4th Conference on Regulating for Decent Work

Session on Realizing Rights for Domestic Workers

This session provides insights on how and to what extent institutions of different kinds can improve the working conditions of domestic workers. It covers the impact of formalisation and skills in Portugal, legal reforms in Brazil, cooperatives in South Africa, and wages in the domestic work sector in developing countries.

Audio | 09 July 2015


  • F. Suleman, M.C. Figueiredo, and M.C. Botelho: “The impact of formality, trust and skills on the risk of abuses in domestic workers in Portugal”
  • A.B.C. Koury and A.R.F.J. Freitas: “Domestic employment in Brazil: legal outcomes after the passing of Constitutional Amendment No. 72 of 2013”
  • D. Du Toit: “Cooperatives as a basis for organization in the domestic sector”
  • M. Oelz and U. Rani “Domestic work, wages, and gender equality: lessons from developing countries”
  • Chair: C. Hobden