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Locked In: The (In)Visibility of Migrant Domestic Workers during Covid-19

posted on 2022-10-11, 15:14 authored by Marie GillespieMarie Gillespie, Amy Charlesworth

Dr Amy Charlesworth is a Lecturer in Art History at The Open University. Here, she talks to Marissa Begonia, founder and director of the charity, Voice of Domestic Workers (VoDW). Every year the organisation rescues up to 90 workers who are escaping abusive employers. During the pandemic, in 2020, the number went down to just 6. Amy picks up on research she carried out previously with VoDW and with the help of Marissa they track the changes and the difference the pandemic has made to domestic workers and to the vital “social reproductive labour” they carry out often out – mostly invisible to society.


This material is part of the Covid Chronicles from the Margins project, funded by The Open University and The Hague. The project aims to highlight the impact of the pandemic on refugees, asylum seekers & undocumented migrants.

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