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IDWF Calendar 2022

by IDWFED published Sep 02, 2021 11:01 AM


About the IDWF Calendar 2022

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Convention 189, we are presenting the "IDWF Calendar of Domestic Workers Movements 2022 - Domestic Workers of the World Unite!" : the first-ever Calendar we have for domestic workers!

It features:

  • Winning art submissions from domestic worker unions around the world,
  • Dates to remember C189 ratifications, legal victories, international celebrations, and domestic worker superstars,
  • Monthly themes, for domestic work is intertwined with so many causes,
  • And finally: a manifesto for our movement!

Every single day, domestic workers fight multiple battles, being workers, women, people of color, migrants, and so much more.

During the pandemic, we are at the forefront of the crisis, performing the labor that makes all other labor possible, yet receiving very little recognition and almost no protection.

Today, we tell our story through the Calendar of Domestic Workers Movements:

This is a calendar produced by us, for us, featuring our artwork, victories, and stories.


Stories of domestic workers

  • Type: Wall Calendar
  • Size: 33cm x 33cm (13 inches x 13 inches)
  • Binding: Saddles Stitched
  • Language available: English

As part of our initiative, we will share the Domestic Workers' stories behind the illustrations in the calendar.

Follow us below for links. We will publish one story every week in English, Spanish and French. 

Purchase your copy


  • Online Purchase Form - Google Form >>>
  • NEW! Organizational packages available with a minimum of 10 copies (delivery to one address per/order) as follows: 
    • 10 copies: USD   500
    • 20 copies: USD   800
    • 30 copies: USD 1,050

Meet the Domestic Workers Behind the Art


Lucía Guevara, SINTTRAHOL Peru

"Working in a household taking care of an older person is far beyond a simple equation of a salary and job responsibility. It is a matter of mutual trust that goes through the heart."  

In the IDWF Calendar, Lucia's photo was taken during the 106th birthday celebration of the woman she cared for until she passed away in July 2021. She received this photo as a gift, as a token of appreciation for her work and dedication.  

The Union of Domestic Workers of the Lima Region (SINTTRAHOL) objectives are to defend and promote domestic workers' rights and eradicate discrimination, exploitation, and violence towards the sector.

Read Lucía story here:      ENGLISH   ///    ESPAÑOL  ///       FRANÇAIS

Nour*, DWSN Jordan

“There is safety in numbers. If we unite, we can do the impossible!”

Nour arrived in the Middle East from Ethiopia 20 years ago. After her arrival, she had to work as a domestic worker to be able to survive. Nour encouraged fellow members to draw the image in the IDWF Calendar to better shed light on domestic workers rights, the colours represent various nationalities, and the candle the many sacrifices they have.

The Domestic Workers Solidarity Network (DWSN)  in Jordan aims to serve and support domestic workers through awareness-raising activities, legal assistance and defense of human rights.

Read Nour's journey here:     ENGLISH      ///    ESPAÑOL    ///      FRANÇAIS


Kanyarat Panya, NDWT Thailand

“Join unions and organizations to share your issues and get advice. A friend can always help you out and hear you out.”

The photo in the IDWF Calendar was taken in 2018 in Thailand during a celebration of International Women’s Day. Kanyarat Panya, an Executive Committee member from the Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand (NDWT), made the banner to encourage people to stop violence in the workplace while reminding everyone that domestic work is work.  

The Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand (NDWT) organizes domestic workers in Thailand and advocates for increased legal and social protection of the sector.  

Read Kanyarat story here: ENGLISH /// ESPAÑOL. //// FRANÇAISE 

Binda Shova Rai,  FADWU Hong Kong

In commemoration of Decent Work Day (Oct. 7), IDWF  invites affiliates and friends to join our Movie Premiere, "We have hearts like birds: Domestic Workers Journey to Decent Work."  The film is one of the interviews of Domestic Workers behind the art of the IDWF Calendar.  In the movie, Binda Shova Rai, mother of Maya of the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU), will share the story behind her painting. Her daughter, Maya Devi Rai and Phobsuk Gasing (Dang) join her to share their stories as migrant domestic workers and unionists who carved better lives for themselves and their families.

In Nepali, “Sanghasha Garnu Parchha” means “You need to struggle.” 

October 08, 2021 at  8:00 AM Nicaragua // 4:00 PM South Africa // 8:00 PM Bangladesh
Interpretation:  Bahasa Indonesia, Bangla, English, Español, Française, Khmer, Nepalese, Portuguese, Thai 

                                                                                                              Facebook Live  /// Zoom

Kety Pascuala Carrillo, IPROFOTH Peru

“With the broom we have to sweep away all discrimination, we have to sweep away the minds of employers who cannot understand that we are whole women.”

