Mexico: Profile of Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar
Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar, born October 23, 1975 in Mexico City to parents from Oaxaca, a southern Mexican state. She began working as a domestic worker at the age of 13 for a 3 member family where she didn’t even have a place to sleep other than the floor of the living room. Ana Laura worked in various household with families that did not treat her well, she faced discrimination, violation of her rights, and child labor exploitation with overwork and very long days.
In search of better quality of life and work, she found CACEH in it’s early days in 2002, where she was connected with the job that she still holds today. Since 2002 Laura has done trainings in worker rights, as well as other trainings to receive her labor certification, including Health and Nutrition, Human Rights, Gender, Leadership, and Trade Unionism. Her capacity building has been paired with ongoing organizing and struggle for domestic worker rights to be respected and recognized. She has represented our sector both within Mexico City as well as in national and international forums.
Connected to her work for women’s human rights, she participated in the First Regional Conference of the Southern Cone, “Program to Build an Agenda for Women’s Worker Rights,” in 2012 in Cordoba, Argentina; and she represented CACEH in the Feminist Convening that took place in Peru in 2014 organized by Mama Cash.
The work that she has been a part of building since 2002 bore fruit in 2015 with the constitution of the first national domestic workers union, SINACTRAHO, where she is one of three Collegial General Secretaries.
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