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Bangladesh: Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Project

Bangladesh: Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Project

by Iqbal Mahmud — last modified Jan 20, 2017 01:54 AM

In Bangladesh on January 02, 2017, a project for Domestic Workers entitle "Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Project " was inaugurated by Children Women's Foundations (CWF).

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Global: Summary List of international conferences where IDWF was represented in 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 01, 2017 05:04 PM

Summary List of international conferences where IDWF was represented in 2016

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Thailand: NDWT promoting the My Fair Home Campaign

Thailand: NDWT promoting the My Fair Home Campaign

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 27, 2017 04:00 PM

The NDWT is continuously working on the project in order to improve the quality of life for domestic workers in Thailand.

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India: Domestic workers protest at the labour commissioner's office in Kanpur

India: Domestic workers protest at the labour commissioner's office in Kanpur

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 04, 2017 09:12 PM

Gharelu Mahila Kamgar Union protest to labour commissioner's office Kanpur.

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IDWF 2016 Year-end message: "We have grown, we have spoken out, and we have become the voice of the voiceless," says Myrtle Witbooi

IDWF 2016 Year-end message: "We have grown, we have spoken out, and we have become the voice of the voiceless," says Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2016 02:45 PM

"Yes! We are powerful women. We have proven that we as women leaders we can stand firm when the storms of life hit us."

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Global: IDWF Statement on International Migrants Day - December 18 2016 - Domestic Workers of the World Unite!

Global: IDWF Statement on International Migrants Day - December 18 2016 - Domestic Workers of the World Unite!

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 14, 2017 05:46 PM

That was the pledge domestic workers made at the founding congress of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) in Uruguay three years ago. Today, on International Migrants Day, we once again remind ourselves that with unity we have the strength to free ourselves, especially migrant domestic workers, so that we are slaves no more.

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Global: IDWF is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon

Global: IDWF is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 14, 2017 05:47 PM

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.

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Global: IDWF is hiring - Regional Coordinator, Latin America (CLOSED)

Global: IDWF is hiring - Regional Coordinator, Latin America (CLOSED)

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 29, 2017 06:51 PM

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter by email to info@idwfed.org no later than the 23 December 2016.

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Japan: International Symposium on "Migrant/Domestic Workers' Rights and ILO 189: Case Studies from Asia, Europe, USA and Japan"

Japan: International Symposium on "Migrant/Domestic Workers' Rights and ILO 189: Case Studies from Asia, Europe, USA and Japan"

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 21, 2016 08:49 PM

International Symposium on "Migrant/Domestic Workers' Rights and ILO 189: Case Studies from Asia, Europe, USA and Japan" was held at Hitotsubashi University on Dec 10-11.

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Lebanon: Lebanon deports a domestic worker and holds another

Lebanon: Lebanon deports a domestic worker and holds another

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 11, 2016 11:59 PM

The Lebanese General Security recently deported a domestic worker and is holding another, both from the Nepalese community, two women Sushila Rana known as Zogana Rana, Ms. Roja Maya Limbu known as Rosie Limbaugh, after they were detained a week ago.

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Lebanon: Stop the Deportation of the Domestic Workers & Activists: Sujana and Rosa

Lebanon: Stop the Deportation of the Domestic Workers & Activists: Sujana and Rosa

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 13, 2016 10:01 PM

Call for Solidarity for the immediate release of Sujana and Rose - two courageous migrant domestic workers in Lebanon who were arrested because of their trade union activities.

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Global: Regulations, incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work

Global: Regulations, incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 08, 2016 04:40 PM

Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

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Global: New strategies to reduce informality in domestic work

Global: New strategies to reduce informality in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 21, 2016 03:58 PM

A new ILO report calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

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Hong Kong: FADWU representatives meeting with Labor Department on the issue of window cleaning

Hong Kong: FADWU representatives meeting with Labor Department on the issue of window cleaning

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 08:45 PM

Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU) sisters had a meeting with Assistant Commissioner of Labor Department this morning. We welcome the new article put into standard employment contract regarding external window cleaning for domestic workers. However, it is still unclear that what is the consequence if the article is violated.

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India: ESI for all domestic workers soon

India: ESI for all domestic workers soon

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:33 PM

Employees' State Insurance (ESI) to domestic workers was a long standing demand raised by the domestic workers to the ESI commission and to all concerned departments. Finally it is announced.

