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Little Steps, Big Footprints: Chronicling The Legacy of Frontline Social Workers in India’s Fight against COVID-19

“Everyone I speak with is in need of some form of help, but ultimately, we have our limitations.” Hargun Kaur, intern at the Martha Farrell Foundation. When the Martha Farrell Foundation and women domestic workers began a COVID-19 Relief Distribution … Continue reading

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हाशिए पर घरेलू कामगारों की सुरक्षा

"24 घंटे का काम पकड़ा है मजबूरी में, अभी 5 दिन ही हुए है पर डर सा लगता है। कुछ हुआ नहीं है अब तक, पर घर के लोगों का व्यवहार अजीब सा है मेरे लिए। जैसे मैं कोई इंसान … Continue reading

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Post-Second Wave, Domestic Workers At At Higher Risk Of Sexual Harassment At Work Than Ever

“When his children and grandchildren would go out, he would purposely stay home and keep following me around. He would pat my back, but then his hands would wander. I tried to ignore it. I knew no one would believe … Continue reading

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Living with HIV, I am not even sure if I am eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination

My name is Rani (name changed) and I am 32 years of age. I live in Nehru Camp of New Delhi with my mother and my two children. I came to Delhi several years back with my husband. Shortly after … Continue reading

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I tested positive because my employers didn’t tell me I was working for a COVID patient

In Dakshinpuri, Suman, a domestic worker, faces a troubling reality. In the second wave of the pandemic, she had been dismissed from all the houses where she had worked. She was working in a kothi last month when another domestic … Continue reading

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Kaam wali chahiye? Meri biwi ko rakh lo! Life is very frightening for domestic workers right now

A late night conversation with Lata has just ended. Lata is a domestic worker, 27 and a single parent to two little girls aged 11 and 9. She was married at the tender age of 13, and had four children. … Continue reading

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I was scared to take care of a COVID positive patient, but I was desperate too

Kamala lives with her 3 children (2 daughters and 1 son) and their father in Gautampuri, New Delhi in a small one room house with an attached bathroom that also serves as a kitchen. As the sole earning member of … Continue reading

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The debt keeps on mounting; I feel I am trapped in a vicious circle

My name is Ratna and I am 37 years of age. I am a resident of Govindpuri in New Delhi. I have moved to Delhi from Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. I have been working as a domestic worker for as long … Continue reading

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We’re surviving this lockdown by relying on donation drives

My name is Neelu and I am 32 years of age. I live in Govindpuri, Delhi with my children. I came to this city after my husband left us, and my father helped me in settling here. He was also … Continue reading

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I tested positive for COVID and my family lost a huge portion of our income

My name is Salma Khatoon. I have been living in Indira Camp, Andrews Ganj in Delhi for 20 years now. I moved here from Darjeeling. People in my hometown would say there are many opportunities in Delhi, so I decided … Continue reading

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