Ecuador: Women Domestics make labor inroads

Posted on March 8, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador, Latin America Womens Issues, Social Issues – On International Women’s Day, a small women workers’ association in Ecuador could inspire other domestic workers to organize for their rights.

As women’s organizations around the world are set to march for International Women’s Day Wednesday, a women workers’ association in Ecuador stands as a pioneering example in the global fight for transformational changes to protect women’s labor rights and empower them in the workplace.


Maximina Salazar, director of the Household Workers Association of Ecuador, has been fighting for almost 20 years to demand labor rights for women working inside homes cleaning, cooking or taking care of children and seniors. And in recent years, her organizing has made breakthrough progress.

“There were times when we worked and we didn’t get paid, we didn’t have social security, there was no minimum wage for us,” Salazar told teleSUR in a recent interview. “All this type of labor violence against us women is what we had in the past.” Read Article

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