Alongside India, Brazil is one of the largest employers of domestic workers in the world. The sector has grown significantly in recent years and it employs 17% of the female working population, reaching 21% for Afro-Brazilian women. Domestic workers’ organisations have a long history in the country, and a special law on PDW has been in place since the 1970s. A great positive change recently happened in domestic workers’ rights in summer 2014, with an increase in the minimum wage for these workers. However, the government has not yet ratified the ILO C189.

Country-expert:  Thays Almeida Monticeli

Local workshop: September 2017