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India: "Decent Work for Domestic Workers": All India Jingle Writing Competition

India: "Decent Work for Domestic Workers": All India Jingle Writing Competition

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 09, 2017 11:40 PM

ILO launches a jingle competition to recognize ‘Domestic Work is Work”. This competition is organized by the ‘Work in Freedom Programme’ of the International Labour Organization.

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Global: International guidelines are one path to pushing for decent living and working conditions of migrants - report on the Regional Consultation on the UN Compact on Migration

Global: International guidelines are one path to pushing for decent living and working conditions of migrants - report on the Regional Consultation on the UN Compact on Migration

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 14, 2017 12:42 PM

Updates on the UN Global Compact for Migration - A report on the Asian Regional Consultation, Bangkok-Thailand, August 4 & 5, 2017

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Mexico: SINACTRAHO begins a collective contract campaign

Mexico: SINACTRAHO begins a collective contract campaign

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 25, 2017 06:21 PM

SINACTRAHO begins a collective contract campaign and it made a history.

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Spain: Grupo Turin delivered 100,000 signatures urging for ratification of C189

Spain: Grupo Turin delivered 100,000 signatures urging for ratification of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 14, 2017 05:33 PM

On July 13, the Grupo Turin delivered 100,000 signatures collected to the Ministry of Employment and Social Security collected online.

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India: A domestic worker was allegedly beaten up by her employer, leading to protests by her villagers

India: A domestic worker was allegedly beaten up by her employer, leading to protests by her villagers

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 17, 2017 05:51 PM

Residents of an apartment complex in Noida woke up to a riot-like situation on Wednesday morning, when a mob stormed its gates and vandalised the premises alleging that one of its residents had assaulted a domestic worker.

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Jamaica: Shirley Pryce is CARICOM "Woman of the Year"

Jamaica: Shirley Pryce is CARICOM "Woman of the Year"

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 14, 2017 05:11 PM

Shirley Pryce, also a leader of the IDWF, member of our Executive Committee. She is a fighter and determined leader. She truly deserves this award and our sincere congratulations!

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Global: Domestic Workers Speak - A global struggle for rights and recognition (video)

Global: Domestic Workers Speak - A global struggle for rights and recognition (video)

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2017 06:07 PM

International Domestic Workers Rights Day – June 16 – celebrates the 67 million mainly women workers who do the behind the scenes work to keep our lives, societies and economies functioning.

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Global: Thousands of domestic workers celebrated the International Domestic Workers Day on June 16

Global: Thousands of domestic workers celebrated the International Domestic Workers Day on June 16

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 08, 2017 03:25 PM

Thousands of domestic workers celebrated the International Domestic Workers Day on June 16

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Canada: Caregivers Speak Out! International Domestic Workers Day 2017

Canada: Caregivers Speak Out! International Domestic Workers Day 2017

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 29, 2017 06:13 PM

Since the early 1900s when women began migrating to Canada to work as caregivers, we have been organizing. And we will continue organizing until Canada ratifies ILO Convention 189, until caregivers have permanent residency status upon arrival, and until all caregivers are treated with respect and dignity.

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Italy: Myrtle Witbooi's Speech at the DomEQUAL EVENT on Anti-Racist & Feminist Movements

Italy: Myrtle Witbooi's Speech at the DomEQUAL EVENT on Anti-Racist & Feminist Movements

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 29, 2017 06:16 PM

DomEQUAL EVENT SERIES Venice Symposium #2 - The Global Fight For Domestic Workers’ Rights

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Global: International Domestic Workers Day June 16 2017, the IDWF calls for "All for one, One for all: Dignity and Decent Work for all National, Migrant and Refugee Domestic Workers"

Global: International Domestic Workers Day June 16 2017, the IDWF calls for "All for one, One for all: Dignity and Decent Work for all National, Migrant and Refugee Domestic Workers"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 17, 2017 10:20 PM

In 2017, 21.3 million people worldwide are refugees displaced from their homelands. One of the few employment options available to women (and girl) refugees, who account for 50 per cent of this population, is domestic work. The sector – loosely regulated and with limited barriers to entry – attracts many refugees who otherwise find it difficult to obtain work permits and to have their degrees and qualifications recognized.

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India: The flip side of development – displacement and migration

India: The flip side of development – displacement and migration

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2017 02:35 PM

More and more of us work on migration or with migrant workers these days. We also know that the migrant workers get the worst deal even in sectors where other local workers may have more decent working conditions.

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Global: 2017 June 16 Resources Highlight

Global: 2017 June 16 Resources Highlight

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2017 06:08 PM

In honor of International Domestic Workers Day (IDWD) we want to share these resources:

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Latin America: Migrant Domestic Workers in Latin America

Latin America: Migrant Domestic Workers in Latin America

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 13, 2017 12:12 AM

International Domestic Workers Day is a celebration of a movement that seeks to secure the rights of this growing but generally hidden workforce. IDWF and its affiliates, together with a global network of organizations that work to protect migrant workers, join forces and develop different actions, services, research and resources in their efforts to guarantee the human rights of all domestic workers; independently of their nationality or immigration status.

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Europe: IDWF at the ILO

Europe: IDWF at the ILO

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 14, 2017 07:07 PM

Several IDWF leaders from the ExCo, staff, and affiliates are participating now in the International Labour Conference discussions on labour migration, governance, and fair recruitment, ensuring the realities and needs of migrant domestic workers are addressed. Of particular concern are undocumented migrant workers, among them many domestic workers.

