SOCOTU held a conference on addressing the exploitation and abuse of domestic workers

The Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SOCOTU) SOCOTU held a conference on addressing the exploitation and abuse of domestic workers, particularly women and girls from internally displaced families in Somalia, is indeed deeply concerning. Domestic workers, especially vulnerable groups such as women and girls from internally displaced families, often face numerous challenges and violations of their rights.

The internal displacement crisis in Somalia has resulted in a significant number of families being uprooted from their homes due to conflict, drought, and other factors. This has left many individuals, particularly women and children, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, including in domestic work settings.

Exploitation and abuse can take various forms, such as low wages or non-payment, excessive working hours, denial of basic rights and benefits, physical and verbal abuse, and even sexual harassment or assault. These circumstances not only violate the fundamental rights of domestic workers but also perpetuate cycles of poverty and marginalization.

Addressing these issues requires concerted efforts from various stakeholders, including government institutions, civil society organizations, trade unions, and international partners. SOCOTU’s conference serves as a vital platform to raise awareness about the challenges faced by domestic workers and to mobilize actions for change.

The conference played a crucial role in fostering dialogue, sharing experiences and best practices, and advocating for policies and legislation that protect the rights of domestic workers. By amplifying the voices of those affected and engaging with relevant stakeholders, SOCOTU can contribute to improving the working conditions, safety, and dignity of domestic workers in Somalia.

It is important that such conferences not only highlight the problems but also lead to concrete actions and solutions. This may involve advocating for legal protections, strengthening enforcement mechanisms, providing support services for victims of abuse, and promoting education and awareness among domestic workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

Ultimately, addressing the exploitation and abuse of domestic workers requires a comprehensive approach that tackles the root causes, empowers workers, and holds perpetrators accountable. Through continued advocacy and collaboration, SOCOTU and other concerned organizations will strive to create a more just and equitable environment for domestic workers in Somalia.

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