ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 4, October-December, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
WELLBEING OF CHILD DOMESTIC WORKERS IN URBAN BANGLADESH
Shuchita Sharmin
 
ABSTRACT
The present exploratory study was conducted to reveal and identify the perceptions of the Child Domestic Workers (CDWs) about their working life, the factors contributing to CDWs’ wellbeing and ill-being, CDWs’ and their employers’ perception about each other and the perceptions of CDWs about the future opportunities they have in their lives. Through confidential in-depth interview with semi-structured open-ended questionnaire, data had been collected. The sample consisted of 30-girl and 20-boy CDWs (between 9 and 14 years of age) and their employers who reside in Dhaka city. The study revealed that the perceived wellbeing of the CDWs are mainly due to sufficient food, light work, leisure time, education, scope to play with the family kids and scope to talk to other domestic workers or family members. All of the respondents sometimes feel sad for living away from their families. Other causes of ill-being include being put under lock, no other job choice, very few holidays after long continuous service (for not less than six months), no scheduled work time, no source of mental support, etc. Low level of communication and knowledge gap between the employers and the CDWs were found in every instance. On the basis of the information and suggestion from both the employers and CDWs, possible future interventions to promote CDWs’ wellbeing and to reduce their ill-being are discussed.
 
KEYWORD
Child Domestic Workers (CDWs), child right, Dhaka, leisure time.
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