Impact of Modern Slavery on Women

Irma Bhoola

Ms. Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, recently presented a report to the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. In her report she spoke of the impact of slavery and servitude on marginalized migrant women workers in the global domestic economy and the responsibility that States have to protect these women. She states:

“The human rights situation of domestic workers, including of migrant workers in domestic servitude, remains largely invisible, as it is confined to the private sphere. However, it is directly related to increasing globalization, macroeconomic policies which reinforce inequality and poverty, climate change and demographic changes that push women into migration.”

The Special Rapporteur concludes her report by listing a number of recommendations for States and for stakeholders.

Download a copy of the report here.

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