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Belgium: IDWF receiving the Sr Jeanne Devos Award

Belgium: IDWF receiving the Sr Jeanne Devos Award

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 22, 2017 03:32 PM

IDWF received the Sr. Jeanne Devos Award 2017 from the ACV-CSC Service Union at its 32nd Congress in June this year.

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USA:  "When there is an extreme power imbalance, people—particularly women—are vulnerable to slavery."

USA: "When there is an extreme power imbalance, people—particularly women—are vulnerable to slavery."

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 13, 2017 12:35 AM

Last month an article entitled “My Family's Slave,” published in the magazine The Atlantic, went viral on social media in the US and Philippines. The article was written by a man whose family enslaved a domestic worker for decades.

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Uganda: Ugandan Migrant Domestic Workers - Challenges and organizing successes

Uganda: Ugandan Migrant Domestic Workers - Challenges and organizing successes

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2017 11:04 PM

In 2016 HTS-Union (UHFTAWU) ran radio campaigns on domestic workers that was not limited to locals, but also migrant domestic workers. As a result over 67 local domestic workers have contacted the union for assistance and guidance while migrant domestic workers have been rescued from forced labour and abusive employment.

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Spain: Sign Petition for C189 Ratification

Spain: Sign Petition for C189 Ratification

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2017 11:58 PM

The campaign for C189 ratification is underway in Spain, by Grupo Turin. Please sign this petition to lend our international support!

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India: "Unity is power" - Residents of Mumbai gated complex sack domestic workers who protested "rate card"

India: "Unity is power" - Residents of Mumbai gated complex sack domestic workers who protested "rate card"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 05, 2017 04:28 PM

Around 200 workers staged a three-day strike after residents of a development in Chandivali unilaterally fixed wages at a level they believed was unfair.

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Senegal: Conference of domestic unions On the Ratification Strategy of Convention C189

Senegal: Conference of domestic unions On the Ratification Strategy of Convention C189

by IDWFED — last modified May 31, 2017 11:09 PM

Under the auspices of the trade unions of domestic workers, a conference on the strategy to be adopted for the ratification of Convention C189 was held on Saturday 20 May 2017 at the Douta SECK Cultural House.

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Indonesia:  Respecting the role of Domestic Workers in Indonesia through Legal Protection

Indonesia: Respecting the role of Domestic Workers in Indonesia through Legal Protection

by IDWFED — last modified May 18, 2017 05:22 PM

The perception of domestic work as easy and not valuable must change. The absence of legal protection for DWs allows employers to hire DWs for as low a wage as possible. There is an urgent need to formalize this relationship between employer and domestic worker, and to implement specific laws to protect the rights of DWs, since both employer and DWs are mutually in need of one other.

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IDWF Statement on the May Day 2017: Uniting for a World of Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice for all

IDWF Statement on the May Day 2017: Uniting for a World of Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice for all

by IDWFED — last modified May 01, 2017 01:34 AM

International Workers' Day, celebrated on the First of May, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world.

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Asia: IDWF piloted a strategic planning Training-of-Trainers, followed by a 3-month practicum

Asia: IDWF piloted a strategic planning Training-of-Trainers, followed by a 3-month practicum

by IDWFED — last modified May 02, 2017 01:22 PM

IDWF piloted a strategic planning Training-of-Trainers in Asia, followed by a 3-month practicum where participants put what they had learned into practice in their organizations.

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Global: IDWF - Winner of the South Korean TJI HAKSOON JUSTICE & PEACE AWARD 2017

Global: IDWF - Winner of the South Korean TJI HAKSOON JUSTICE & PEACE AWARD 2017

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2017 05:24 PM

IDWF won the 20th TJI HAKSOON Justice & Peace Award, by THE BISHOP TJI HAKSOON JUSTICE & PEACE FOUNDATION based in S. Korea. IDWF was awarded in recognition of its work to promote Domestic Workers’ right over the world.

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USA: Kids to Trump: Stop Deportations!

USA: Kids to Trump: Stop Deportations!

by IDWFED — last modified May 02, 2017 02:08 PM

The National Domestic Workers Alliance was one of the main organizers for a kids caravan and week of action for immigrant rights.

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Global: The contradictions of contemporary au pair schemes

Global: The contradictions of contemporary au pair schemes

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 14, 2017 11:30 PM

Not all au pairs are exploited, but they do all carry out domestic work in conditions that have been identified as encouraging maltreatment. Recognising them as workers is a first step towards ensuring their fair treatment, but it is only a first step.

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Jamaica: "I slept in the dog house because I wanted to go to school", says Shirley Pryce

Jamaica: "I slept in the dog house because I wanted to go to school", says Shirley Pryce

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 16, 2017 04:06 PM

Shirley Pryce, formerly a domestic worker herself, advocates for domestic workers’ rights in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. Globally The memory of her employers locking her out at night because she wanted to go to evening classes stays haunts her to date. Following Jamaica’s ratification of the ILO Convention on Domestic Workers, Pryce is advocating for a national law to protect the rights of domestic workers.

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Jamaica: Promo audio for the coming interview with Shirley Pryce

Jamaica: Promo audio for the coming interview with Shirley Pryce

by IDWFED — last modified May 11, 2017 01:40 PM

"This Sunday we meet the queen of the pack - MS. SHIRLEY PRYCE, Founder and President of the Jamaica Household Workers Union, and her own story is phenomenal."

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Latin America: IDWF Regional meeting and CONLACTRAHO Congress

Latin America: IDWF Regional meeting and CONLACTRAHO Congress

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 29, 2017 11:11 PM

IDWF Regional meeting, Santiago de Chile, March 24-25 and CONLACTRAHO Congress and workshop on GBV, Mar 26-30.

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