Domestic work has long existed not only in Vietnam but in practically all parts of the world. Domestic workers, most of whom are women, play an important role not only for the families employing them but also for the national economy and the labour market as a whole. Although domestic work provides higher incomes than farm labour and other freelance jobs, it rarely meets the requirements of basic living standards: it rarely generates enough pay, adequate working conditions, or secure social protection. Moreover, prejudice against domestic work and domestic workers remains intense in Vietnamese society.
The new monograph Vietnamese Domestic Workers compiled by the Research Centre for Gender, Family and Community Development (GFCD) consists of five chapters:
- Chapter I. International and Vietnamese Legal Framework on Domestic Workers
- Chapter II. Overview of Vietnamese Domestic Workers
- Chapter III. Socio-Economic Values of Domestic Workers
- Chapter IV. Competency Standards for Domestic Workers
- Chapter V. Recommendations and Policy Implications
It synthesises and analyses research findings along with Vietnamese and international laws and regulations relating to domestic workers.
We hope that the monograph will be a useful book meeting the need for information on domestic workers in service of management, research and development of policies and plans of government agencies, research institutions, and readers at home and abroad. The book was completed with technical and financial assistance from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia in cooperation with the Vietnamese consultant team.