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by IDWFED published Oct 14, 2014 04:45 PM
Caribbean: The CDWN collecting signatures to ask the governments to ratify C189

Caribbean: The CDWN collecting signatures to ask the governments to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:16 PM

In about a week's time, we will be celebrating the International Women's Day. The Caribbean Domestic Workers' Network is collecting signatures to ask the governments to ratify C189 to protect rights of all domestic workers. All signatures will be submitted to Ministers of Labor on March 8, 2013.

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Nepal: Government approves domestic workers training manual

Nepal: Government approves domestic workers training manual

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 06, 2015 06:01 PM

“The training manual was introduced to develop the skills of housemaids. Hereafter, not a single housemaid will join a foreign job without receiving training,” he said. The government has taken this initiative to reduce the chances of housemaids being exploited by developing their skills. A UN Women study reveals that housemaids are more vulnerable due to lack of skills to operate modern home appliances.

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Hong Kong: Domestic workers living with their employers exposes them to the risk of assault and harassment

Hong Kong: Domestic workers living with their employers exposes them to the risk of assault and harassment

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 06, 2015 06:11 PM

The Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers' Union says the rule exposes maids to the risk of indecent assault or sexual harassment by their employers. They voiced their concerns on Mar 3 with a rally outside the HSBC headquarters in Central, at which domestic helpers recounted recent ordeals they have had while living with their employers in the city.

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Global: 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award - International Domestic Workers' Network

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 11:04 PM

In recognition of the groundbreaking efforts of domestic workers worldwide to organize for greater awareness of and respect for their work, their historic success in the adoption of the ILO convention and their commitment to support, expand and build the global labor movement, the AFL-CIO is pleased to award the 2013 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the International Domestic Workers' Network.

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USA: Domestic Workers call for bill of rights

USA: Domestic Workers call for bill of rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 06, 2015 06:30 PM

The Southwest Workers Union's Domestic Workers in Action group wants the city to adopt a “San Antonio Domestic Worker Bill of Rights,” which would provide nannies, maids and home care providers the ability to negotiate salaries and workloads. It also would give workers the right to take meals and breaks, to be eligible for workers' compensation and to receive sick time.

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South Africa: Cheap health care for domestic workers

South Africa: Cheap health care for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2015 02:24 PM

Domestic workers will now be able to access nationwide private health care – at a cost of R170 to the employer. DomestiCare – a new health-care scheme – was launched this month by the CareCross Health Group. Now employers will be able to provide their helpers with occupational and private primary health care, which includes GP consultations, medicines, X-rays and blood tests. However, it will not include chronic medicine or hospitalisation.

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Lebanon: New round of regulating domestic worker agencies begins

Lebanon: New round of regulating domestic worker agencies begins

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2015 02:15 PM

A draft decree to regulate private recruitment agencies and bring them in line with international standards was discussed by key stakeholders at the Labor Ministry on Feb 25, with representatives from recruitment agencies complaining that they were not consulted.

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UK: Protecting the Labour Rights and Human Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers – A Labour Regulation Approach

UK: Protecting the Labour Rights and Human Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers – A Labour Regulation Approach

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2015 02:09 PM

Women who cross national borders in order to work in the households of other peoples’ families are very vulnerable to exploitation.Their precarious work situation is a function both of their precarious migrant status – typically they are admitted to the country in which they work on visas that tie their ‘rights’ to work and to reside in that country to an on-going employment relationship with a specific employer – and their employment within private homes.

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Global: IDWN joins other NGOs, call on all governments to ratify C189 to protect child domestic workers

Global: IDWN joins other NGOs, call on all governments to ratify C189 to protect child domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:09 PM

Ten leading international organizations called on ministers of labor around the globe in a letter released on Feb 25, 2013 to protect child domestic workers and to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention (Convention 189 concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers). The convention, adopted in June 2011, will help eliminate child domestic labor and improve the lives of an estimated 15 million child domestic workers.

