The UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, ended a two-week visit to the United Kingdom today, and she was not impressed. In her initial report and as covered in the media, she voiced some important criticisms, including sexism in the UK, that deserve to be taken seriously. I want to highlight two other important points she’s made.
One of the issues she highlights is how changes to the visa system prevent migrant domestic workers from changing employers, increasing the vulnerability of these women, who are hired to cook, clean, and help raise children. We couldn’t agree more. Just a couple of weeks ago, Human Rights Watch published new research findings documenting the horrible abuses these women suffer in the UK – including forced labor – and calling for the right to change employers to be restored.