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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:06 PM
USA: The experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today

USA: The experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 28, 2016 04:38 PM

To National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo, the experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today. The solution? A social movement.

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USA: Beyond survival - moving to end domestic labour trafficking

USA: Beyond survival - moving to end domestic labour trafficking

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 25, 2016 04:43 PM

Ending labour trafficking requires us to elevate the voices of survivors and collaborate across state and policy lines to ensure accountability.

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Global: New Year message from Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President & Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary

Global: New Year message from Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President & Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 17, 2016 05:14 PM

The last year was an extremely important year for IDWF. It was a year of rapid growth, both in terms of membership size and leadership formation. It was evident as domestic worker leaders came together at regional workshops and meetings to discuss strategies, share stories, and make plans. The IDWF became better known and we are working together with increasing numbers of trade unions and other allies.

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Global: Message from Myrtle to all workers at the end of 2015

Global: Message from Myrtle to all workers at the end of 2015

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 21, 2015 05:22 PM

Let us take a moment to say thank you and salute all for the achievements over the last year.

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Global: Awarding Excellence in Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration

Global: Awarding Excellence in Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 09:10 PM

To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, the ILO, in collaboration with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are pleased to announce the results of the competition showcasing excellence in media reporting on labour migration. The winner for the category “Professional Journalist” went to Ángeles Mariscal and Moysés Zuñiga and their article about Guatemalan domestic workers.

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Global: New ILO figures show 150 million migrants in the global workforce

Global: New ILO figures show 150 million migrants in the global workforce

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 18, 2015 09:45 PM

A new ILO statistical study provides estimates on labour migration, including regions and industries where international migrant workers are established and a special focus on migrants in domestic work.

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USA: It's time to take our values online - The Good Work Code

USA: It's time to take our values online - The Good Work Code

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 03, 2015 10:07 PM

The Good Work Code is a set of eight simple values that are the foundation of good work: Safety, Stability & Flexibility, Transparency, Shared Prosperity, A Livable Wage, Inclusion & Input, Support & Connection, and Growth & Development. These common sense principles can act as a northstar for companies searching for guidance in this emerging sector.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi talks about importance of C189 on RadioLabour

Global: Myrtle Witbooi talks about importance of C189 on RadioLabour

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 30, 2015 04:35 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, the President of the International Domestic Workers' Federation, has been granted the 2015 Fairness award for her work to have domestic workers covered by ILO Convention 189.

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Global: IDWF President Myrtle Witbooi earns Global Fairness Award

Global: IDWF President Myrtle Witbooi earns Global Fairness Award

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 02:05 PM

The Global Fairness Initiative honored International Domestic Worker Federation President Myrtle Witbooi as one of three 2015 Global Fairness Award recipients. This extraordinary recognition of Myrtle's lifetime achievement celebrated her years of organizing domestic workers in South Africa, and now around the world. Myrtle's acceptance of this award on behalf of the "millions of domestic workers who continue to struggle" placed the the IDWF in the international spotlinght -- as a transformational movement for women workers, immigrants and labor activists.

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Global: "This award is in honor of all domestic workers who are still voiceless," says Fairness Award Winner Myrtle Witbooi

Global: "This award is in honor of all domestic workers who are still voiceless," says Fairness Award Winner Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 03, 2015 03:14 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and the first president of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), was honored with the 2015 Fairness Award on November 2, 2015 at the 6th Annual Fairness Award, Washington, D.C., USA.

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USA: Breakfast Discussion with Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President

USA: Breakfast Discussion with Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 24, 2015 03:13 PM

Join the Breakfast Discussion with Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, on Tuesday, November 3 - From 8:30 to 10:00am: "We had been slaves, now we have a union."

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Global: Capacity Building Resources - Fund for Global Human Rights

Global: Capacity Building Resources - Fund for Global Human Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:39 PM

Regular, Emergency and Donor-Advised Grants for Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America

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Global: Capacity Buliding Resources - Global Fund for Women

Global: Capacity Buliding Resources - Global Fund for Women

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:40 PM

Women-led NGOs can now submit their organizational profiles for possible grant support from the Global Fund for Women for its 2016 grant making. Global Fund for Women provides small women-led organizations outside of the United States grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year for operating and project expenses.

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USA: "Everything is a workaround": Life in Obama's agencies as Congress does nothing

USA: "Everything is a workaround": Life in Obama's agencies as Congress does nothing

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:37 PM

In the absence of new laws protecting workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has gotten creative.

