Beyond the walls: Microdata on domestic workers in North East India

“The nearly 12,000 surveys in this new Domestic Workers Dataset offer a unique opportunity to understand people at high risk of labour exploitation whose lives are hidden from view—whose work was previously unobservable in such a detailed, large-scale way. In 2019-20, the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham conducted an analysis on this microdata (information at the level of individual respondents). The dataset opens a window into not only these workers’ lives and circumstances, but also a pressing global problem of exploited labour; one that sits at the intersection of sustainable development, human rights, labour rights, and criminal justice. This report introduces the major findings of the analysis and presents and discusses the data in detail. It places the Domestic Workers Dataset in the contexts of social justice data-gathering, data innovations for the anti-slavery field, the data-gathering initiatives of front-line organisations, and datasets on domestic work, and it makes suggestions for policy responses and for follow-on research in this area. The report was prepared by the Rights Lab (University of Nottingham) for the Adivasi Students Association of Assam with the support of the Arise Foundation, DBM and CDI. The report was authored with contributions by members of the Rights Lab research team: James Goulding, Catherine Waite, Zoe Trodd, Doreen Boyd, Todd Landman, Emily Wyman, Laoise Ní Bhriain, and Caroline Emberson.”

Source: University of Nottingham Rights Lab

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