Development cooperation ,20.08.2013

Promoting domestic work as a decent occupation for women


Domestic workers are one of the most vulnerable groups in Peruvian society and the labour markets. Being mostly women and migrants from the rural areas of the country, domestic workers are treated as second class citizens with less rights than others. Domestic work is one of the largest sectors of the informal economy. Although there is a law since 2003 regulating domestic work, it is often neglected and the rights of persons working in domestic service are systematically ignored. The salaries are below minimum wage, often only accommodation and food are seen as sufficient compensation fo "helping" in the household. Domestic workers work up to 16hour days with no 24hour rests, holidays and no right to social security. Working in private household they are often subjected to violence and abuse by their employers. The objective of this project is to contribute to the inclusion of domestic workers as workers and full citizens of the society. The immediate objective is that the domestic workers once empowered, would be in a position to better negotiate their rights and fulfil their responsibilities. The main cross-cutting objectives concerning the Finnish development policy are 1) promotion of equal opportunities for a group that is marginalized and discriminated in the society, and 2) gender equality: most of domestic workers are women. The project will be carried out by the Peruvian partner Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR). Activities are organized using already existing structures: La Casa de Panchita is a local meeting point in Lima coordinated by AGTR that offers a variety of services for domestic workers. In the same establishment is also situated the employment agency LA CASA DE PANCHITA S.A.C. that mediate job opportunities for persons in domestic services, without commission fees. The beneficiaries of the project are around 1500 women over 18 years who work or are seeking for work in domestic services and wish to improve their working conditions and bargaining power. The beneficiaries are contacted through La Casa de Panchita and the ones following a job training are elegible to seek for a job through the employment agency.The main activities of the project are: a. Job training b. Legal counseling for domestic workers experiencing problems at their workplacec. Empowerment through artd. Participatory theatre where domestic workers practice their bargaining power through theatre.


  • 2013: 16 192 €
  • 2014: 14 748 €
  • 2015: 16 192 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Women’s equality organisations and institutions 70%
  • Vocational training 30%

Special target group

  • women
  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities

Funding channel

  • Naisasialiitto Unioni ry
  • Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)



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