BOGOTA (Reuters) - The majority of migrant Venezuelan women living in Colombia work informally in unstable jobs which risk their fundamental rights such as access to healthcare, education and housing, a report by academics and humanitarians said on Wednesday.
More than 90% of Venezuelan women in Colombia work long hours for which they are paid lower than the minimum monthly wage of about $240, according to an investigation by Canadian charity Cuso International and the Universidad Externado de Colombia.
“There is a situation of structural violence against women migrants in Colombia, which can be seen in working environments,” Alejandro Matos, Cuso International’s Colombia director, told Reuters.
The investigation found that while the average monthly income of a formally employed Colombian woman is 1.45 million pesos (about $400), a Venezuelan woman working informally receives 785,000 pesos - below the legal minimum wage.
In some cases, women migrants face xenophobia and stigmatization related to sex work, the study found.
humanitarians, Alejandro Matos, Cuso
Cuso International, Universidad Externado, Reuters, United Nations, Refugees
BOGOTA, Colombia, Colombian, Venezuelan