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IDWF Visioning Event: Building a Community of Practice on Domestic Work

IDWF Visioning Event: Building a Community of Practice on Domestic Work

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published Jul 22, 2014 12:00 AM
The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), in cooperation with the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a visioning event for its members in Hong Kong SAR. These included domestic workers and organizers from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, and Thailand. The visioning event was organized under the ILO PROMOTE Project ‘Strengthening domestic workers organizations to end child domestic work’ which is supported by the US Department of Labor (DOL).

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The IDWF is the first global federation of domestic worker organizations. It was founded in Montevideo, Uruguay in October 2013 with 48 domestic workers organizations (DWOs)  from 42 countries that constitute the current IDWF membership. The organization aims to: organize domestic workers, promote the ratification of Convention 189, and campaign for legal change towards decent work for domestic workers and the elimination of child labour. 

Through numerous initiatives and organizing campaigns taking place in many countries, DWOs have learned a great deal and have thus created strong momentum for future activities and actions. Since IDWF members have built up a significant body of knowledge and experience, they need to be able to

  • effectively share experiences, good practices and valuable resources among domestic workers and their organizations 
  • reach out to the outside world to mobilize support for strengthening and accelerating their organizing and advocacy work. 

This visioning event served to jointly develop and strengthen the network and outreach of IDWF members from Asia by electronic means, and this was the first attempt of its kind to establish a Community of Practice for domestic workers.

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