Fellow Since 2002
Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleados del Hogar, A.C.
This profile was prepared when Marcelina Bautista was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Marcelina has created a unique program that combines education for domestic workers, their employers, citizen sector organizations, and community members across Mexico. Unlike other human rights advocacy programs, Marcelina engages unlikely allies like the women in the households that employ domestic workers, the majority of whom are female. She does more than conduct outreach programs in the places where domestic workers can be found daily, for example, public parks and on public transportation. She also extends her work to help provide formal training in job negotiation, advocacy, association building and media correspondence. The domestic workers themselves then lead the effort by training their peers, promoting their rights, initiating public policy campaigns, and transforming the way Mexican society views domestic labor and its workers.