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Hong Kong: Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Philippine and Hong Kong governments fail to stop agencies from charging migrant domestic workers illegal fees

Hong Kong: Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Philippine and Hong Kong governments fail to stop agencies from charging migrant domestic workers illegal fees

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2016 02:05 PM

Filipino migrant domestic workers are charged illegal fees by unscrupulous employment agencies in both the Philippines and Hong Kong. The practice is widespread and government systems to prevent such illegal activities are not fit for purpose. As a result, many migrant domestic workers have little choice but to pay these exorbitant fees and are heavily indebted, making it difficult to leave exploitative and abusive employers.

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Hong Kong: Windows break for Filipino domestic workers

Hong Kong: Windows break for Filipino domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 04:42 PM

From Saturday, Oct 1, all new contracts with Filipino domestic workers will state that they will not clean the exterior of windows under a unilateral move by the Philippine secretary for labour and employment - a move in response to workers' calls after at least four deaths this year.

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Bahrain: Drive for rights of domestic workers

Bahrain: Drive for rights of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2016 12:24 AM

A CAMPAIGN to promote the rights of domestic workers across the region was launched in Bahrain.

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Hong Kong:  Working Conditions of Domestic Workers

Hong Kong: Working Conditions of Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2016 05:17 PM

Nami, an organizer of the Union of Nepalese Domestic Worker (UNDW) talked about underpayment issues and working conditions of Nepalese domestic workers on the RTHK radio program "Backchat".

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Qatar: The average salary of a domestic worker is $431 a month

Qatar: The average salary of a domestic worker is $431 a month

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 04:54 PM

The majority of domestic workers in Qatar make about QR1,571 ($431) a month, according to a new survey by an online recruitment firm.

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Global: What the "Uber-isation" of domestic work means for women

Global: What the "Uber-isation" of domestic work means for women

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 05:14 PM

Apps providing domestic cooks, cleaners and care workers are growing rapidly in countries like India, Mexico and South Africa. Research Officer Abigail Hunt explores whether this is likely to be good or bad for the women who use them.

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Brazil: IDWF at the AWID Forum 2016

Brazil: IDWF at the AWID Forum 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 09:01 PM

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.

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Hong Kong: Employment agency found guilty at court for overcharging second case in 3 months

Hong Kong: Employment agency found guilty at court for overcharging second case in 3 months

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 12, 2016 04:42 PM

An employment agency named Ursula Employment Center found found guilty at court for overcharge agency fees.

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Hong Kong: Three years and waiting- Indonesian DW still owed money locked into welfare account of dead Hong Kong boss

Hong Kong: Three years and waiting- Indonesian DW still owed money locked into welfare account of dead Hong Kong boss

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 05:00 PM

Back home in Surabaya, Sri Agustini urges the Social Welfare Department to release the HK$21,000 due to her after serving disabled employer for over seven years.

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Philippines: Set to lift a ban on Filipino domestic workers going to the UAE

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2016 06:04 PM

Consuls meets recruitment offices to inform them of rules.

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India: Health insurance scheme for domestic workers to be launched soon by Centre

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2016 05:44 PM

The Union Labour Ministry will launch a social security scheme soon for domestic workers on pilot basis in Delhi and Hyderabad as part of its commitment to provide health insurance for all, Union minister for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya said.

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Oman: Domestic Workers Trafficked, Trapped

Oman: Domestic Workers Trafficked, Trapped

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 20, 2016 04:09 PM

Reform System, Laws to Protect Migrant Women

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Singapore: Foreign domestic workers' living conditions survey

Singapore: Foreign domestic workers' living conditions survey

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 11, 2016 05:51 PM

Transient Workers Count Too found that 5% of foreign domestic workers had to share their sleeping space with a male teenager or adult. This is against written law, with a possible fine of up to $10,000. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) confirmed this when the ministry responded to a query by the Straits Times.

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Indonesia: Domestic workers drama in celebration of the 5th anniversary of C189

Indonesia: Domestic workers drama in celebration of the 5th anniversary of C189

by Fish Ip — last modified Jul 22, 2016 08:55 PM

In celebration of the 5th anniversary of adoption of ILO Convention 189, Jala PRT organized a drama which domestic worker tell people about their plight.

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Global: On International Domestic Workers' Day, Turn Rights into Reality

Global: On International Domestic Workers' Day, Turn Rights into Reality

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 04:41 PM

On International Domestic Workers’ Day, we celebrate a growing movement to assert the rights of this vast but hidden workforce. An estimated 67.1 million people are employed in domestic work around the world, most of them women. They cook, clean, and care for children and the elderly. But working behind closed doors in private homes, many have few legal protections and regularly experience exploitation and abuse.

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