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by IDWFED published Oct 14, 2014 04:45 PM
Global: Domestic Workers Speak - A global struggle for rights and recognition (video)

Global: Domestic Workers Speak - A global struggle for rights and recognition (video)

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2017 06:07 PM

International Domestic Workers Rights Day – June 16 – celebrates the 67 million mainly women workers who do the behind the scenes work to keep our lives, societies and economies functioning.

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Global: International Domestic Workers Day June 16 2017, the IDWF calls for "All for one, One for all: Dignity and Decent Work for all National, Migrant and Refugee Domestic Workers"

Global: International Domestic Workers Day June 16 2017, the IDWF calls for "All for one, One for all: Dignity and Decent Work for all National, Migrant and Refugee Domestic Workers"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 17, 2017 10:20 PM

In 2017, 21.3 million people worldwide are refugees displaced from their homelands. One of the few employment options available to women (and girl) refugees, who account for 50 per cent of this population, is domestic work. The sector – loosely regulated and with limited barriers to entry – attracts many refugees who otherwise find it difficult to obtain work permits and to have their degrees and qualifications recognized.

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Global: 2017 June 16 Resources Highlight

Global: 2017 June 16 Resources Highlight

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2017 06:08 PM

In honor of International Domestic Workers Day (IDWD) we want to share these resources:

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Latin America: Migrant Domestic Workers in Latin America

Latin America: Migrant Domestic Workers in Latin America

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 13, 2017 12:12 AM

International Domestic Workers Day is a celebration of a movement that seeks to secure the rights of this growing but generally hidden workforce. IDWF and its affiliates, together with a global network of organizations that work to protect migrant workers, join forces and develop different actions, services, research and resources in their efforts to guarantee the human rights of all domestic workers; independently of their nationality or immigration status.

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Europe: IDWF at the ILO

Europe: IDWF at the ILO

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 14, 2017 07:07 PM

Several IDWF leaders from the ExCo, staff, and affiliates are participating now in the International Labour Conference discussions on labour migration, governance, and fair recruitment, ensuring the realities and needs of migrant domestic workers are addressed. Of particular concern are undocumented migrant workers, among them many domestic workers.

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Belgium: IDWF receiving the Sr Jeanne Devos Award

Belgium: IDWF receiving the Sr Jeanne Devos Award

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 14, 2017 01:28 PM

On behalf of the IDWF, Elizabeth Tang, our General Secretary receiving the Sr Jeanne Devos Award from Pia, the President of the CSC Service Union at its congress on June 9.

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Spain: Sign Petition for C189 Ratification

Spain: Sign Petition for C189 Ratification

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2017 11:58 PM

The campaign for C189 ratification is underway in Spain, by Grupo Turin. Please sign this petition to lend our international support!

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India: "Unity is power" - Residents of Mumbai gated complex sack domestic workers who protested "rate card"

India: "Unity is power" - Residents of Mumbai gated complex sack domestic workers who protested "rate card"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 05, 2017 04:28 PM

Around 200 workers staged a three-day strike after residents of a development in Chandivali unilaterally fixed wages at a level they believed was unfair.

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Senegal: Conference of domestic unions On the Ratification Strategy of Convention C189

Senegal: Conference of domestic unions On the Ratification Strategy of Convention C189

by IDWFED — last modified May 31, 2017 11:09 PM

Under the auspices of the trade unions of domestic workers, a conference on the strategy to be adopted for the ratification of Convention C189 was held on Saturday 20 May 2017 at the Douta SECK Cultural House.

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Indonesia:  Respecting the role of Domestic Workers in Indonesia through Legal Protection

Indonesia: Respecting the role of Domestic Workers in Indonesia through Legal Protection

by IDWFED — last modified May 18, 2017 05:22 PM

The perception of domestic work as easy and not valuable must change. The absence of legal protection for DWs allows employers to hire DWs for as low a wage as possible. There is an urgent need to formalize this relationship between employer and domestic worker, and to implement specific laws to protect the rights of DWs, since both employer and DWs are mutually in need of one other.

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IDWF Statement on the May Day 2017: Uniting for a World of Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice for all

IDWF Statement on the May Day 2017: Uniting for a World of Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice for all

by IDWFED — last modified May 01, 2017 01:34 AM

International Workers' Day, celebrated on the First of May, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world.

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Asia: IDWF piloted a strategic planning Training-of-Trainers, followed by a 3-month practicum

Asia: IDWF piloted a strategic planning Training-of-Trainers, followed by a 3-month practicum

by IDWFED — last modified May 02, 2017 01:22 PM

IDWF piloted a strategic planning Training-of-Trainers in Asia, followed by a 3-month practicum where participants put what they had learned into practice in their organizations.

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Global: IDWF - Winner of the South Korean TJI HAKSOON JUSTICE & PEACE AWARD 2017

Global: IDWF - Winner of the South Korean TJI HAKSOON JUSTICE & PEACE AWARD 2017

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2017 05:24 PM

IDWF won the 20th TJI HAKSOON Justice & Peace Award, by THE BISHOP TJI HAKSOON JUSTICE & PEACE FOUNDATION based in S. Korea. IDWF was awarded in recognition of its work to promote Domestic Workers’ right over the world.

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USA: Kids to Trump: Stop Deportations!

USA: Kids to Trump: Stop Deportations!

by IDWFED — last modified May 02, 2017 02:08 PM

The National Domestic Workers Alliance was one of the main organizers for a kids caravan and week of action for immigrant rights.

