In Guatemala around 226,320 women are employed as domestic workers, of which only 2% are enrolled in the national social security system. About 62% of domestic workers are indigenous women, and/or internal migrants who have been displaced because of situations of violence. An alarming 73% has reported to have suffered some kind of harassment or violence at their workplace.
In Guatemala, the Equal Value, Equal Rights program works with the “Union of Domestic, Similar and Self-Employed Workers” (SITRADOMSA, for its acronym in Spanish) through CARE Guatemala. Currently, the union has 197 affiliates, most of them are internal migrant women and single mothers. The union’s aim is to unify all woman workers from the labor union movement in order to analyze, improve and protect labor rights and their common economic, social, cultural and educational interests.