MArcelina – Standing up for Workers’ Rights
When Marcelina was just 14, she left her family and hometown in Oaxaca to become a domestic worker in Mexico City.
Frustrated by the poor working conditions domestic workers often faced, including no minimum wage, or rest days, Marcelina created the country’s first union for domestic workers, Centro de Apoyo para Empleadas del Hogar. Their movement created a community and power in numbers. In 2019, their advocacy pushed the Mexican government to re-write it’s labor laws, requiring employers to give domestic workers contracts, paid leave, and other essential labor rights.
This was a big win, but Marcelina kept going and this October Mexican Congress passed a new law mandating social security for all domestic workers.
Marcelina is a local hero, one who won’t stop until the rights of all workers are respected