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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:06 PM
IDWF 2016 Year-end message: "We have grown, we have spoken out, and we have become the voice of the voiceless," says Myrtle Witbooi

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."

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Global: IDWF Statement on International Migrants Day - December 18 2016 - Domestic Workers of the World Unite!

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.

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Global: IDWF is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon

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.

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Global: IDWF is hiring - Regional Coordinator, Latin America (CLOSED)

Global: IDWF is hiring - Regional Coordinator, Latin America (CLOSED)

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 29, 2017 06:51 PM

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter by email to info@idwfed.org no later than the 23 December 2016.

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Global: Regulations, incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work

Global: Regulations, incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 08, 2016 04:40 PM

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.

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Global: New strategies to reduce informality in domestic work

Global: New strategies to reduce informality in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 21, 2016 03:58 PM

A new ILO report calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

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USA: NDWA holds National Assembly with 500 domestic workers and leaders

USA: NDWA holds National Assembly with 500 domestic workers and leaders

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 09:32 PM

Everyone an organizer! That was the message of Dignity, Unity, Power, NDWA’s National Assembly in Washington DC from September 16th-20th. Every two years, we come together as a movement to support each other, learn from each other, and work together to strengthen our organizing of home care workers and domestic workers around the country.

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Global: What the "Uber-isation" of domestic work means for women

Global: What the "Uber-isation" of domestic work means for women

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 05:14 PM

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.

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Brazil: IDWF at the AWID Forum 2016

Brazil: IDWF at the AWID Forum 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 09:01 PM

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.

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USA: Matahari Women Workers' Center Condemns Au Pair Industry Efforts to Remove Labor Protections for Domestic Workers

USA: Matahari Women Workers' Center Condemns Au Pair Industry Efforts to Remove Labor Protections for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 07, 2016 11:29 PM

As the U.S. Recognizes Workers on Labor Day, the Matahari Women Workers’ Center Condemns Industry Efforts to Remove Labor Protections From Domestic Workers

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USA: Sign petition and Send some love and solidarity to black domestic workers in the US

USA: Sign petition and Send some love and solidarity to black domestic workers in the US

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 28, 2016 12:56 AM

IDWF invites affiliates around the world to send messages of solidarity through social media. Use the hashtags #dwdignity and #blacklivesmatter and @IDWFed. Post a photo on facebook saying "Domestic Workers from [your country] in solidarity with black domestic workers in the US #blacklivesmatter."

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Global: On International Domestic Workers' Day, Turn Rights into Reality

Global: On International Domestic Workers' Day, Turn Rights into Reality

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 04:41 PM

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.

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Global: Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – 5 years after the convention

Global: Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – 5 years after the convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 03:51 PM

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.

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Global: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!

Global: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 11:32 PM

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.

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Global: This June 16, we call upon the employers of domestic workers to support the rights of domestic workers, says Elizabeth Tang

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.

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Global: Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights, says Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights, says Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 05:22 PM

"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."

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Global: International Domestic Workers Day 2016 June 16 - International Launch of the My Fair Home Campaign

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.

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Global: Free online lecture on "Organizing migrant domestic workers"

Global: Free online lecture on "Organizing migrant domestic workers"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 07, 2016 04:32 PM

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.

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Global: International cooperation is essential to promote migrant domestic workers' rights

Global: International cooperation is essential to promote migrant domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 07, 2016 09:22 PM

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.

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USA: The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the Senate with bi-partisan support

USA: The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the Senate with bi-partisan support

by IDWFED — last modified May 13, 2016 02:53 PM

On May 11, the struggle of Illinois domestic workers took a major step forward with an overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate vote of 53 to 0 to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (HB 1288).

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Global: "Let us work together and make life for domestic workers change for the better."

Global: "Let us work together and make life for domestic workers change for the better."

by IDWFED — last modified May 16, 2016 06:50 PM

The Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families seeks to promote the human and labour rights of migrant domestic workers worldwide by addressing the challenges that make migrant domestic workers particularly vulnerable to the risks of exploitation and abuse.

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USA: SB1015 passes the Senate Labor Committee

USA: SB1015 passes the Senate Labor Committee

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 11, 2016 05:14 PM

California SB 1015, the 2016 Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, just passed out of labor committee 4 to 1! Congratulations to domestic workers!

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CSW60: Investment in social protections for care work will make our societies more just, equal, and healthy, says Jill Shenker

CSW60: Investment in social protections for care work will make our societies more just, equal, and healthy, says Jill Shenker

by IDWFED — last modified May 17, 2017 10:31 PM

Remarks by Jill Shenker, North America Coordinator for the International Domestic Workers Federation, who spoke about the need to value care work.

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CSW60: Human trafficking must be called by its true name - modern slavery - a dishonor of our common humanity, says Shirley Pryce

CSW60: Human trafficking must be called by its true name - modern slavery - a dishonor of our common humanity, says Shirley Pryce

by IDWFED — last modified May 17, 2017 10:35 PM

Shirley Pryce (Jamaica Household Workers Union, Caribbean Domestic Workers Network, International Domestic Workers Federation) spoke at the UN Commission on the Status of Women 60 (2016) panel on Combatting the Trafficking of Women and Girls: What Role Can the Private Sector Play in Addressing and Preventing Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery?

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CSW60: Domestic work is the work that makes all other work possible, says Allison Julien

CSW60: Domestic work is the work that makes all other work possible, says Allison Julien

by IDWFED — last modified May 17, 2017 10:34 PM

On March 16, Allison Julien, a domestic worker, gave public comment at the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment during the Commission on the Status of Women. She was unable to complete her statement, despite being the only worker to provide comment. Here is her complete statement. You can watch the full discussion, including Allison’s statement around minute 50 here.

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USA: Victory in Massachusetts! NDWA Affiliate, Matahari, protected au pairs rights and the domestic workers' law!

USA: Victory in Massachusetts! NDWA Affiliate, Matahari, protected au pairs rights and the domestic workers' law!

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 13, 2016 04:16 PM

On March 14, domestic worker leaders from Matahari attended a State House hearing on H.B. 4053, a bill that sought to exclude au pairs from the Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Law, passed in 2014. It aimed to take away critical labor rights and protections from this group of domestic workers, creating an underclass of childcare providers, and undercutting the childcare industry as a whole.

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Global: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection, says ILO

Global: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection, says ILO

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 21, 2016 05:08 PM

60 million of the world’s 67 million domestic workers still do not have access to any kind of social security coverage, says a new ILO study entitled “Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics ”.

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Global: We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day

Global: We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2016 05:32 PM

This year, in celebration of March 8th International Women’s Day, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our new leaders across the IDWF. The IDWF is proud to be led by them. With such organizing, our future is hopeful. On this International Women’s Day, we salute these leaders and the many contributions they are bringing to the movement.

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USA: Profile of Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien

USA: Profile of Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2016 07:00 PM

Gilda Blanco is a housecleaner who came to the United States in 2008 from Livingston, Guatemala — the cradle of Garifuna culture in the region. Allison Julien migrated from Barbados and has been a nanny in New York City for 25 years.

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Global: ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers" in 2016

Global: ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers" in 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 24, 2016 04:04 PM

Do you want to know how to make decent work a reality for domestic workers in your country? Apply now for ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers".

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