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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 08:55 PM
Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 03, 2015 02:38 PM

The Global Fairness Initiative just announced that Myrtle Witbooi, a leading labor rights activist on behalf of Domestic Workers, will be honored with the 2015 Fairness Award. Ms. Witbooi is the General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and the first president of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). A former domestic worker during apartheid South Africa, her leadership helped secure passage of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C. 189), marking unprecedented involvement of informal women workers in the ILO standard-setting process.

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Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 10, 2015 02:14 PM

Course on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Oct. 26-30, 2015 at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO) in Turin, Italy. Offered in English and Arabic. Scholarships available for those who qualify.

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Bangladesh: Human chain against torture on domestic workers

Bangladesh: Human chain against torture on domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 22, 2015 02:36 PM

On Aug 6, Domestic Workers Rights Network- DWRN Bangladesh organized a Human chain against torture on domestic workers.

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Bangladesh: Domestic workers need the law on their side

by ASM Ali Ashraf — last modified Jun 20, 2016 09:03 PM

More than 2 million poor women and children are employed as domestic workers in Bangladesh. It is a harsh reality that they operate in a legal and policy vacuum, a result of the national labour laws of 2006 and 2013, both of which exclude domestic workers from legal coverage.

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Macau: "Blue card" for non‑resident domestic workers automatically renewed

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 05:01 PM

The work permit, known as a blue card, for non-resident domestic workers will be automatically renewed from August on, the Human Resources Office of the Government announced on Saturday.

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Threatened, assaulted, trapped: Asia's treatment of domestic workers laid bare

Threatened, assaulted, trapped: Asia's treatment of domestic workers laid bare

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 27, 2015 09:30 PM

"In some places, they earn as little as $9 a month. In others, they don't earn any salaries at all, so they are really like slaves," said Elizabeth Tang, General Secretary of the International Domestic Workers Federation.

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Global: EC-ILO cooperation brings better life for migrant domestic workers

Global: EC-ILO cooperation brings better life for migrant domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:22 PM

The EU-funded Global Action Project on Migrant Domestic Workers expands knowledge on the challenges that domestic workers face, advocates for their rights, encourages policy and legislative reform, and supports organization and advocacy through pilot interventions in five migration corridors.

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Advocates, lawmakers push for better system to handle complaints by Hong Kong's foreign domestic workers

Advocates, lawmakers push for better system to handle complaints by Hong Kong's foreign domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 21, 2015 06:25 PM

Domestic worker advocacy groups and lawmakers urged the government to establish a platform to process enquiries and complaints from workers and employers, as they criticised the current system for failing to encourage abused workers to make complaints and for providing insufficient support to complainants.

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Shooting for the Stars: Hong Kong domestic workers discover their hidden talent for photography

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 05, 2017 05:14 PM

"Every holiday [day off], I always bring my camera. Even on weekdays [when] I cannot go out, or sick days stay when I stay at home, I take indoor photos," says Sinna, an Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong. Her photos will be exhibited. See SCMP reports

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Statement in support of POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac by International Domestic Workers Federation

Statement in support of POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac by International Domestic Workers Federation

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 23, 2015 03:54 PM

IDWF affirms its strong support of Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac in upholding and protecting the rights of Filipino migrant workers through effective regulation and monitoring of recruitment agencies and deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers.

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Sri Lanka: Domestic workers lack legal protection DWU Joint Secy. Ananthi Sivasubramaniam

Sri Lanka: Domestic workers lack legal protection DWU Joint Secy. Ananthi Sivasubramaniam

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 14, 2015 02:07 PM

Joint Secretary of the Domestic Workers Union (DWU) Ananthi Sivasubramaniam spoke to Ceylon Today about the plight faced by the domestic workers, the lack of legal protection for domestics, the government's ignorance of the ground realities faced by them and most importantly the need for a legal framework encompassing a system of contracts involving the employer, the employee and the Labour Department whilst expanding the mandate of the Labour Department along with specifying a minimum wage.

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Global: For many domestic workers, co-ops hold the key to decent work

Global: For many domestic workers, co-ops hold the key to decent work

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:19 PM

As domestic workers launch their efforts to establish their cooperatives, it will no doubt be crucial for the workers’ and cooperative movements as well as governments to provide them with the support they need.