Kety has been a domestic worker since she was 15 years old. At 58, she reflects on her journey to the capital of Peru in search of better opportunities. She joined IPROFOTH 30 years ago and never left the organization. The harsh experiences as a domestic worker spurred her spirit to fight for labour rights. Her drawing in the IDWF Calendar expresses those feelings and the urgent need to stop discrimination.  

The Institute for the Promotion and Training of Domestic Workers (IPROFOTH) aims to defend domestic workers rights through increased advocacy, visibility and representation in Lima, Peru.

Read Kety story here:     ENGLISH /// ESPAÑOL. //// FRANÇAISE 


Salimata Kiemtore, SYNEMAG-B Burkina Faso

“I love what I do. When you love what you do, you must fight for it. So, I fight for domestic work.”

In Burkina Faso, maternity leave is an entitlement for private and public sectors, in any sector that is recognized as “work,” which is not the case for domestic work. Amongst the domestic workers organized in SYNEMAG-B, only about 3-5% can access some form of maternity leave.  The photo featured for our February month was taken on Labor Day, 2019 during a march organized by many workers, including domestic workers.

The Syndicat National des Employés de Maison et de Gardiennage du Burkina Faso (SYNEMAG-B), organizes personal development activities to improve the skills of the workers, which in turn gives them more confidence standing their grounds on their rights. With COVID-19, SYNEMAG-B is focused on creating income generating activities for its members.

Read Salimata story here:   ENGLISH  ///  ESPAÑOL  ///    FRANÇAISE

Djeinabou Diallo and Asmaou Bah, SYNEM Guinée

“Employers often lay-off pregnant domestic workers thinking that once the child arrives, these women will no longer be able to take care of the household and will spend their time with their child instead. We lack practice. We must employ pregnant, breastfeeding women, and mothers.”

In Guinea, the labor law does not discriminate against mothers in employment, but does discriminate against domestic workers. The  Syndicat National des Employés de Maison de Guinée (SYNEM-GUINÉE)  encourages workers to better their life conditions and outreach to workers through the mainstream media, social media, and even door-to-door action.

Read Asmaou and  Djeinabou story here:   ENGLISH   ///    ESPAÑOL   ///    FRANÇAISE 

Yasmine Sanpo, Centrale Générale FTGB (ACCG)

In Belgium, domestic workers situation is quite unique and incomparable to other countries as the country has a service voucher system implemented to declare labor happening in the service sector, including domestic work. This does not mean that workers in Europe live struggle-free lives. Having a job is no guarantee against poverty, as more often than not, the minimum wage is insufficient to make a decent income for the person and the household. 

FGTB has been affiliated with International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) for a year now and is hoping to make multiple sectoral links to raise awareness of its own members of the situation their colleagues are facing in the Global South.

Read Yasmine story here:   ENGLISH  ///    ESPAÑOL   /// FRANÇAISE 

Emebet, Mulu Tesfa Domestic Workers Association (MTDWA)

Emebet is a 28-year-old domestic worker in Ethiopia and a founding member of the Mulu Tesfa Domestic Workers Association (MTDWA). While she was working as a part-time domestic worker, she joined a group of 10 domestic workers that had come together and began organizing. Today, she is currently the vice president of MTDWA and is focused on promoting and raising awareness on the rights of domestic workers and the ILO convention on decent work for domestic workers.

“Domestic workers are at a disadvantage and the international community should know that.”

Read Emebet story here:  ENGLISH   ///   ESPAÑOL   /// FRANÇAISE   

Nellie Dina Kahua, Namibia Domestic and Allied Workers Union (NDAWU)

Nellie Dina Kahua, the General Secretary of the Namibia Domestic and Allied Workers Union (NDAWU), was very excited to learn of the art competition organized by the IDWF. She thought it as an opportunity to make her union visible in the country and world-wide. “Imagine the calendar in different households around the world! We wanted to show the history we are coming from.” Nellie wanted the voice of domestic workers and their artwork to decorate households of the world.

Read Nellie story here:    ENGLISH   ///   ESPAÑOL  ///   FRANÇAISE 

This IDWF Calendar is sold for fundraising purposes. At the same time, we hope that the calendar is not only a fundraising tool, but also a tool that helps us understand the ways in which our advocacy work intersects with yours.

You can get involved and support the sustainability of our 590,000 strong movement.

We hope you see yourself reflected in these pages so we can envision a world where we are cared for.