On the occasion of the 20 year jubilee of the adoption of International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, and the two year anniversary of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) which was adopted by the majority of UN Member States at an Intergovernmental Conference in Morocco, followed closely by formal endorsement by the UN General Assembly on 19 December, the International Domestic Workers Federation gathered in a webinar to celebrate migrant workers resistance across borders and movements.
The Webinar started with a message from our president, South African Labor Activist and the General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU), Myrtle Witbooi:
“Our message should be clear: We, as migrant workers, need to start educating ourselves, and we must enter the age of technology and the digital world. Our cellphone is ours and we are to start using it. What we have won, in terms of policies, is standing still, and we must make sure that we take it out of the drawers and out of the closets, for these changes to become a reality. We must make sure that we are mobilized. We have to unite all the migrant worker organizations around the world to lobby better and stronger.”