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Global: Human Trafficking Does Not Occur in a Vacuum, by Ai-jen Poo

Global: Human Trafficking Does Not Occur in a Vacuum, by Ai-jen Poo

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:26 PM

The National Domestic Workers Alliance, the International Domestic Workers Federation, and the Africa Domestic Workers Network stand with the young women abducted in Nigeria and their families.* We are organizations that represent women workers in the United States and Africa -- we care about the human rights of women and girls all around the world, we condemn all forms of violence against women, and we join our sisters to demand that the lives of these families that have been torn apart are made whole.

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Colombia ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 21, 2015 03:34 PM

On 9 May 2014, the Government of Colombia deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). Colombia is the fourteenth ILO member State and the eight Latin American member State to ratify this instrument that seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

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Global: Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention

Global: Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:12 PM

Millions of workers are in forced labour and human trafficking. Today's slave trade generates billions of dollars in profits annually. We are all complicit through the goods and services we buy every day. The workers need stronger prevention measures, increased protection and effective compensation. In June 2014, 185 countries will meet at the International Labour Conference in Geneva to update the international law to protect everyone from forced labour. Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention.

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Paraguay: Rights to social protection - Domestic workers are no exception

Paraguay: Rights to social protection - Domestic workers are no exception

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 21, 2015 03:40 PM

A new law which is currently being discussed should make it possible for them to acquire pension rights in line with the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). Paraguay was the fourth country in South America to ratify the Convention in May 2013. The ILO Convention is considered as a major step forward in improving working and living conditions for domestic workers around the globe. However, the reality is that so far just over 10 per cent of domestic workers are registered with the Instituto de Previsión Social (IPS), the government agency in charge of social security.

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Trinidad & Tobago: NUDE calls for meeting with the Minister of Labour

Trinidad & Tobago: NUDE calls for meeting with the Minister of Labour

by IDWFED — last modified May 03, 2016 06:10 PM

A letter was delivered to the Minister of Labour, Errol McLeod, by Ida Le Blanc, General Secretary of the National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) on May Day 2014, during the picket of the office of the Minister Of Labour organized by the National Workers Union.

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Mayday for domestic Workers: Why the demand for domestic workers' rights must be heard

Mayday for domestic Workers: Why the demand for domestic workers' rights must be heard

by IDWFED — last modified May 03, 2016 06:10 PM

More than half of all work carried out by the world's population is domestic care work. So this International Workers Day on 1 May, maybe it's a good time to ask: why do domestic workers have so few rights? And why is no one speaking up about it?

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Trinidad & Tobago: Domestic workers rep calls for less restrictions to free movement

Trinidad & Tobago: Domestic workers rep calls for less restrictions to free movement

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 17, 2015 04:18 PM

A representative for domestic and household workers in Trinidad and Tobago is calling for CARICOM to take the appropriate measures to ensure the free movement of domestic workers across the region. In 2007 and 2009, CARICOM leaders ratified the free movement of domestic workers and artisans as part of a measure to facilitate free movement of labour in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

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Jamaica: GraceKennedy launches Inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award

Jamaica: GraceKennedy launches Inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 29, 2015 02:41 PM

GraceKennedy is seeking to identify the Household Worker of the Year from nominations from the public. From the nominations, ten finalists will be chosen who will be interviewed by a panel, and the top three selected. The inaugural award, scheduled to become an annual presentation, will see the eventual overall winner receiving a trophy named in memory of Dr. Heather Little-White, a cash award of $250,000 and the opportunity to nominate a student to receive an educational grant.

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Shirley Pryce: Household workers "have had enough hurt"

Shirley Pryce: Household workers "have had enough hurt"

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 29, 2015 03:05 PM

Shirley Pryce says: "While many domestic workers work in adequate surroundings and are paid in line with the Government's directives on the minimum wage, far too many do not experience the level of decency and respect that should be extended to every human being. Protection for domestic workers is long overdue. People turn a blind eye to the domestic worker issue. We have had enough hurt and it is time for us to be heard."

