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Girl domestic workers in Kenya.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12295034     Owner:  PIP     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article exposes the conditions among children who are forced by their poor families to assume domestic work in households in Kenya. It is an accepted practice for parents to place daughters in households to help with housework and baby-sitting. The Sinaga Women and Child Labor Resource Center in Nairobi finds this exploitative and part of a wider practice that institutionalizes violence against women. The Center was established in 1995 to challenge the practice of child domestic labor. The Center's research reveals that child domestic workers tend to come from large, poor, and rural families or from urban slums. Wages are low or exchanged for shoes, clothes, and food. The hours of work are long. Mistreatment may include sexual molestation by male household members, beatings, verbal abuse, and mistrust. There is little recourse. Complaints from child workers or others outside the household can result in further mistreatment. Action against mistreatment is complicated by the prevailing image of activists as frustrated women with vendettas against men. The Center focuses on rehabilitation, literacy training, marketable skill development, and awareness creation. Counseling includes parents, children, and employers. Public awareness campaigns have resulted in employer referrals of youth workers for training. Other groups are joining the effort to improve conditions for child domestic workers.
M Mzungu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Links : a newsletter on gender for Oxfam GB staff and partners     Volume:  -     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  Links (Oxford)     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-08-04     Completed Date:  1999-08-04     Revised Date:  2011-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101572830     Medline TA:  Links (Oxford)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6     Citation Subset:  J    
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MeSH Terms
Africa South of the Sahara
Africa, Eastern
Age Factors
Developing Countries
Domestic Violence*
Family Characteristics
Family Relations
Health Manpower
Nuclear Family*
Population Characteristics
Social Change*
Social Class
Social Problems
Socioeconomic Factors

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