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CSW59: Domestic Workers from Across Globe Take action for Inclusion at United Nations Women’s Summit

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by IDWFED published Mar 10, 2015 12:00 AM
For the first time, representatives from the International Domestic Worker Federation, a global network representing the 53 million member workforce with 47 affiliates in 43 countries, will bring the unique needs of domestic workers to forefront during the meeting, pushing for adoption of international labor standards and labor projections for this vital workforce as central components of any plan for women’s rights.
  • CSW59: Domestic Workers from Across Globe Take action for Inclusion at United Nations Women’s Summit
  • 2015-03-10T00:00:00+00:00
  • 2015-03-20T23:59:59+00:00
  • For the first time, representatives from the International Domestic Worker Federation, a global network representing the 53 million member workforce with 47 affiliates in 43 countries, will bring the unique needs of domestic workers to forefront during the meeting, pushing for adoption of international labor standards and labor projections for this vital workforce as central components of any plan for women’s rights.
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Mar 10, 2015 to Mar 20, 2015 (Universal / UTC0)
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New York, USA
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Twenty years ago, at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, the UN Commission on the Status of Women adopted action oriented recommendations to achieve women’s equality across the world.

Two decades later, governments are coming together again to assess world progress towards women’s equality at the Commission on the Status of Women: Implementing the Beijing Platform at the UN in New York from March 9-20th.

For the first time, representatives from the International Domestic Worker Federation, a global network representing the 53 million member workforce with 47 affiliates in 43 countries, will bring the unique needs of domestic workers to forefront during the meeting, pushing for adoption of international labor standards and labor projections for this vital workforce as central components of any plan for women’s rights.

While progress has been made, there is still much to be done for domestic workers and all women to reach the goals outlined in the Beijing Platform:

  • 70 % of the world’s poor are women.
  • Women remain over-represented in low status, poorly-paid, informal, part-time, insecure and precarious work.
  • Domestic work, paid or unpaid, remains marginalized and excluded from basic labor protections.

Though there is still much to be done, domestic workers have organized to win historic victories for both internationally and domestically. Within the United States, domestic workers have succeeded in passing state-level Bill of Rights in four states and recently moved the Department of Labor to issue new regulations including homecare workers in minimum wage and overtime law.

Seventeen countries have ratified the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189, which sets out guidelines to protect the labor rights of domestic workers. The ILO Convention and enactment of legal rights reforms in some countries has enabled millions of domestic workers to enjoy the rights to minimum wages, social protection and weekly rest.

Join the conversation online by following @domesticworkers OR @IDWFED on Twitter.

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