Abuse of domestic workers in Nigeria
In Nigeria 80 % of domestic workers are women and mostly underage children, it is becoming a culture to bring underage children from villages to assist a woman who just put to bed thanks to the grandmothers. Unlike other Africa countries like Kenya and southAfrica, domestic workers have been organized into association and unions to fight for their rights and regulations of their wages in relation to international labour laws, Nigeria have a structured agency to monitor the activities of domestic workers, what we have is federation of informal workers of Nigeria FIWON , of which domestic workers are part of but they don't receive much benefit from the group because they are not into association or unions.
domestic workers do a lot of work in raising our children and most of the time they are abused, unpaid and also humiliated, we don't have enough NGOS in Nigeria to care for this vulnerable group of women, it is very hard to see must of them because they are always inside the house, they work round the clock, no holidays or leave and they don't eat well.
my organization took the great step in initiating this change by sending me to Kenya to learn how they went about structuring their Domestic workers, we are in the process of professionalizing domestic workers in Nigeria with partnership from FIWON but it is a huge burden for us to bear alone and the government is not supporting.