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Marcelina Bautista receives the Mexican National Award for Equality and No Discrimination

Marcelina Bautista receives the Mexican National Award for Equality and No Discrimination

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 29, 2015 03:29 PM

IDWF Regional Coordinator for Latin America, Marcelina receives on Monday, March 31 2014, the Mexican National Award for Equality and No Discrimination (Premio por la Igualdad y la No Discriminación 2013) by Conapred (National Council to Prevent Discrimination). This is a big award and recognition of her work with domestic workers in Mexico. IDWF truly shares this joy with Marcelina.

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Argentina ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 31, 2015 03:16 PM

On 24 March 2014, the Government of Argentina deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). Argentina is the thirteenth ILO member State and the seventh Latin American member State to ratify this instrument that seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

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Jamaica: Prime Minister says the Government is moving to ratify C189

Jamaica: Prime Minister says the Government is moving to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 31, 2015 03:58 PM

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller says the Government is moving to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 189, which stipulates safeguards for the welfare of household workers globally, and outlines provisions to significantly enhance their status and working conditions.

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Jamaica: Labour ministry launches campaign for domestic workers' rights

Jamaica: Labour ministry launches campaign for domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 31, 2015 04:03 PM

THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security has launched a media campaign aimed at engendering widespread support for the rights of household workers in Jamaica. The campaign comes as members of the Jamaica Household Workers Union increased calls for the Government to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 189, Advancing Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

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Yes, we did it! Domestic Workers Launch an International Federation

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 06, 2015 04:47 PM

“Yes we did it!”, a statement that best captures the jubilant mood on the last day of the Founding Congress of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) in 2013. It is also the title of a new book launched at that Congress, which tells the story of how domestic workers organised to win the Domestic Workers Convention, C189, at the International Labour Conference (ILC) of the ILO on 16 June 2011. Just over two years later, domestic workers have done it again. Another milestone has been achieved through the formation of a fully constituted, democratic federation of 48 membership-based domestic workers’ organisations representing around 300 000 domestic workers globally. This will ensure that the Convention is not forgotten, and that the struggle for “decent work for domestic workers’ continues in a coordinated and sustained manner.

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IDWF Statement on December 18 - The International Migrants Day 2013

IDWF Statement on December 18 - The International Migrants Day 2013

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 12, 2015 05:03 PM

Today, domestic workers make up the main bulk of all international women migrants and the number is still rising. On December 18, the International Migrants Day, we pay special tribute to migrant domestic workers who have made huge sacrifices for the sake of their families and loved ones – so that their children can go to schools, the sick treated, battered houses fixed and so on and so forth.

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Labor Rights for All: The Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 12, 2015 05:37 PM

Women from forty countries—nannies, housecleaners, community organizers and trade unionists—gathered in Uruguay at the end of October to establish the first global federation of domestic workers. There were few television cameras, no celebrities to give a keynote speech, no large commitments of donor aid. In fact there were none of the trappings of the numerous international conferences to fight the enormous social ills of forced labor, trafficking and labor exploitation.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWN Chair, talks about why she is at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention

Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWN Chair, talks about why she is at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:17 PM

Myrtle Witbooi of Capetown, IDWN Chair, said she came to emphasize the fact that "domesticworkers are just like any other workers, and deserving of the same rights and respect." Myrtle said another goal was to build support for C189, the international Convention of rights concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

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Global: Domestic Workers Receive 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award at AFL-CIO Convention

Global: Domestic Workers Receive 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award at AFL-CIO Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 11:21 PM

Recognizing the hardships faced by many domestic workers across the globe, the International Domestic Workers' Network (IDWN) was formed in 2006 to provide a voice for the voiceless and a face for the oftentimes invisible workers who clean homes, care for children, the elderly and assist those in need.

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Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:37 PM

The International Labour Organization’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) comes into force on 5 September 2013, extending basic labour rights to domestic workers around the globe.

