Volume : VIII, Issue : VI, June - 2018

Demographic and socioeconomic profile of female domestic workers in an urban slum of central Delhi– a mixed method study.

Dr. Akanksha Tomar, Dr. Jugal Kishore

Abstract :

Background: Labour pool engaged in informal or the unorganised sector is stillamong the least investigated employment conditions in ambit of public health research. Present study aimed to assess the living conditions and physical health profile of female domestic workers in an urban slum of central Delhi.

Methods: A pretested questionnaire was used in a house to house survey of an urban slum to interview 100 women working as domestic help assessing their socio–demography and working conditions. Besides, in depth interviews were performed for key informants (n=10) to get detailed assessment of working conditions.

Results:A large proportion of female domestic workers in the study sample were in late thirties. Although majority were literate but found it as most apt job. Majority were currently married and supporting families ranging from 2–15 members. In about 15% of the families they were the only ead winner of the family.Majority were migrants in Delhi from other northern states of India and few were cross border migrants. Majority of the subjects live in insanitary environment. Job security and job satisfaction are very low. Often at times they are subjected to long working hours and excessively arduous tasks.

Discussion: Participants in our study were all from low socioeconomic status living and working in deplorable situation.

Conclusion:More research in this issue as any other occupation in formal or informal sector is recommended.

Article:Download PDF Journal DOI : 10.15373/2249555X

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Dr. Akanksha Tomar, Dr. Jugal Kishore, Demographic and socioeconomic profile of female domestic workers in an urban slum of central Delhi– a mixed method study., INDIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH : Volume-8 | Issue-6 | June-2018


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