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Lebanon: Informational film for domestic workers "Domestic work in Lebanon"

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2015 02:54 PM

Developed by KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation, a non-profit organization working on ending violence against women, "Domestic Work in Lebanon" is a video providing information and advice to the domestic workers who are going to Lebanon.

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Malaysia: IDWN signed a joint statement issued by MTUC on Minimum Wage Policy and Migrant Workers Levy

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:06 PM

The IDWN has signed a joint statement issued by MTUC on Minimum Wage Policy and Migrant Workers Levy and now invites all of you to sign on and support the migrant workers in Malaysia.

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USA: For Day Laborers. For Domestic Workers. Reform For all 11 Million.

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2015 02:59 PM

A contingent of domestic workers, la labourers and other workers from all over the country in USA marched in Washington DC to demand for an immigration reform, so that they can regularize their situation, improve economic conditions and obtain recognition for their economic contributions.

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Malaysia: 67 organizations demand the Malaysian Government to scrap migrant workers levy

Malaysia: 67 organizations demand the Malaysian Government to scrap migrant workers levy

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 17, 2015 04:14 PM

"We call on the Malaysian government to immediately rescind the decision made by the Malaysian cabinet on Wednesday (30 Jan 2013) to allow employers of migrant workers to recover the levy they pay the government by deduction of wages of migrant workers.

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GCC: Migrant Rights urges revised draft law on GCC domestic workers

GCC: Migrant Rights urges revised draft law on GCC domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 17, 2015 04:03 PM

A new law in the Arab Gulf states that deals with domestic workers fails to meet international standards, Migrant Rights said on Feb 6, 2013.

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Brazil: Rising Middle Class Affects Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 17, 2015 04:20 PM

A video report about how a rising middle class is affecting domestic workers in Brazil.

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USA: NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented

USA: NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 17, 2015 04:43 PM

The NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented. Overall, domestic workers who are US citizens have a median $12 hourly wage, but undocumented immigrants are paid $10, a 17 percent difference.

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Italy: Most domestic workers are foreigners

Italy: Most domestic workers are foreigners

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 18, 2015 09:56 PM

At least 80% of domestic workers in Italy are foreigners, a new research by Fondazione Leone Moressa has revealed. There was – 5.2% decrease in their number between 2010 and 2011. In the same period, the number of Italian domestic workers increased by 3.0%.

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GCC: Unified contract for domestic workers

GCC: Unified contract for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:10 PM

The country has backed proposals for a unified GCC employment contract for domestic workers that would also give them the right to keep their passports and ensure they are paid monthly. The country has backed proposals for a unified GCC employment contract for domestic workers that would also give them the right to keep their passports and ensure they are paid monthly. Cleaners, nannies, cooks, butlers, drivers and gardeners would be included in the new regulations, which will be discussed by GCC Labour Ministers during a meeting in Bahrain later this year.

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Ghana: Domestic workers have rights that need to be respected

Ghana: Domestic workers have rights that need to be respected

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 18, 2015 10:13 PM

Mr. Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress, has said that domestic workers have rights that need to be respected, just like every other worker.

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Asia: Governments must ensure domestic workers get their fair dues

Asia: Governments must ensure domestic workers get their fair dues

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 18, 2015 10:58 PM

Recently, the public debate in Hong Kong has focused on the question of residency for domestic workers who have worked in the city for many years. But a more fundamental question is often lost in the debate: do we treat domestic workers as equals, or as second-class workers?

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Hong Kong: "Beautiful Life" - A short film on the life of an Indonesia domestic worker

Hong Kong: "Beautiful Life" - A short film on the life of an Indonesia domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 02:16 PM

Yayang is an Indonesian girl who came to Hong Kong and work, dreaming to improve her quality of life in Indonesia someday. Yet, she is hired as domestic helper by a grassroots family that has unstable financial status. Despite the fact that Yayang is underpaid by her employer, close bond is developed between her and the family. This makes Yayang faces the dilemma of staying or quitting this job for a better salary.