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C189 - "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by international law

C189 - "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by international law

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:26 PM

It’s probably the biggest social movement that you've never heard of. Unless, of course, you are one of the millions of activists directly involved. But the world's "invisible workforce" is finally coming out of the shadows. As of 5 September, the historic Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, also known as the Domestic Workers Convention, No. 189, comes into force.

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Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:11 PM

Campaigners are celebrating the long-awaited ratification of a treaty on labour rights for domestic workers that will offer protection to millions of employees worldwide.

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Landmark UN labour treaty extends rights for domestic workers worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 01:47 PM

A United Nations treaty entering into force today will extend the labour and social rights of some 53 million domestic workers around the world.

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Uruguay and Philippines: C189 Enters into Force on September 5

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:43 PM

On the coming September 5, the C189 will enter into force for Uruguay and the Philippines. As the first two countries ratify the C189, they will have to submit a first detailed report to the ILO by the September 1, 2014, based on an ILO form.

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Uruguay: Domestic Workers Day on 19 Aug

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 26, 2015 05:13 PM

Uruguay is the first country in the world to ratify ILO Convention 189 on decent work on domestic workers. It has the Law No. 18065, approved in November 2006 to protect the labour rights of domestic workers as well as their rights in collective bargaining.

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Peru: Domestic Workers' relentless fight for rights and adoption of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 10:55 PM

A video clip produced by PLADES and Global Network Latin America on Domestic Workers in Peru and their relentless fight for rights and adoption of C189.

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Domestic workers' rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

Domestic workers' rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:04 PM

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are 53-100 million domestic workers worldwide, 83 per cent of whom are women. They represent 4 to 10 per cent of the labour force in developing countries and about 2 per cent in developed countries. Their work is an important contribution to economic and social development. Still, 40 per cent of countries worldwide have no form of regulation of any kind for domestic workers. Around the world, UN Women is working with Governments, domestic workers’ unions and the private sector to promote the rights of domestic workers –majority of who work as domestic helps in households-and ensure that domestic work is both regulated and covered by social protection. This includes supporting the Global Forum on Migration and Development and promoting the ratification of ILO Convention 189 on domestic work – a landmark international treaty adopted on 16 June 2011, which will come into force on 5 September 2013.

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Ten million child labourers in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:37 PM

An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide – most of them under age – are working as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO. Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old. More than 71 per cent are girls. According to the latest figures in a new ILO report, Ending Child labour in domestic work, they work in the homes of a third party or employer, carrying out tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, gardening, collecting water, looking after other children and caring for the elderly. Vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence and abusive working conditions, they are often isolated from their families, hidden from the public eye and become highly dependent on their employers. Many might end up being commercially sexually exploited.

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Now to End Child Labour in Domestic Work

Now to End Child Labour in Domestic Work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:33 PM

“To eliminate child labor, governments cannot ignore the children working in private homes,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “Many of these children are paid a pittance, if at all, and often suffer abuse and overwork. Governments can help these children by ratifying the Domestic Workers Convention.”

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Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 06, 2015 07:00 PM

On June 16, we will celebrate the second anniversary of the C189 with 7 countries already having ratified the Convention: Uruguay, Philippines, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Italy, Paraguay and Bolivia. The IDWN will join with domestic workers, members of trade unions and other organizations to mobilize and act on this special day to remind each and every government to ratify and implement the Convention: "Domestic Workers are Workers. Ratify C189 Now!"

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Uruguay: Collective Agreement by SUTD

Uruguay: Collective Agreement by SUTD

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 06, 2015 07:17 PM

In April, in Uruguay, the domestic workers union, SUTD, concluded the third collective agreement with the employers’ organization, the Housewives League. For domestic workers in Uruguay, this is a major achievement. The agreement provides for 8-hour work day, coverage of minimum wage legislation, social security benefits including 12 weeks maternity leave, household labour inspection upon court order and others.

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