The West sees domestic workers as a luxury, but in many cases in Asia and the emerging world, hiring domestic help is the only solution that allows both parents to work outside the home to support their families. This communication is ultimately intended for anyone that employs domestic workers.
Approximately 40% of Singapore’s 222,500 domestic workers do not have a weekly day off, despite a law coming into effect in January 2013 making it mandatory.
One in five households in Singapore today employ a domestic worker, primarily those with children or elderly parents. A problem arises when employers do not allow their domestic workers to take a rest day each week or informally ‘buy out’ their legally required day off by promising them payment in-lieu.
With the majority of domestic workers being far away from their families in the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar, working endlessly with no breaks for personal time or rest often leads to homesickness and mental health problems such as depression.
We seek to convince employers to give domestic workers their day off by showing that the domestic workers’ absence is not an inconvenience, but an opportunity to bond with their children.