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Lebanon: Visualizing Human Rights for Migrant Domestic Workers

Lebanon: Visualizing Human Rights for Migrant Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 09:17 PM

In recognition of International Migrants Day on 18 December, Migrant Workers’ Task Force, AltCity.me, and graphic designer Joumana Ibrahim worked with a group of young graphic designers to visualize migrant workers’ rights and hardships. The result is a series of images that illustrate the human rights abuses brought about by the sponsorship system.

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Asia: Leads world in domestic worker numbers, but legal protection, working conditions lag

Asia: Leads world in domestic worker numbers, but legal protection, working conditions lag

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 18, 2015 11:01 PM

But although Asia Pacific has more domestic workers than any other part of the world, the report found that the region lags other regions in guaranteeing domestic workers the basic work-related rights and protections that other workers have, in particular related to working time, minimum wages and maternity protection. Only domestic workers in the Middle East (many of whom are migrants from Asia) have weaker legal entitlements.

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Global: No to child labour in domestic work - World Day Against Child Labour, June 12

Global: No to child labour in domestic work - World Day Against Child Labour, June 12

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 18, 2015 11:07 PM

The ILO estimates that 15.5 million children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.

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Lebanon: In Memory of Alem Dechasa

Lebanon: In Memory of Alem Dechasa

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 19, 2015 02:35 PM

Documentary filmmaker Vanessa Bowles began her project "Alem & Asrat" at the exact time of Dechasa's death and wanted to tell her story. Concurrently, she wanted to delve into her own proximity to the lives of domestic workers. She introduces Asrat, the young woman who has been with the Bowles' family for the past five years. Bowles' journey took her to Ethiopia to meet the families of Dechasa and Asrat. She is met by a group of young activists called the Good Ethiopians. One of the activists says that if he had one message for Lebanese people, it would be that "Ethiopians are humans, too."

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Nepal: Knowledge Helping domestic workers stay safe

Nepal: Knowledge Helping domestic workers stay safe

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 19, 2015 02:45 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) believes that knowledge can play an important role in helping migrants stay safe, according to a study released on Friday. In 2012, the ILO organized a series of orientation workshops, as part of a UK-sponsored pilot project aimed at reducing the vulnerability of women and girls migrating as domestic workers.

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USA: Join NDWA to tell Governor Brown to clean up his act

USA: Join NDWA to tell Governor Brown to clean up his act

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:01 PM

On Sunday, September 30, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Governor Brown had the opportunity to help lead the nation towards progress and equality for our growing, vital workforce of women. Instead, he chose to set us all back. Join us in telling Governor Brown that you can veto a bill, but you can't veto a movement.

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India: Giving domestic workers their due

India: Giving domestic workers their due

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 19, 2015 02:52 PM

They cook, sweep, scrub and make homes cleaner places to dwell in, but their labour is seldom recognised as work. The benefits that many employees enjoy including safe working conditions, minimum wages, holidays and medical insurance are denied to them, felt domestic workers at a meeting on Sunday to push for recognition of their labour as dignified work.

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Jamaica: Domestic workers rally for decent working conditions

Jamaica: Domestic workers rally for decent working conditions

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 02, 2016 06:17 PM

"Domestic work remains a virtually invisible form of employment in many countries and many domestic workers endure very poor working conditions, including underpayment of wages, long working hours, inadequate privacy and the threat of sexual harassment," Shirley Pryce explained.

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IDWN: All the best for the year ahead and a blessed festive season

IDWN: All the best for the year ahead and a blessed festive season

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 19, 2015 02:58 PM

Let's join in solidarity forever - your pain is our pain, your struggle is our struggle. If one wins, we all win. We will work even harder next year, to get all countries to ratify C189.

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