Extending social security to domestic workers: Lessons from international experience
This policy brief outlines the challenges in extending social protection to domestic workers, which were aggravated by the COVID-19 crisis. These include inter alia legal exclusion in relation to working conditions and arrangements (part time work, multiple employers, informality, etc). Even where domestic workers might be covered in law, administrative barriers or the lack of enforcement and low compliance can hamper coverage in practice. The policy brief extracts good country practices that can help overcome these challenges in the quest for universal social protection in line with the SDGs including building robust legal frameworks and harnessing the advantages of technology.
Non-discrimination and equality are core elements of the international human rights normative framework. Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that every human being is entitled to all rights and freedoms “without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, […]