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Jordan: Domestic Workers Solidarity Network in Jordan (DWSNJ)

by IDWFED published Sep 18, 2020 12:00 AM
Jordan: Domestic Workers Solidarity Network in Jordan (DWSNJ)
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Email [email protected]
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Type Other
Number of Male Members 5
Number of Female Members 307
Members Pay Fees
Maintains Register of Fees Paid
Year Established 2014

Objectives

Mission

  •  Educating domestic workers about their legal rights and responsibilities, through training workshops and awareness raising sessions
  •  Helping domestic workers, whether victims of labor exploitation or in conflict with the law, by referring them to the network partners who provide legal services, shelter and psychological support, etc
  •  Building workers collective power through organizing and advocacy, with the help of our partners, such as the Solidarity Center, the IDWF, Adaleh Center, etc

Vision

Our vision is that all domestic workers should be recognized as workers in the labor legislations and labor policies. There are labor standards set in the convention 189 for decent work for domestic workers and the other ILO conventions that should be applied as the minimum standards. The sponsorship system is a violation to human and labor rights standards, and it has to be abolished.

Domestic work should be recognized as work and it should be professionalized. Domestic workers, therefore have the right to organize and collectively bargain to improve the work conditions.

History

The network is a grassroots organization that was established in 2014 by a group of domestic workers community leaders from the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The Solidarity Center discussed with the communities’ leaders the idea of building a solidarity network for domestic workers in Jordan to overcome labor exploitation and trafficking and the idea was welcomed. The community leaders started conducting house meetings in April and May 2014, to recruit members. In June 2014, 42 domestic workers from the 4 nationalities attended a training workshop on combating trafficking in workers through building workers’ solidarity networks, that was organized by the Solidarity Center and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the participants agreed to come together regardless of their nationality or residency status under one umbrella, which was called later the domestic workers Solidarity Network in Jordan.

The first meeting of the network was conducted in August 2014, in which the members agreed on the name, vision and mission.

In October 2014, the network launched a partnership with Adaleh Center for Human Rights studies to implement the legal clinic initiative. The network members continued since the establishment to meet on a regular basis, until the lock down took place in Jordan in March.2020. The network members are currently meeting virtually through social media.

The network was officially launched in September 2015, and the IDWF attended the launching event and from there the cooperation with the IDWF became stronger. The Ethiopian group joined in 2016.

The IDWF helped the network during the phase of building the organizational structure of the network, by sharing samples of bylaws for similar domestic workers organizations, which helped the network leaders in drafting the network’s bylaws in 2016. Also, the IDWF helped the network identify the main priorities, which are the wage protection, the overstay fines and the reimbursement of the recruitment fees, which later were included in the network strategic plan. Also, the IDWF provided negotiation skills training to the network members under the My Fair Home Campaign.

In 2018, the network voting members elected the network executive committee members according to the bylaw. We, the EXC members were supposed to elect a president among us, but we, decided to postpone the president elections, when the general federation of unions and the ATUC announced the establishment of a domestic workers’ union in Jordan, in order to avoid any accusations of organizing against the law. After this union was turned into a committee and then it disappeared, the EXC members decided to do the president and board alternative elections and they planned to do so in April.2020, but we were stopped by the lockdown and the curfew. We’re exploring ways to do so virtually if the lockdown will continue to take place after July.

In July 2019, SC and the IDWF organized a training to help the EXCO members develop a strategic plan for two years. We’re working on the implementation of the plan. Recently we organized new nationalities in the network, which are Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana, so the network now has 312 members of 9 nationalities.