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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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Australia: Plight of domestic workers must not be overlooked

Australia: Plight of domestic workers must not be overlooked

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 04:09 PM

What we do know is that because of the extreme power imbalance within the employment relationship and isolated working conditions not subject to standard labour inspection, domestic workers are among the most marginalised and exploited workers in the world today. This is particularly true for those working for diplomatic and foreign officials.

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Global: Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – 5 years after the convention

Global: Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – 5 years after the convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 03:51 PM

On June 16 2011, the ILO adopted Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers and its accompanying Recommendation 201. Since then, after a slow start progress has been made: 22 countries have ratified the convention, more than 30 have extended legislative protections to domestic workers.

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Asia: Asia scores low on labour law protection for domestic workers

Asia: Asia scores low on labour law protection for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2016 08:58 PM

Over 35% of the domestic workers worldwide are accounted for in Asia where the Philippines remains the only country to ratify international labour standards for their protection. Changes are brewing and support is needed.

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Nepal: Domestic Workers are also workers! NTUC urges the Government to Ratify ILO Convention 189

Nepal: Domestic Workers are also workers! NTUC urges the Government to Ratify ILO Convention 189

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2016 09:22 PM

Nepal Home workers Union affiliates of Nepal Trade Union Congress organized a conference on "Awareness on ILO Convention C189 and My Fair Home Campaign" to observe the 5th Anniversary of C189 and as the International Domestic Workers Day.

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Nepal: GEFONT supports the My Fair Home campaign

Nepal: GEFONT supports the My Fair Home campaign

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2016 09:57 PM

My Fair Home Campaign was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Deputy Secretary General of General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) on the occasion of International Domestic Workers Day, June 16.

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Global: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!

Global: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 11:32 PM

This year, the focus for World Day Against Child Labour – marked on 12 June - is on child labour and supply chains. With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present.

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Global: This June 16, we call upon the employers of domestic workers to support the rights of domestic workers, says Elizabeth Tang

Global: This June 16, we call upon the employers of domestic workers to support the rights of domestic workers, says Elizabeth Tang

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 05:21 PM

We know there are many people in our communities who respect our work and our dignity as human beings. Let’s all advance the "My Fair Home" campaign. Encourage your members to talk to their employers to make the pledge.

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Global: Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights, says Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights, says Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 05:22 PM

"What we won in 2011 was the road to our freedom. Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights. 16th June is ours, so let us free ourselves."

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Nepal: NTUC on the World day against the Use of Child Labour June 12

Nepal: NTUC on the World day against the Use of Child Labour June 12

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2016 05:30 PM

Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) observed World day against the Child Labour with expressing union commitment to avoid use of child labour in supply chains. NTUC -Labour Welfare and Social Protection Department in the coordination with NTUC Kathmandu District organized a union activist commitment program on the occasion of World day against the Child Labour that took place at union house, Anamnagar, Kathmandu.

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Global: International Domestic Workers Day 2016 June 16 - International Launch of the My Fair Home Campaign

Global: International Domestic Workers Day 2016 June 16 - International Launch of the My Fair Home Campaign

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 22, 2016 06:38 PM

This year on June 16, the IDWF will launch the My Fair Home campaign internationally jointly with the My Fair Home champions.

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Philippines: UNITED is a champion of My Fair Home!

Philippines: UNITED is a champion of My Fair Home!

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 30, 2017 04:39 PM

UNITED Domestic Workers of the Philippines (UNITED), Philippines is a champion of My Fair Home!

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Philippines: SENTRO is a champion of My Fair Home!

Philippines: SENTRO is a champion of My Fair Home!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 11, 2016 12:01 AM

Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO), Philippines is a champion of My Fair Home!

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Indonesia: KSPI is a champion of My Fair Home!

Indonesia: KSPI is a champion of My Fair Home!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 11, 2016 12:00 AM

Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Indonesia (KSPI), Indonesia is a champion of My Fair Home!

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Hong Kong: FADWU is a champion of My Fair Home!

Hong Kong: FADWU is a champion of My Fair Home!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 20, 2016 06:13 PM

FADWU is a champion of My Fair Home!

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Hong Kong: HKCTU is a champion of My Fair Home!

Hong Kong: HKCTU is a champion of My Fair Home!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 20, 2016 06:14 PM

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), Hong Kong is a champion of My Fair Home!

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Global: Free online lecture on "Organizing migrant domestic workers"

Global: Free online lecture on "Organizing migrant domestic workers"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 07, 2016 04:32 PM

UN Women Training Centre is hosting a series of free online lectures and one of them is "Organizing migrant domestic workers" on June 7 by Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary.

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Global: International cooperation is essential to promote migrant domestic workers' rights

Global: International cooperation is essential to promote migrant domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 07, 2016 09:22 PM

Sharing good practice and experience in both countries sending and receiving workers is key to improve migrant domestic workers’ rights, says Maria Elena Valenzuela, Project Coordinator, ILO Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and Their families. outlines the findings of the latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.

