An exploratory study on child domestic workers in Egypt

An exploratory study on child domestic workers in Egypt

In Egypt, an estimated 2 to 2.5 million children between the ages of 6-15 are working as street vendors, domestic workers, agricultural labourers, factory workers, laundry workers and helpers for mechanics (ECWR, 2008, U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs), with the vast majority (83%) working in rural areas (National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, 2004 as cited by Social Research Center, 2007; Gazaleh, Bulbul, Hewala & Najim, 2004). Overall, more boys than girls in Egypt are working but it is not clear whether domestic work is sufficiently counted in child labour estimates as child domestic workers are explicitly excluded from Egypt’s child labour laws and so remain unaknowledged (Gazaleh, Bulbul, Hewala & Najim, 2004).

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