This text addresses the complexities facing domestic workers in Brazil. Gender, race and class inequalities are discussed, and how these inequalities obstruct women’s pathways of empowerment.

The actions women domestic workers are taking in seeking greater rights, recognition and justice for marginalised women are also outlined.

This study was led by Terezinha Goncalves and draws from participatory research undertaken with women domestic workers in the city of Salvador in North-East Brazil.

Terezinha Abigail Gonçalves da Silva is a feminist economist, who has been active for over 30 years in the women’s movements in Brazil. She was the founding member of a feminist group, has been a research associate and representative of the Salvador Women’s Forum and the Feminist Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. Terezinha also worked as a Special Superintendent for Women’s Policies in Salvador, and is currently an advisor to the Salvador city council of women.