Women Domestic Workers in Kerala, India

  • Julie P Lazar Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, St Mary’s College, Thrissur,Kerala, India
Keywords: domestic workers, women, Thrissur, empowerment


Women domestic workers constitute a large share of unorganised workforce in India. Thoughmen are also engaged in this type of work there is a trend towards feminisation of domestic work. People from backward social and economic background are mainly involved in this work. The increase in number of domestic workers in India is attributed to a increase in per capita incomeof affluent sections, increased female work participation rate, disintegration of joint families, increasein life expectancy with increase in morbidity levels. The paper based on survey in Thrissur district ofKerala State in India points out the social factors leading the women to domestic work and also highlights the fact that these women from Kerala enjoy a higher degree socio economic empowermentand also a better wage rate along with good working conditions.

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