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IDWF/FES-Capacity Building Workshop For Migrant Domestic Workers Report

IDWF/FES-Capacity Building Workshop For Migrant Domestic Workers Report

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by IDWFED published Apr 21, 2016 12:00 AM
The report at hand aims at summarizing the contents discussed and conclusions reached during the three-day capacity building workshop on the issue of migrant domestic workers (MDW) that was hosted by FES Tanzania and IDWF from the 19th to the 21st April in Dar es Salaam.

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1 What is the aim of IDWF in organizing MDW?

After the opening of the workshop, Elizabeth Tang (Hongkong), secretary general of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), gave a brief introductory presentation on the nature and objectives of the federation.

There are about 63 million domestic workers in the world, half of which are migrant domestic workers (MDW). 87% of the world’s domestic workers are women. The conditions under which MDWs live and work are often precarious. About 30% are excluded from the protection of existing labour legislations as in the Middle East and many Asian countries MDWs are not officially recognized as workers. This means that they are also not allowed to form trade unions. Around 45% of the MDWs work seven days a week (no weekly rest) and 35% are excluded from maternity benefits.

The IDWF was founded in order to build a strong, democratic and united domestic/household workers’ global organization to protect and advance domestic/house hold workers’ right everywhere. The federation has 59 affiliates in over 47 countries representing more than half a million domestic workers. In Africa there are currently 20 affiliates with more than 100,000 DWs.

The IDWF5 Years Strategic Plan (2016-2020) entails the following five goals:

  1. Federation building : to double IDWF membership to 800,000
  2. Organizing 200,000 migrant domestic workers and with migrant domestic workers in leadership
  3. Through capacity building to develop 950 domestic workers leaders
  4. Effective campaigns
  5. Domestic workers representation at all levels
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