Thursday, June 20, 2024

It’s 2024 and domestic help is still undervalued

Over the years, domestic workers have become integral to the smooth running of many households. They pick up after the children, fetch them from school, accompany their elderly charges to the hospital and keep homes tidy, among their many roles.

“I was treated like a second-class citizen in the home where I used to work at in Gaborone, maybe because I am from Zimbabwe. I was not allowed to share the same living quarters with the rest of the family; in fact, I lived in a dirty and cramped servant’s quarters. I was told to use a different set of utensils to eat, for some reason as if they I am not worthy to use the same as the family I lived with.” Blessing Moyo is one of the many foreign domestic workers in the country who work under tough conditions in their employer’s homes.

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