, who work in Czech households, is, however, also one of the most vulnerable. Therefore, People in Need has initiated a project devoted to this current issue called “Equal Opportunities on the threshold of Czech Homes”. The project is being implemented together with the Association for Migration and Integration (SIMI), the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (EI) and advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather.
The project has two aims. The first is to provide advice to migrant women so that they get an opportunity to know what their rights are and whom they can turn to if these rights are violated. The second is to raise public awareness of the topic which is not widely discussed. Although there are thousands of female foreigners working in Czech households, lack of privacy, nearly 24-hour working day, minimum contacts with their family, feelings of isolations, labour exploitation and mistreatment by the employer is nothing uncommon. Yet, no one knows about their situations and due to the fact they often live in their employers’ families, they have no chance to defend their rights. Thus, we would like to attract public and media attention as well as that of the legislators to the topic of paid work in households.
Find out more on the website www.pracovnicevdomacnosti.cz