Domestic Care Industry and Women

Domestic workers are those individuals hired to work in private homes. They engage in paid work for the maintenance of households and the care of individuals, which includes tasks such as cleaning homes, general housekeeping, garden work, and cooking. Domestic care work specifically refers to jobs that involve tending to the basic needs of infants, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and other individuals. Although private homes are often thought of as places of permanent residence (e.g., a house or apartment), they can also include temporary housing for vacations (e.g., hotels), a hospice, and nursing facilities.

Domestic Work: Critical but Undervalued

The domestic work industry is critical for the economic well-being of most nations. It is a major source of employment—accounting for approximately 53 million jobs worldwide, ...

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