It's official! On October 11, JAMAICA became the 23rd country to officially ratify ILO Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers!
In September, IDWF had a delegation of 9 people participating in the Association of Women in Development Forum in Bahia, Brazil. This conference takes place every four years. The theme of the Forum was ‘Feminist Futures’ and it brought together a diverse array of feminist and women’s rights organisations, workers’ organisations, LBTI groups, and indigenous and peasant organizations.
In September, the National Federation of Domestic Workers (FENATRAD) in Brazil held its XI National Congress in Rio de Janeiro with the theme "Ratification of Convention 189, Equal Rights and Organization of Domestic Workers in World." 13 unions of domestic workers from different parts of the country make up this Federation.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an “opinion” paper, to which IDWF provided input, on "the rights of live-in care workers, which we hope will be a good contribution to the discussion on how European societies should address home care workers.
With the support of FES-TZA, IDWF conducted a workshop from Oct 26-27 on knowledge base for migrant domestic workers.
"Our research clearly demonstrates that significant numbers of agencies are systematically charging Filipino migrant domestic workers fees well in excess of the legal maximum. Yet despite this, very few are ever charged and prosecuted in the Philippines or Hong Kong," said Shiella Estrada, Chair of the PLUDW-HK.
The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon - Sushila Rana known as Zogana Rana, and Roja Maya Limbu known as Rosie Limbaugh - without formal and clear explanation of the charges levelled against them.
On January 21, 2017, women will unite in Washington, DC and across the United States for the Women’s March on Washington. We will stand together for women’s rights, human security, social justice and peace.
MY FAIR HOME
We call upon people in our communities, in particular the employers, to hold hands with domestic workers in the MY FAIR HOME campaign to ensure dignity and decent work to all domestic workers.