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Strategic Plan 2016-2020

by IDWFED published Jul 11, 2016 03:20 PM

The IDWF Five Year Plan 2016-2020:


By 2020, a strong, democratic and united domestic and household workers global organization will be contributing to the protection and advancement of the rights of its 670,000 members, and the rights of domestic and household workers everywhere.

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By 2020, 670,000 domestic and household workers (including migrant domestic and household workers) represented by 80 affiliates in at least 60 countries 20 are organizing to increase their power to affect the decisions that affect their lives, are actively contributing to the strength of their workers’ organisations, are engaging with the work of the IDWF, and taking ownership of the federation through the following:

  • Participating in IDWF decision-making processes
  • Participating in and leading strategic campaigns to improve the lives of domestic workers
  • Providing capacity building for organisations and leaders
  • Representing the IDWF publicly and in external communications
  • Taking action in solidarity with other IDWF affiliates

IDWF’s 5-Year Strategic Plan (2016-2020)

In February 2015, with support from IUF, Kommunal, Olof Palme Centre (Sweden), Solidarity Centre (US), WIEGO, IDWF developed a 5-Year Strategic Plan with the overall aim:

“By 2020, a strong, democratic and united domestic workers’ global organisation will be contributing to the protection and advancement of the rights of its members and domestic workers everywhere.” 

In 2017-18, the IDWF workplan will help the organisation move towards achieving the five goals detailed below. The active participation of IDWF affiliates and continuous support from our partners will be vital in achieving these goals.

Read more in the IDWF 5 Year Strategic Plan 2016-2020 >>>

The Five GoalsProgrammes & Activities in 2017-18

1)    Federation Development – Increase membership to at least 670,000, in 80 affiliates, in 60 countries.

  • Convene the IDWF 2nd Congress to elect ExCo members for next 5-year term
  • Convene regular ExCo meetings to ensure the organisation is moving forward according to its rules and work plans
  • To work with affiliates to expand their organisations with more members and leaders
  • Identify and affiliate new domestic worker organisations
  • Strengthen organisational infrastructure with tools, such as databases, social media platforms, etc. to facilitate sharing, networking and exchange among affiliates, between affiliates and the IDWF, and with other trade unions and CSOs
  • Develop systems & tools to allow membership fee payment to be more efficient and convenient
  • To actively identify new and additional financial resources to meet the needs of affiliates and increase IDWF’s staff

2)    Strengthening Capacity Building – 950 domestic worker leaders will have the capacity to deliver trainings to 20,000 domestic workers.

  • Publish two training modules:  “Planning for Success” and “Political Education”
  • Publish a “Good Practice Report” to showcase some of the activities among affiliates in Asia
  • Conduct regional training of trainers workshop for French-speaking affiliates in Africa
  • Implement domestic workers “Practicum” with affiliates
  • Implement a regional leadership development programme in Latin America
  • Conduct organisational assessment with five affiliates annually to identify key challenges and needs for strategic planning

3)    Effective Campaign and Research – IDWF will have the resources necessary to conduct theme based campaigns and/or research

  • To support affiliates’ advocacy and campaigning to ratify C189 and enactment of local laws, targeting countries such as Antigua, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Nepal, and Tanzania
  • To launch advocacy and campaign actions on gender-based violence at work and the ILO process, including development of two toolkits and regional workshops in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
  • Publish a handbook on child domestic workers and conduct awareness raising workshops in selected countries
  • To support affiliates in implementing the “My Fair Home” campaign and to build a network of supporters in at least 10 countries including Bahrain, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and Uganda

4)    Migrant Domestic Workers Organizing – 200,000 migrant domestic workers will be members of IDWF

  • Convene at least three capacity building workshops for affiliates in East Africa and Middle East.
  • Provide capacity building to support migrant domestic workers advocacy and organising in Jordan, Kuwait, and Lebanon
  • Organise skills training for refugees and migrant domestic workers in Lebanon
  • Conduct research in Morocco and Tunisia on migrant domestic workers
  • To represent migrant domestic workers in regional dialogues and processes such as GFMD, Colombo Process, etc.
  • Conduct a regional leadership workshop for Filipino migrant domestic workers leaders followed by “practicum” in four countries

5)    Representation of Domestic Workers – IDWF affiliates will have the needs of their membership represented at an international level through increasing representation in global trade union organisations, and strategic partnership with civil society organisations.

  • To work collaboratively with the ILO, trade unions, and other CSOs in its advocacy and campaigns on gender-based violence, care economy and migrant domestic workers
  • To participate in the International Labour Conference in 2018.
  • To register IDWF with the ILO and UN Commission on Status of Women as a workers representative body
  • Supports affiliates to build alliances with multi-sector unions or national trade union centres in national, regional and international levels