Domestic workers of the World Unite - Report of The founding Congress of the IDWF
Research reports, working paper
The International Domestic Workers' Federation (IDWF) is a membership-based global organisation of domestic/household workers. It is the first such global union federation to be formed for many years, and it is the first one to be led by women. Its purpose is to build a strong, democratic and united domestic/household workers' global organisation so as to protect and advance domestic/household workers’ rights everywhere across the world. We believe that domestic work is work, and that all domestic/household workers must enjoy the same rights as all other workers.
The IDWF grew out of the International Domestic Workers' Network (IDWN). It was established as a global federation at its Founding Congress in Montevideo, Uruguay, 26-28 October 2013. As of May 2014, we have 48 affiliated organisations from 39 countries, representing some 280,000 dues-paying members. Most of the affiliates are trade unions, and others are associations and workers' cooperatives of domestic workers.