Child Domestic Labour in (Accra) Ghana: A Child and Gender Rights Issue?

Child Domestic Labour in (Accra) Ghana: A Child and Gender Rights Issue? International Journal of Children’s Rights 19 (2011) 217–232 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/157181810X522298 brill.nl/chil T HE I NTERNATIONAL J OURNAL OF C HILDREN ’ S R IGHTS Child Domestic Labour in (Accra) Ghana: A Child and Gender Rights Issue? Peace Tetteh Department of Sociology, University of Ghana Abstract Child domestic labour is one of the widespread and exploitative forms of child labour in the world today. However, the ubiquity of child/adolescent (domestic) labour, together with the perception that such work-especially in relation to girls is important training for later life, normalises such work and renders it invisible. Child domestic labour is thus, largely feminised as almost 90 percent of the children are girls. Many domestics work for long hours with no rest or remuneration, and are subjected to verbal, physical and in some instances sexual abuse in the households of their employ- ers. Th e conditions under which many child domestics live and work, undermines and threatens many basic rights of children. Th is paper highlights the child and gender-based rights that are actu- ally or potentially denied child domestic workers in order to infl uence policy development and implementation, as well as advocacy for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Children's Rights Brill

Child Domestic Labour in (Accra) Ghana: A Child and Gender Rights Issue?

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0927-5568
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10.1163/157181810X522298
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International Journal of Children’s Rights 19 (2011) 217–232 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/157181810X522298 brill.nl/chil T HE I NTERNATIONAL J OURNAL OF C HILDREN ’ S R IGHTS Child Domestic Labour in (Accra) Ghana: A Child and Gender Rights Issue? Peace Tetteh Department of Sociology, University of Ghana Abstract Child domestic labour is one of the widespread and exploitative forms of child labour in the world today. However, the ubiquity of child/adolescent (domestic) labour, together with the perception that such work-especially in relation to girls is important training for later life, normalises such work and renders it invisible. Child domestic labour is thus, largely feminised as almost 90 percent of the children are girls. Many domestics work for long hours with no rest or remuneration, and are subjected to verbal, physical and in some instances sexual abuse in the households of their employ- ers. Th e conditions under which many child domestics live and work, undermines and threatens many basic rights of children. Th is paper highlights the child and gender-based rights that are actu- ally or potentially denied child domestic workers in order to infl uence policy development and implementation, as well as advocacy for

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The International Journal of Children's RightsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: CHILD DOMESTIC LABOUR; GHANA; CHILD RIGHTS; GENDER RIGHTS

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