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Congress of International Domestic Workers Elects Its Leaders – Re-elections of Myrtle Witbooi as President and Elizabeth Tang as General Secretary

Congress of International Domestic Workers Elects Its Leaders – Re-elections of Myrtle Witbooi as President and Elizabeth Tang as General Secretary

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by IDWFED published Nov 18, 2018 12:00 AM
As songs of solidarity rang out from Cape Town’s historical building of social justice, Community House, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) elected its leadership for the next five years.

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18 November 2018
From the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF): www.idwfed.org 
For Immediate Release

Congress of International Domestic Workers Elects Its Leaders –
Re-elections of Myrtle Witbooi as President and Elizabeth Tang as General Secretary


Cape Town, South Africa –
As songs of solidarity rang out from Cape Town’s historical building of social justice, Community House, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) elected its leadership for the next five years. Myrtle Witbooi, General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU), was re-elected as President, without contention.  Carmen Britez, Secretary of Acts and Organization from Union Personal Auxiliar de Casas Particulares (UPACP) in Argentina, is IDWF’s new Vice-President. Elizabeth Tang was re-elected to the position of General Secretary, and will continue to head the IDWF Secretariat in Hong Kong.

The IDWF is a global federation of domestic workers, composed of  69 affiliates from 55 countries, representing over 600,000 domestic workers worldwide.   

The office bearers positions were elected from members of the 13-member Executive Committee, which was created the day before. Two members from each of the 6 regions - Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Caribbean and  North America,  had all been elected before Congress, and those candidates were uncontested.

Taking inspiration from the achievements of the host country in its fight for social justice, this group of domestic workers and their advocates from around the world assembled to champion the rights of the 70 million domestic workers worldwide, the overwhelming majority of whom are routinely undervalued and underprotected by labour laws.

As Myrtle Witbooi, said on her successful re-election,

“We are not free yet. With this global federation of domestic workers, we will make every government in the world to ratify the international convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and pass laws to protect their rights and dignity.” 

This international Congress of domestic workers will end tomorrow, the 19th with a celebration  on the inclusion of domestic workers in the COIDA in South Africa enabling them to enjoy better health and safety protection at work.    

The 2nd Congress of the International Domestic Workers’ Federation will take place Nov 16—19 in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information, please visit www.idwfed.org or contact Ms Adriana Ramirez at adriana.paz@idwfed.org or Ms Myrtle Witbooi at myrtlewitbooi@gmail.com.

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