The city of invisible women
In Kosovo, many women turn to care and domestic work. Highly feminized, this line of work has never been regulated by the state, thus creating disparities in the labor market. Invisible to law, care and domestic workers are left at the mercy of their employers for just treatment.
The life story approach of oral history interviews covers only a fraction of experiences of care and domestic workers but offers valuable insights into the unregulated economy in Kosovo. The interviews center around a few open-ended questions about childhood recollections before, during, and after the war, and descriptions of their home, school, and experiences at the workplace.
The narrators were between 22 and 65 years of age. The video recordings lasted between 60 and 180 minutes. Due to their requests for anonymity, we have turned their video-interviews into audio and edited them into two to eight minute stories.
Renea Begolli, Dafina Tahiri and Chester Eng
"I don’t know how to explain it, when you go to a house for the first time, it’s like a foreign country. I don’t know, I’ve never been abroad, but it's the same as when you go to a foreign country where you don’t know the environment… to start from zero it’s quite a hard job."