Latin American domestic workers, a sector mostly comprised of precarious, informal and racialized women, were particularly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis which translated into a massive loss of jobs and revenues, high exposure to risks of contamination and increased rights' violations at the workplace. This presentation will discuss how domestic workers have been organising and resisting against this social, economic and health crisis while facing a drastic lack of state support. It will show that domestic workers' unions have undertaken remarkable actions to support their members, and can be considered a leading example of resilience and human solidarity in times of crisis.
Louisa Acciari has a Master in Comparative Politics (Sciences Po Paris) and a PhD in Gender Studies (LSE). She spent 2 years working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro before joining the UCL Centre for Gender and Disaster in August 2020.