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by IDWFED published Nov 24, 2014 02:10 PM
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India: Child Domestic Workers - Acting against child labour in domestic work

India: Child Domestic Workers - Acting against child labour in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 27, 2017 06:19 PM

Child domestic workers have to forego education, they often work in exploitative, harmful and hazardous conditions, hidden from the public and far away from their families. Fortunately, a range of actors in Asia including domestic workers and their organizations have taken action to realize decent work for domestic workers and tackle child labour in domestic work.

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Indonesia: Workers, not helpers - Organizing and empowering domestic workers

Indonesia: Workers, not helpers - Organizing and empowering domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 27, 2017 06:21 PM

Two domestic workers in Indonesia, Ludiah and Hesti, share their thoughts and experiences of joining unions.

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India: The flip side of development – displacement and migration

India: The flip side of development – displacement and migration

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2017 02:35 PM

More and more of us work on migration or with migrant workers these days. We also know that the migrant workers get the worst deal even in sectors where other local workers may have more decent working conditions.

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USA:  "When there is an extreme power imbalance, people—particularly women—are vulnerable to slavery."

USA: "When there is an extreme power imbalance, people—particularly women—are vulnerable to slavery."

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 13, 2017 12:35 AM

Last month an article entitled “My Family's Slave,” published in the magazine The Atlantic, went viral on social media in the US and Philippines. The article was written by a man whose family enslaved a domestic worker for decades.

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Uganda: Ugandan Migrant Domestic Workers - Challenges and organizing successes

Uganda: Ugandan Migrant Domestic Workers - Challenges and organizing successes

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2017 11:04 PM

In 2016 HTS-Union (UHFTAWU) ran radio campaigns on domestic workers that was not limited to locals, but also migrant domestic workers. As a result over 67 local domestic workers have contacted the union for assistance and guidance while migrant domestic workers have been rescued from forced labour and abusive employment.

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Jamaica: "I slept in the dog house because I wanted to go to school", says Shirley Pryce

Jamaica: "I slept in the dog house because I wanted to go to school", says Shirley Pryce

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 16, 2017 04:06 PM

Shirley Pryce, formerly a domestic worker herself, advocates for domestic workers’ rights in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. Globally The memory of her employers locking her out at night because she wanted to go to evening classes stays haunts her to date. Following Jamaica’s ratification of the ILO Convention on Domestic Workers, Pryce is advocating for a national law to protect the rights of domestic workers.

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Kenya: Profile of Ruth Khakame

Kenya: Profile of Ruth Khakame

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 06:23 PM

Ruth Khakame is a rising domestic worker leader in KUDHEIHA (Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers. She has been a domestic worker for 7 years. She joined the union in 2013 in the Nairobi branch, in 2014 she was elected chairperson of the National Council of Domestic Workers in KUDHEIHA, and she is a board member of KUDHEIHA representing the sector.

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Italy: Profile of Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez

Italy: Profile of Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 05:39 PM

IDWF is happy to welcome Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez as a replacement for Giuliana Mesina on the Executive Committee. Giuliana has had to step down from her ExCo role due to other responsibilities and FILCAMS has nominated Wendy.

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Thailand: Profile of Kyan Par

Thailand: Profile of Kyan Par

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 06:11 PM

One will be amazed by how Burmese domestic workers are organized in Thailand. Kyan Par joined the Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand in Dec 2014, and was soon elected as the President of the Network of Migrant Domestic Workers (MDW) in Thailand.

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Mexico: Profile of Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar

Mexico: Profile of Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 05:23 PM

Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar, born October 23, 1975 in Mexico City to parents from Oaxaca, a southern Mexican state. She began working as a domestic worker at the age of 13 for a 3 member family where she didn’t even have a place to sleep other than the floor of the living room. Ana Laura worked in various household with families that did not treat her well, she faced discrimination, violation of her rights, and child labor exploitation with overwork and very long days.

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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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Hong Kong: "Strangers at Home" - selected stories and photos available online

Hong Kong: "Strangers at Home" - selected stories and photos available online

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 18, 2016 09:02 PM

The award winning book "Strangers at Home" (外傭—住在家中的陌生人) explores the lives of migrant domestic workers who go to Hong Kong to work and the impact on this migration on their families back home. The book features a series of personal stories and photo essays from both Hong Kong and the Philippines, as well as a series of interviews with employers and experts.

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India: There's no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do, says a domestic worker

India: There's no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do, says a domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 03, 2016 09:52 PM

Previously I was known as a domestic worker—I was embarrassed to tell my fellow classmates. But my trainers and classmates treated me equally once they found out my role of work. There’s no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do—I am much more than just what I am employed as. I am a daughter. I am proud. I am encouraged. I am a sister.

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UK: Sara's Story of Domestic Slavery

UK: Sara's Story of Domestic Slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 04, 2016 05:08 PM

Like hundreds of others, Sara, an Indian national, came to the UK to work for a wealthy family as a domestic worker. Instead she found herself trapped in the nightmare of domestic slavery.

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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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UK: Domestic workers abused in London -"She took the iron and pressed it on my hand"

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 13, 2016 09:29 PM

Filipino workers suffer shocking abuse at the hands of wealthy Gulf employers staying in London, but fear of being deported prevents them reporting it.

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UK: "I was just a slave" - The foreign domestic workers living a life of five-star serfdom in London

UK: "I was just a slave" - The foreign domestic workers living a life of five-star serfdom in London

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 13, 2016 09:29 PM

They live in some of London’s most exclusive locations, cooking, cleaning and caring for the children of a rich foreign elite. But for many overseas domestic workers, the veneer of reflected glamour conceals a much darker world, one in which they are denied a passport, salary, food and even sleep while working 20-hour days.

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Philippines: Domestic workers face long road to labor rights at home and abroad

Philippines: Domestic workers face long road to labor rights at home and abroad

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 03:49 PM

Read the special report of Remy Borlongan and Rex Varona on how migrant domestic workers face long road to labor rights at home and abroad.

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Nepal: Nepalese women trafficked to Syria and forced to work as domestic workers

Nepal: Nepalese women trafficked to Syria and forced to work as domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 09:50 PM

Unscrupulous agents lure women into conflict zones with promises of employment abroad only to leave them working long hours for little or no pay.

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Colombia: A domestic worker's Peaceful Rebellion

Colombia: A domestic worker's Peaceful Rebellion

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 10:02 PM

Ms. Roa’s movement is one example of what’s needed. “It was profound inequality that precipitated the conflict,” said Viviana Osorio, a lawyer and labor leader in Medellín who has worked with Ms. Roa. “If that doesn’t change, we won’t have lasting and sustainable peace.”

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