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Global: The contradictions of contemporary au pair schemes

Global: The contradictions of contemporary au pair schemes

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 14, 2017 11:30 PM

Not all au pairs are exploited, but they do all carry out domestic work in conditions that have been identified as encouraging maltreatment. Recognising them as workers is a first step towards ensuring their fair treatment, but it is only a first step.

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Jamaica: Promo audio for the coming interview with Shirley Pryce

Jamaica: Promo audio for the coming interview with Shirley Pryce

by IDWFED — last modified May 11, 2017 01:40 PM

"This Sunday we meet the queen of the pack - MS. SHIRLEY PRYCE, Founder and President of the Jamaica Household Workers Union, and her own story is phenomenal."

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Latin America: IDWF Regional meeting and CONLACTRAHO Congress

Latin America: IDWF Regional meeting and CONLACTRAHO Congress

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 29, 2017 11:11 PM

IDWF Regional meeting, Santiago de Chile, March 24-25 and CONLACTRAHO Congress and workshop on GBV, Mar 26-30.

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Jamaica: Domestic workers entitled to eight weeks of maternity leave

Jamaica: Domestic workers entitled to eight weeks of maternity leave

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 07, 2017 06:30 PM

Domestic workers can claim for maternity leave allowance for a maximum period of eight weeks.

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Italy: FILCAMS CGIL "The YES of Women"

Italy: FILCAMS CGIL "The YES of Women"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 05, 2017 05:25 PM

Filcams cgil along with three other "categories" have organized an event called "The yes of Women" and there were more than 2000 women attended. IDWF EXCO member Wendy Paula Garlaza Quinonez had the opportunity to speak on behalf of domestic workers in Italy and in Europe.

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Lebanon: My Fair Home - Launch at FENASOL

Lebanon: My Fair Home - Launch at FENASOL

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 03, 2017 11:37 PM

In March 2017, the National Federation of Employees' and Workers' Unions in Lebanon (FENASOL) joined the My Fair Home Campaign, an initiative of the International Domestic Workers Federation and the International Labour Organization. FENASOL affiliates from various Lebanese unions took the pledge to respect domestic workers' rights in their own homes.

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Uzbekistan: International campaign wins release for Uzbekistan rights defender Elena Urlaeva

Uzbekistan: International campaign wins release for Uzbekistan rights defender Elena Urlaeva

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 28, 2017 06:01 PM

Elena Urlaeva was released on March 24 after 23 days of forced psychiatric "treatment", a success for the international campaign.

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Bahrain: Trade Unions joined the My Fair Home campaign

Bahrain: Trade Unions joined the My Fair Home campaign

by IDWFED — last modified May 02, 2017 01:57 PM

In collaboration with the ILO’s FAIRWAY Project, the General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions joined the My Fair Home campaign.

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Guinea: President signed the Ratification of the Convention 189

Guinea: President signed the Ratification of the Convention 189

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 28, 2017 05:17 PM

On March 22, 2017, the President of the Republic of Guinea, His Excellency Professor ALPHA CONDÉ, Head of State, signed the Ratification of the Convention 189 relating to Domestic Workers pursuant to Law / 2016 / N ° 073 / AN of December 30, 2016.

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Antigua: Passed law on Workplace Inspection for Domestic Workers

Antigua: Passed law on Workplace Inspection for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 11, 2017 05:34 PM

The Lower House of Parliament has appproved amendments to two critical pieces of law, which speak to the rights of workers and their right to be protected.

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Global: IDWF delegates at the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2017

Global: IDWF delegates at the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2017

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 29, 2017 11:35 PM

IDWF delegates bringing the voices of domestic workers to the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2017.

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Global: Domestic workers - The 20th Justice and Peace Award Winner

Global: Domestic workers - The 20th Justice and Peace Award Winner

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2017 05:23 PM

Domestic workers around the world are recognized by The Bishop Tji Haksoon Justice & Peace Foundation as the 20th Justice and Peace Award Winner. The award ceremony is held in Seoul on March 14 2017. Congratulations, domestic workers!

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Philippines: Save Jennifer Dalquez - Migrant Worker Sentenced to Death by U.A.E Court

Philippines: Save Jennifer Dalquez - Migrant Worker Sentenced to Death by U.A.E Court

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2017 12:42 AM

Jennifer's family and supporters of the 'Save Jennifer Dalquez Campaign' lodged an appeal against Jennifer's conviction and her sentence. This appeal is scheduled to be heard in court on the 27th of March, 2017.

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Caught at the cross-roads: Nepalese domestic worker activists in Lebanon fight kafala's ruthlessness, heartless human traffickers and a network of corrupt officials

Caught at the cross-roads: Nepalese domestic worker activists in Lebanon fight kafala's ruthlessness, heartless human traffickers and a network of corrupt officials

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 10, 2017 05:57 PM

The first Woman's Day was observed in 1909 to honour the 1908 International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union strike in New York. Over a century later, the IDWF is marking this day by paying tribute to Shusila Rana and Roja Maya Limbu, two of the very first domestic worker unionists in the Arab region.

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Lebanon:  Launch of My Fair Home

Lebanon: Launch of My Fair Home

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 03, 2017 11:20 PM

FENASOL's trade union affiliates signed onto the campaign!

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Kazakhstan: Domestic workers union needs help SIGN PETITION TODAY!

Kazakhstan: Domestic workers union needs help SIGN PETITION TODAY!

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 03, 2017 11:16 PM

Please support our domestic workers and other workers in Kazakhstan to campaign for the right to organize.

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