Dr. Evelyn L. Parker, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology at Perkins, is leading students on a tour of South Africa during an immersion course offered through the Perkins Global Theological Education Program (GTE).
Domestic work is one of the oldest and most important occupations on the planet. It is an indispensible part of any labor market, as its performance allows the economy outside of the household to function. Data from the International Domestic Workers’ Network (IDWFED) indicates that the higher the development of the country, the more important the domestic service sector is. Domestic work includes services within private households such as cleaning, gardening, childcare, driving, taking care of the elderly and more. However, despite the vital nature of this work, domestic workers are often undervalued, underpaid, and exploited. Domestic work is easily accessible to those without legal status and recognized formal skills; because of this, women and migrants make up the vast [...]
“The Peruvian women’s movement is one of the largest on the continent, possibly having the most diversified expression and organizations. This is so regardless of the fact that Peru’s society remains one of the most traditional and limiting where women’s rights are concerned. The Catholic Church’s influence, compounded with the historically deep-rooted authoritarianism of Peru’s society, has greatly affected women’s status” (Vargas, 7). Peru can be understood as a melting pot of different cultural and ethnic groups of varying socioeconomic statuses, with the majority of the wealth being concentrated in the capital of Lima, a city booming with foreign investment and buoyed by a robust middle class. In a piece written for The New York Times’ “Great Divide” series, [...]