It's official! On October 11, JAMAICA became the 23rd country to officially ratify ILO Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers!
The annual ExCo meeting is an opportunity to examine the progress of the IDWF, in particular, how we have advanced towards the goals in the 5-Years Strategic Plan.
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.
Everyone an organizer! That was the message of Dignity, Unity, Power, NDWA’s National Assembly in Washington DC from September 16th-20th. Every two years, we come together as a movement to support each other, learn from each other, and work together to strengthen our organizing of home care workers and domestic workers around the country.
In September, the National Federation of Domestic Workers (FENATRAD) in Brazil held its XI National Congress in Rio de Janeiro with the theme "Ratification of Convention 189, Equal Rights and Organization of Domestic Workers in World." 13 unions of domestic workers from different parts of the country make up this Federation.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an “opinion” paper, to which IDWF provided input, on "the rights of live-in care workers, which we hope will be a good contribution to the discussion on how European societies should address home care workers.
With the support of FES-TZA, IDWF conducted a workshop from Oct 26-27 on knowledge base for migrant domestic workers.
"Our research clearly demonstrates that significant numbers of agencies are systematically charging Filipino migrant domestic workers fees well in excess of the legal maximum. Yet despite this, very few are ever charged and prosecuted in the Philippines or Hong Kong," said Shiella Estrada, Chair of the PLUDW-HK.
MY FAIR HOME
We call upon people in our communities, in particular the employers, to hold hands with domestic workers in the MY FAIR HOME campaign to ensure dignity and decent work to all domestic workers.