Precarious working conditions: Holding women's engagement and participation hostage

Rroshan Galvaan, Izabella Rodrigues, Vagner Dos Santos

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Globally, working conditions vary according to economic drivers, legislation and trade unions, amongst other factors. Work disparity leads workers to suffer from insecure, uncertain, and unpredictable conditions (ILO, 2012).In the past two decades, there has been a growing interest of such issues among occupational therapists and occupational scientists (Pollard, Sakellariou and Kronenberg, 2009; Shaw and Rudman,2009). Indeed, these disciplines have acknowledged power relations and made a shift towards a social transformative scholarship (Frank and Kigunda,2015; Farias et al, 2018). Occupational justice has since been appreciated as a core concept to address job market disparities and promote participation in labor activities (Shaw et al, 2009).In this article, we address the precariousness of Live-in Domestic Work (LiDW) in South Africa and Brazil as a case of occupational injustice. Domestic work is over represented by a female workforce with little legislative protection and trade union representatives in both countries (ILO, 2012). Based on research in these countries we aim to:1 explore LiDW working experiences as women and 2 provide insight to advance social transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-42
Number of pages3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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