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Sri Lanka: DWU Protests Agaist Rape by Supreme Court Judge

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 14, 2015 09:47 PM

Domestic Workers' Union, Sri Lanka, protested against the rape by Supreme Court Judge Sarath De Abrew. On 2 July 2015, In Solidarity with other unions and organizations, they handed in petition letter to the Chairman of Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.

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Kuwait: New Law a Breakthrough for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 20, 2017 04:51 PM

Guarantees Crucial Rights, but Gaps Remain

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Singapore: A Part Of The Family?

Singapore: A Part Of The Family?

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 07, 2015 06:36 PM

HOME argues that ill treatment of domestic workers goes beyond physical, sexual and psychological abuse.

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Lebanon: Domestic Workers Need the Protection of a Union

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 07, 2015 06:36 PM

Women migrant domestic workers – who make up the majority of domestic workers – face additional discrimination in the legal system. The Kafala (guardianship) system, enforced in Lebanon and the Gulf monarchies, ties the domestic foreign worker to a specific employer; the worker becomes illegal should she quit her employer, placing the worker in a particularly vulnerable situation.

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India: On Domestic Workers Day, millions of Indian women continue to work in the shadows

India: On Domestic Workers Day, millions of Indian women continue to work in the shadows

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 07, 2015 06:36 PM

“Dogs and Indians not allowed,” proclaimed a notorious 1930s signboard at the Pahartali European Club in the Chittagong region of India (now in Bangladesh), when the country was under British rule. Today, in the 21st century, in recreational and residential spaces throughout Indian cities, there’s an invisible sign which says: “No domestic workers allowed”.

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Thailand: Domestic Workers' Access to Justice and Compensation Exchange

Thailand: Domestic Workers' Access to Justice and Compensation Exchange

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 31, 2015 04:57 PM

On Sunday 14 June 2015, The Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand, HomeNet and the ILO hosted the Domestic Workers’ Access to Justice and Compensation Exchange event in celebration of Domestic Workers Day (16 June).

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In Pakistan, domestic workers rally for rights

In Pakistan, domestic workers rally for rights

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 13, 2015 05:22 PM

In urban slums and shanty settlements, particularly in Pakistan, women face a range of difficulties, such as insecure housing, informal jobs, plus the double burden of household chores and access to resources. The interrelationship between culture, gender and urbanization is a complex one, where women are the poorest of the poor, because of the non-conducive urban environment.

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Asia's migrant domestic workers learn their rights

by IDWFED — last modified May 27, 2015 02:24 PM

"I have worked as a domestic worker for 20 years, but I never cared about rights because I never met anyone who told me that I have rights ... I just wanted money, and thought I had to work to earn money. But ... then I learned my rights."

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Indonesia bans domestic workers to 21 Middle East Countries

by Fish Ip — last modified May 06, 2015 01:14 PM

Indonesia announced on Monday, 4 May, that the country is banning domestic workers to go to Middle East to work. But we say this is not a solution to protect workers.

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IDWF: Winner of the 'Organising International Solidarity' Silver Rose Award

IDWF: Winner of the 'Organising International Solidarity' Silver Rose Award

by IDWFED — last modified May 05, 2015 02:40 PM

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) has been nominated for the Silver Rose Award in the category "Organising International Solidarity" by SOLIDAR Member International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations (IFWEA) for their achievements to build a strong, democratic and united domestic/household workers global organization to protect and advance domestic workers’ rights everywhere.

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Bangladesh: the government has initiative to bring domestic workers under labour code, Minister Menon said

by Fish Ip — last modified May 03, 2016 06:10 PM

Minister Rashed Khan Menon joined domestic workers on May Day. He said that the government has taken the initiative to bring the country's 14 million domestic workers under labor law.

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Bangladesh: 398 domestic workers killed in 14 years

by Fish Ip — last modified Apr 28, 2015 05:58 PM

At least 398 domestic workers were killed in the last fourteen years while at least 299 workers were wounded and 100 female workers were sexually harassed in the country.

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