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USA: Ai-jen Poo's conversation with President Obama on Good Work Code

USA: Ai-jen Poo's conversation with President Obama on Good Work Code

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 17, 2015 09:27 PM

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) just launched the Good Work Code, a set of values to guide the online economy in creating good work. They were discussing the Good Work Code with President Obama at The White House Summit on Worker Voice.

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Global: It's time to end modern slavery

Global: It's time to end modern slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:42 PM

Call on your government to ratify the protocol to end forced labour.

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Global: October 7 – World Day for Decent Work

Global: October 7 – World Day for Decent Work

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

Stand up for the right to fair migration and Decent Work for all!

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Global: ILO launches global media competition on labour migration

Global: ILO launches global media competition on labour migration

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched its first-ever global media competition on labour migration issues. Competition to encourage fair reporting on labour migration by recognizing the best media coverage and accurate reporting on the topic.

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USA: Why 100 women walked 100 miles

USA: Why 100 women walked 100 miles

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 08:45 PM

Ai-jen Poo: 100 immigrant women walked from Pennsylvania to D.C. during Pope's visit to urge leaders to turn Pope's message to action. She says the women want a pathway to legal status in the country where they now labor; to be free to be proud members of society.

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USA:  100 Women Will Keep Walking Until the Pope's Call Is Answered

USA: 100 Women Will Keep Walking Until the Pope's Call Is Answered

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 16, 2015 03:11 PM

After the 100 mile pilgrimage, announcing a commitment to dignity for migrants.

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Global: Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

Global: Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 10, 2016 03:41 PM

A campaign to improve the working conditions of domestic workers throughout Asia by reaching out to their employers will be launched on Friday 25 September, in Bangkok.

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USA: For some domestic workers, a life of isolated servitude

USA: For some domestic workers, a life of isolated servitude

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 07, 2015 04:46 PM

An estimated 67,000 of them work in Massachusetts — equivalent to the employment in Boston’s finance industry. Most are treated fairly and paid lawfully by their employers. But because they toil behind closed doors, these workers are vulnerable to wage theft and other mistreatment, say legal advocates and law enforcement authorities. And for immigrants, who comprise about one-third of this work force, the challenges are greater. Many put in grueling hours and are paid less than minimum wage, while being denied basic rights like time off.

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Global: Five ways to get along with your domestic worker

Global: Five ways to get along with your domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

What many employers don't realise is that forging a closer relationship with their domestic workers can actually reap many benefits.

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USA: Vote today for NDWA and help start strong to win up to $100,000 from CREDO

USA: Vote today for NDWA and help start strong to win up to $100,000 from CREDO

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 01, 2015 06:15 PM

NDWA's been selected by CREDO, the country’s only progressive phone company, to win up to $100,000 to support their work!

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USA: Pitting Grandma Against Her Caregiver

USA: Pitting Grandma Against Her Caregiver

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 05:57 PM

A new infographic from the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Domestic Workers Alliance about the home care industry.

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USA: DC Court of Appeals rulled that home care workers are entitled to basic minimum wage

USA: DC Court of Appeals rulled that home care workers are entitled to basic minimum wage

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 24, 2015 04:09 PM

Big news for 2 million homecare workers nationwide: federal court rules in favor of overtime & minimum wage!

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USA: NDWA Applauds Appeals Court Decision Granting Two Million Home Care Workers Basic Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 05:37 PM

Securing Basic Protections for Home Care Workers Is Crucial to Strengthening Critical, Growing Workforce

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Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 03, 2015 02:38 PM

The Global Fairness Initiative just announced that Myrtle Witbooi, a leading labor rights activist on behalf of Domestic Workers, will be honored with the 2015 Fairness Award. Ms. Witbooi is the General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and the first president of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). A former domestic worker during apartheid South Africa, her leadership helped secure passage of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C. 189), marking unprecedented involvement of informal women workers in the ILO standard-setting process.

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Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 10, 2015 02:14 PM

Course on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Oct. 26-30, 2015 at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO) in Turin, Italy. Offered in English and Arabic. Scholarships available for those who qualify.

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Global: EC-ILO cooperation brings better life for migrant domestic workers

Global: EC-ILO cooperation brings better life for migrant domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:22 PM

The EU-funded Global Action Project on Migrant Domestic Workers expands knowledge on the challenges that domestic workers face, advocates for their rights, encourages policy and legislative reform, and supports organization and advocacy through pilot interventions in five migration corridors.

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