Vulnerable Women in a Pandemic: paid Domestic Workers and COVID-19 in Peru

Leda M. Pérez, Andrea Gandolfi

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Paid domestic workers (PDWs) in Peru, who are predominantly women, are one of the most vulnerable labour sectors in the country. We argue that an important factor explaining this is linked to national legislation that grants only partial rights to the sector, thus maintaining inferior labour conditions for such workers. Here we share our analysis of a survey of 314 PDWs, conducted between April and May 2020, confirming that PDWs in Peru are highly unprotected, particularly during the COVID pandemic, in which there has been a lack of comprehensive social protection schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Issue numberS1
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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  • care economy
  • COVID-19
  • domestic workers
  • labour rights
  • vulnerable population


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