Silent Voices, Untold Stories: Women Domestic Workers in Pakistan and their Struggle for Empowerment

Hardcover | October 1, 2009

byAyesha Shahid

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It is a socio-legal study about law, empowerment and access to justice for women domestic workers in Pakistan. This study advances the argument that women's lives are shaped by sharp gender and socio-economic disparities leading to unequal power relations vis-a-vis their employers, state andsociety. Access to justice through formal legal system is very often contingent upon the socio-economic position of the users. Women in domestic service have to negotiate the barriers of poverty and inequality before being able to employ the law as their ally. To analyse the efficacy of formal law as an effective measure for achieving justice for women domestic workers, a small empirical component is also included in the study. These responses from the field open an often closed window into the hidden lives of those who work in the privacy of otherhouseholds. The voices and experiences of women domestic workers service expose various aspects of domestic service carried out in the privacy of homes. These lived realities also highlight that despite being poor, illiterate and having no means to recourse justice domestic workers can still not becalled as passive victims because in their own ways they resist against oppressive forces and struggle hard for the sake of their families.The study finally argues that in the presence of plural legal frameworks, formal law alone cannot empower women in domestic service. Therefore for an effective implementation of law it is equally pertinent to look into other non-legal strategies so that access to justice can be made possible forthese women.

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It is a socio-legal study about law, empowerment and access to justice for women domestic workers in Pakistan. This study advances the argument that women's lives are shaped by sharp gender and socio-economic disparities leading to unequal power relations vis-a-vis their employers, state andsociety. Access to justice through formal leg...

Dr Ayesha Shahid is a lecturer in law at the Law School, University of Hull, UK. Her journey began at the Peshawar University Campus, Pakistan where she received her education. She joined the Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar as a lecturer in law after completing her Masters in Laws (LLM). In 2002 she moved to the United Kingdom ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195477308

ISBN - 13:9780195477306

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Table of Contents

GlossaryTables of International Treaties and Conventions, Statutes, Case LawIllustrations, Maps and TablesAcknowledgmentsPrefacePart One1. Theoretical Perspectives on Women, Law and Empowerment2. Domestic Service in the Globalized World: Perspectives from the North and SouthPart Two3. Women and Work in Plural Legal Settings: A Critique of Constitutional, Legislative and Socio-Cultural Frameworks4. A Contextual Analysis of the Key Issues in Women's WorkPart Three5. Challenging Silences: Listening to Untold Stories of Women Domestic Workers in Pakistan6. Towards an Integrated Approach: Non-Legal and Legal Strategies for the Protection of Women Domestic Workers in PakistanConclusionBibliographyAppendixIndex