Domestic work is one of the largest sources of employment for black women in South Africa, however domestic workers remain one of the most vulnerable occupational groups due to being positioned at the intersection of three lines along which inequality is generated: race, gender and class. Many domestic workers continue to be subjected to exploitative working conditions and disrespectful treatment.
Khunou emphasised the importance of domestic workers' contribution to society:
"Domestic work makes all other work possible... Many of us will not be able to leave our homes and go out into the world and make a living for our families if we didn't ahve a domestic worker managing our households, cooking, cleaning and taking care of children and the elderly. This is very valuable work that predominantly black women are contributing to the economy. They're actually, you know, the foundation of our economy in South Africa."
SERI will be launching a user-friendly guide on the rights of domestic workers on Friday, 4 May 2018.