Think about the people who take care of your loved ones at home – they're often migrant domestic workers. But here's the thing: we are not recognised as care workers.
Migrant domestic workers, like those who help with the elderly and children in private homes, do the same kind of caring that you'd find in nursing homes or other formal settings. We provide emotional support, help with daily tasks, and nurture those we look after.
The problem is, we don't get the same recognition as those in formal settings. It's like saying our care work isn't as important, which is just not right. This unfair treatment only adds to the discrimination we face. We need to change this. Recognising us as care workers would show that we are valued and respected. We all deserve appreciation for the crucial services we provide, no matter where we work.
We are often women from communities that face discrimination. When we're acknowledged as care workers, we're standing up against unfair stereotypes related to our gender and race. Recognizing us as care workers can also bring stronger legal protections to ensure our rights are always upheld.
“Some of our members from The Voice of Domestic Workers, experienced discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic when they were required to show proof of identity as care workers before receiving vaccinations which they can’t provide. This unjust treatment emphasises the urgent need for a change in how society perceives and treats us” - Mimi
Migrant domestic workers are like hidden heroes, we are taking care of your loved ones behind the scenes. It's crucial to recognise us as care workers to make the world a fairer place. By acknowledging our work, we can work towards a society where all carework is valued, no matter where it happens.