Watch the whiteboard Animation explaining why we must abolish the practice of charging of recruitment fees on migrant workers!
Trinidad and Tobago: "Respect, Cherish and Appreciate" - video testimonial featuring domestic workers and domestic work— by IDWFED — last modified Feb 21, 2017 09:43 PM
A campaign to urge the public to respect, cherish and appreciate the contribution of the domestic workers.
This course aims to provide a global perspective on care, care work, and care economy. It will enhance awareness, knowledge and understanding on the critical place care work occupies in development, while simultaneously providing skills and tools for analyzing and identifying types of interventions and policies for a fair and equal social organization of care to advance human development, gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Congratulations, domestic workers! The Bishop Tji Haksoon Justice & Peace Foundation in South Korea formally announced on January 3 that the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) will be the 20th Justice and Peace Award winner in 2017.
IDWF 2016 Year-end message: "We have grown, we have spoken out, and we have become the voice of the voiceless," says Myrtle Witbooi— by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2016 02:45 PM
"Yes! We are powerful women. We have proven that we as women leaders we can stand firm when the storms of life hit us."
Global: IDWF Statement on International Migrants Day - December 18 2016 - Domestic Workers of the World Unite!— by IDWFED — last modified Feb 14, 2017 05:46 PM
That was the pledge domestic workers made at the founding congress of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) in Uruguay three years ago. Today, on International Migrants Day, we once again remind ourselves that with unity we have the strength to free ourselves, especially migrant domestic workers, so that we are slaves no more.
Global: IDWF is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon— by IDWFED — last modified Feb 14, 2017 05:47 PM
The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon - Sushila Rana known as Zogana Rana, and Roja Maya Limbu known as Rosie Limbaugh - without formal and clear explanation of the charges levelled against them.
To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the 23 December 2016.
Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.
A new ILO report calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.
Trinidad and Tobago has an estimated 30, 000 domestic workers, who remain amongst the most undervalued, underpaid and under protected group of workers in the country.
It's official! On October 11, JAMAICA became the 23rd country to officially ratify ILO Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers!
Jamaican conglomerate GraceKennedy has applauded Prime Minister Andrew Holness for signing the instrument of ratification for ILO Convention C 189 during the recently-held 71st session of the United Nation’s (UN) General Assembly.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the government on Thursday, September 22, due to its commitment to empower women economically has signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention).
Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says Government is in the final stages of ratifying the Convention for Decent Work for Domestic Workers, 2011.
Apps providing domestic cooks, cleaners and care workers are growing rapidly in countries like India, Mexico and South Africa. Research Officer Abigail Hunt explores whether this is likely to be good or bad for the women who use them.
In September, IDWF had a delegation of 9 people participating in the Association of Women in Development Forum in Bahia, Brazil. This conference takes place every four years. The theme of the Forum was ‘Feminist Futures’ and it brought together a diverse array of feminist and women’s rights organisations, workers’ organisations, LBTI groups, and indigenous and peasant organizations.
Jamaica: To Prime Minister Andrew Holness: Yes! We look forward to Jamaica becoming the 23rd country to ratify C189!— by IDWFED — last modified Sep 23, 2016 06:46 PM
Please add your name to this sign-on letter encouraging him and the Jamaican government to take quick action to become the 13th country in Latin America and the Caribbean (out of 22 internationally) to ratify the ILO’s Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C189).
Trinidad and Tobago: Domestic workers law coming, says Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development— by IDWFED — last modified Jul 22, 2016 08:39 PM
Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, says she is fully supportive of the inclusion of domestic workers under labour legislation and the measure will be in “the first package” of forthcoming amendments to the Industrial Relations Act (IRA).
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be moving quickly to ratify the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention on Domestic Workers. It is aimed at guaranteeing fundamental labour rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide. The Prime Minister, in the meanwhile, lauded GraceKennedy for implementing the Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year Award, noting that it is a good demonstration of corporate social responsibility by the company.
Jamaica: Shirley Pryce given a special award for her contribution to the development of domestic workers' profession— by IDWFED — last modified Jul 28, 2016 12:36 AM
President of Jamaica Household Workers’ Union Shirley Pryce received a special award for her sterling contribution to the development of the profession. For the past 25 years, Pryce has fought for the rights of domestic workers in Jamaica and the Caribbean. In receiving her award, Pryce acknowledged the role played by Heather Little-White in inspiring her to dedicate her time to this cause.
On June 16 2011, the ILO adopted Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers and its accompanying Recommendation 201. Since then, after a slow start progress has been made: 22 countries have ratified the convention, more than 30 have extended legislative protections to domestic workers.
In Trinidad and Tobago, domestic work (estimated at 30,000 employees by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago) is a growing sector. The members of the National Union of Domestic Workers (NUDE) formed Service Workers Centre Cooperative Society (SWCCS) in 2014 for improved benefits and working conditions and to have a legal entity for domestic workers that is recognized by employers. Domestic workers’ participation in a democratic workplace upholds their rights as workers and as citizens of our society. The work of the ILO on this topic is guided by the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) , which to date has been adopted by 22 countries.
On International Domestic Workers’ Day, we celebrate a growing movement to assert the rights of this vast but hidden workforce. An estimated 67.1 million people are employed in domestic work around the world, most of them women. They cook, clean, and care for children and the elderly. But working behind closed doors in private homes, many have few legal protections and regularly experience exploitation and abuse.
This year, the focus for World Day Against Child Labour – marked on 12 June - is on child labour and supply chains. With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present.
Global: This June 16, we call upon the employers of domestic workers to support the rights of domestic workers, says Elizabeth Tang— by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 05:21 PM
We know there are many people in our communities who respect our work and our dignity as human beings. Let’s all advance the "My Fair Home" campaign. Encourage your members to talk to their employers to make the pledge.
"What we won in 2011 was the road to our freedom. Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights. 16th June is ours, so let us free ourselves."
Global: International Domestic Workers Day 2016 June 16 - International Launch of the My Fair Home Campaign— by IDWFED — last modified Aug 22, 2016 06:38 PM
This year on June 16, the IDWF will launch the My Fair Home campaign internationally jointly with the My Fair Home champions.
UN Women Training Centre is hosting a series of free online lectures and one of them is "Organizing migrant domestic workers" on June 7 by Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary.
Sharing good practice and experience in both countries sending and receiving workers is key to improve migrant domestic workers’ rights, says Maria Elena Valenzuela, Project Coordinator, ILO Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and Their families. outlines the findings of the latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.