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Story Lebanon: Domestic Workers Need the Protection of a Union
by IDWFED published Jun 16, 2015 last modified Jul 07, 2015 06:36 PM — filed under:
Women migrant domestic workers – who make up the majority of domestic workers – face additional discrimination in the legal system. The Kafala (guardianship) system, enforced in Lebanon and the Gulf monarchies, ties the domestic foreign worker to a specific employer; the worker becomes illegal should she quit her employer, placing the worker in a particularly vulnerable situation.
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Story The unstoppable domestic workers' movement: winning labour rights and protections for 15 million domestic workers
by IDWFED published Jun 16, 2015 last modified Jul 07, 2015 06:36 PM — filed under:
In the past few years a political and moral shift has occurred among growing numbers of political leaders which has secured rights and protections for 15 million domestic workers today. Their lives have improved by shifting away from unprotected and exploitative jobs to ones protected by labour laws.
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Story Lilypond music sheet Singapore: A Part Of The Family?
by IDWFED published Jun 16, 2015 last modified Jul 07, 2015 06:36 PM — filed under:
HOME argues that ill treatment of domestic workers goes beyond physical, sexual and psychological abuse.
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Story text/texmacs In Pakistan, domestic workers rally for rights
by IDWFED published Jun 12, 2015 last modified Jul 13, 2015 05:22 PM — filed under:
In urban slums and shanty settlements, particularly in Pakistan, women face a range of difficulties, such as insecure housing, informal jobs, plus the double burden of household chores and access to resources. The interrelationship between culture, gender and urbanization is a complex one, where women are the poorest of the poor, because of the non-conducive urban environment.
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Story Thailand: Domestic Workers' Access to Justice and Compensation Exchange
by IDWFED published Jun 14, 2015 last modified Jul 31, 2015 04:57 PM — filed under:
On Sunday 14 June 2015, The Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand, HomeNet and the ILO hosted the Domestic Workers’ Access to Justice and Compensation Exchange event in celebration of Domestic Workers Day (16 June).
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Story South Africa: Story report on the Launch of the Africa Domestic Workers' Network
by IDWFED published Jun 16, 2013 last modified Aug 31, 2015 04:04 PM — filed under:
On 16 June 2013 the Africa Domestic Workers’ Network (AfDWN) was launched in Cape Town, South Africa, exactly two years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers’ Convention (C189) and at the very time when a diplomatic bag containing South African Government documents ratifying C189 was en route to Geneva for official lodging at the ILO. The launch Conference of the Africa Domestic Workers’ Network took place on 15-16 June 2013. The South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers’ Union (SADSAWU), with the support of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) hosted the Conference. 95 domestic worker representatives from 17 organizations in 17 countries, with a total membership of 95572, participated in the Conference, and were joined by Steering Committee members and coordinators of the IDWN from Asia, Caribbean, USA and Latin America, as well as supportive organizations from South Africa and from Europe.
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Story Hong Kong: Filipino Unions intensify efforts for "Zero Recruitment Fees and Violations"
by IDWFED published Jun 16, 2013 last modified Aug 31, 2015 03:58 PM — filed under:
Trade unions and domestic workers’ groups in Hong Kong and the Philippines – which spearheaded a renewed campaign earlier this year demanding “zero recruitment fees and violations” – have stepped up their efforts for the effective implementation of recruitment regulations in Hong Kong and the Philippines, and in making agencies accountable for recruitment violations. A research the groups have done revealed that "the violations are not only in terms of excessive fees, but also practices that undermine or violate labour rights and protection measures for domestic workers.
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Story Troff document Sri Lanka: Domestic Workers Launch signature campaign for Legal Act
by IDWFED published Jun 16, 2013 last modified Sep 03, 2015 03:47 PM — filed under:
The Domestic Workers Union, jointly with other unions and women’s movement, launched a public signature campaign in Colombo on June 16 2013, International Domestic Workers’ Day. It is a campaign to get support from the public to press the government to establish a domestic workers act. Several signature collection points were set up in Colombo: in Maradana (opposite of railway station), in front of a supermarket in Nugegoda and Fort Railway station. Members of the unions and women’s movement started to collect signatures from the passer by at 10.00 to 12.30 pm.
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Story Domestic workers' rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide
by IDWFED published Jun 14, 2013 last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:04 PM — filed under:
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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Story Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16
by IDWFED published Jun 07, 2013 last modified Sep 06, 2015 07:00 PM — filed under:
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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