Human Rights in Kenya’s Domestic Affairs

A charity in Kenya is calling for the introduction of laws to protect domestic workers, commonly referred to as housegirls, to ensure their safety. In Uganda, young women are leaving their homes to try and find jobs as domestic workers, but for some their new lives can lead to mistreatment and abuse. BBC Africa Eye has been investigating why young women living near Uganda’s border are leaving their villages to find work in Kenya.  On arrival in Nairobi, the girls find accommodation in informal settlements, several of them decide to share a house to cost share on costs. Meanwhile, the influx of girls migrating from Uganda to Nairobi looking for housemaid jobs is making life difficult for local house helps. The girls come in illegally; they are desperate and can take any amount of money. One Kenyan domestic worker tells BBC,” Employers now prefer Ugandan workers for they accept low wages and don’t travel back to Uganda often.” She says employers now pay locals very low wages because the Ugandan ladies are setting the bar too low.


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