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India: In India's slums, domestic workers' daughters campaign for their rights

India: In India's slums, domestic workers' daughters campaign for their rights

by IDWFED — last modified May 11, 2016 05:01 PM

Led by the National Domestic Workers Movement, the campaign aims to help children of informal sector workers such as maids, nannies and drivers recognize threats and equip them to better protect themselves.

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Global: "Let us work together and make life for domestic workers change for the better."

Global: "Let us work together and make life for domestic workers change for the better."

by IDWFED — last modified May 16, 2016 06:50 PM

The Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families seeks to promote the human and labour rights of migrant domestic workers worldwide by addressing the challenges that make migrant domestic workers particularly vulnerable to the risks of exploitation and abuse.

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India: acknowledgement letters from the Prime Minister Office (PMO) on addressing the issues of domestic workers

India: acknowledgement letters from the Prime Minister Office (PMO) on addressing the issues of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified May 09, 2016 04:15 PM

IDWF affiliate, National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM) received acknowledgement letters from the Prime Minister of India's Office (PMO), New Delhi, Ministry of Women & Child Development and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for submitting the memorandum addressing the issues of domestic workers in India and the need for a comprehensive legislation for their social protection and labour rights.

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Nepal: Plight of domestic work - Few rights, little freedom and meagre pay

Nepal: Plight of domestic work - Few rights, little freedom and meagre pay

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 20, 2016 04:56 PM

An estimated 200,000 people, mostly women, are employed as domestic workers in private households across the country, according to reports prepared by various organisations. And most of them share similar plight: few rights, little freedom and frequent abuse. Law for house workers has been amended, but Nepal is yet to ratify ILO C89 Convention.

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CSW60: Investment in social protections for care work will make our societies more just, equal, and healthy, says Jill Shenker

CSW60: Investment in social protections for care work will make our societies more just, equal, and healthy, says Jill Shenker

by IDWFED — last modified May 17, 2017 10:31 PM

Remarks by Jill Shenker, North America Coordinator for the International Domestic Workers Federation, who spoke about the need to value care work.

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CSW60: Human trafficking must be called by its true name - modern slavery - a dishonor of our common humanity, says Shirley Pryce

CSW60: Human trafficking must be called by its true name - modern slavery - a dishonor of our common humanity, says Shirley Pryce

by IDWFED — last modified May 17, 2017 10:35 PM

Shirley Pryce (Jamaica Household Workers Union, Caribbean Domestic Workers Network, International Domestic Workers Federation) spoke at the UN Commission on the Status of Women 60 (2016) panel on Combatting the Trafficking of Women and Girls: What Role Can the Private Sector Play in Addressing and Preventing Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery?

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CSW60: Domestic work is the work that makes all other work possible, says Allison Julien

CSW60: Domestic work is the work that makes all other work possible, says Allison Julien

by IDWFED — last modified May 17, 2017 10:34 PM

On March 16, Allison Julien, a domestic worker, gave public comment at the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment during the Commission on the Status of Women. She was unable to complete her statement, despite being the only worker to provide comment. Here is her complete statement. You can watch the full discussion, including Allison’s statement around minute 50 here.

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Global: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection, says ILO

Global: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection, says ILO

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 21, 2016 05:08 PM

60 million of the world’s 67 million domestic workers still do not have access to any kind of social security coverage, says a new ILO study entitled “Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics ”.

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Global: We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day

Global: We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2016 05:32 PM

This year, in celebration of March 8th International Women’s Day, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our new leaders across the IDWF. The IDWF is proud to be led by them. With such organizing, our future is hopeful. On this International Women’s Day, we salute these leaders and the many contributions they are bringing to the movement.

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Pakistan: Senate passes Domestic Workers Bills

Pakistan: Senate passes Domestic Workers Bills

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 22, 2016 04:00 PM

The Senate on Monday passed a bill to protect and regulate the right of domestic workers [The Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill-2015], as reported by the Standing Committee, unanimously.

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Thailand: Profile of Kyan Par

Thailand: Profile of Kyan Par

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 06:11 PM

One will be amazed by how Burmese domestic workers are organized in Thailand. Kyan Par joined the Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand in Dec 2014, and was soon elected as the President of the Network of Migrant Domestic Workers (MDW) in Thailand.

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Hong Kong: "Strangers at Home" - selected stories and photos available online

Hong Kong: "Strangers at Home" - selected stories and photos available online

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 18, 2016 09:02 PM

The award winning book "Strangers at Home" (外傭—住在家中的陌生人) explores the lives of migrant domestic workers who go to Hong Kong to work and the impact on this migration on their families back home. The book features a series of personal stories and photo essays from both Hong Kong and the Philippines, as well as a series of interviews with employers and experts.

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