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FORUM CONTRIBUTION: The plight of domestic workers: The elusiveness of access to adequate housing

Volume: Volume 14 - 2010

Article type: Forum contribution

Author/s: Tonkin, Anzabeth

South Africa's transformative Constitution calls for a holistic approach to realising the right to human dignity. To marginalised groups, such as domestic workers, this right is not confined to achieving better wages and working conditions; it touches every aspect of their lives. Central to this endeavour is the quest for adequate housing. This article discusses the experience of a housing cooperative consisting predominantly of domestic workers in campaigning for adequate housing, especially at local government level, as part of the struggle to achieve a secure and dignified existence. While identifying formidable obstacles, it also shows the interconnectedness of the various challenges and the need for a integrated approach in addressing them.

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Anzabeth Tonkin

Programme Leader, Development Action Group

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