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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 08:55 PM
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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by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2015 09:29 PM

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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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My Nepal is not safe, says a Nepali domestic worker

My Nepal is not safe, says a Nepali domestic worker

by Fish Ip — last modified May 13, 2015 04:46 PM

Massive earthquake struck Nepal again on Tuesday 12 May with a magnitude 7.3. The first big earthquake was on 25 Apr and the continuous aftershock has caused loss of lives and injuries. The country is in need of immediate support. "It's terrible", Sonu Danuwar, leader of domestic workers, in Nepal says.

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The First Domestic Workers Union in Philippines Established!

The First Domestic Workers Union in Philippines Established!

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 05, 2017 04:55 PM

On April 26, 2015, history has been made when the first domestic workers' union held its founding assembly to formalize the organizing of the United Domestic Workers' of the Philippines or simply UNITED.

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Red Card for FIFA – Stand Up for Workers' Rights in Qatar

Red Card for FIFA – Stand Up for Workers' Rights in Qatar

by IDWFED — last modified May 16, 2016 05:06 PM

While workers in Qatar risk their lives building stadiums for poverty wages FIFA’s corporate sponsors pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the World Cup. FIFA has publicly stated that without corporate sponsors the World Cup would not be possible. Now is the time to step up our efforts and also target the corporate sponsors of FIFA. They pump millions of dollars into FIFA and without them the World Cup would not be possible. If we can get them to speak up, FIFA and the Qatari Government will have to act.

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USA: Damayan Receives Prestigous Wellstone Award for Organizing to End Trafficking

USA: Damayan Receives Prestigous Wellstone Award for Organizing to End Trafficking

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 22, 2015 05:33 PM

Trafficking of Filipino Domestic Workers Highlighted by Freedom Network USA

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Sissi.fm: Voices, Fights and Feelings, live from Hong Kong

Sissi.fm: Voices, Fights and Feelings, live from Hong Kong

by Fish Ip — last modified Apr 22, 2015 04:32 PM

Hear voices of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, documented by SissiFm, an independent online radio from Germany.

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Nepal: Belabouring the obvious

Nepal: Belabouring the obvious

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 14, 2015 06:24 PM

We doubt the zero-cost agreement between Qatar and Nepal this week will come into force because there is too much money to be made on the blood, sweat and tears of Nepali workers by the politically-connected manpower mafia.

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Case Profile: Mary Jane Veloso

Case Profile: Mary Jane Veloso

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 10, 2015 11:04 PM

Mary Jane comes from a poor family in Nueva Ecija. They resorted to picking plastics and other recyclable materials because the pay from Mary Jane’s father as a seasonal worker in Hacienda Luisita was never enough. She is the youngest among 5 children. She only made it to first year high school, married early, and had two children.

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Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso! Protect All OFWs! Open Letter to HE Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 10, 2015 10:30 PM

Do you know Mary Jane Veloso? You should for she is the Flor Contemplacion of your time. For us, fellow overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Mary Jane epitomizes the vulnerability of Filipino workers abroad to forces that capitalize on our desperation due to the lack of decent livelihood, opportunities and hope in our home country.

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Open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo: Save the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso

Open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo: Save the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 10, 2015 10:32 PM

With hopes still raised high, we humbly and sincerely appeal to Your Excellency that the Indonesian Government spare the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso who was convicted in your country for drug trafficking and sentenced to be executed after her judicial appeal was rejected by the Indonesian Supreme Court last March 26.

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Mary Jane Lives! Migrant Worker Action Helps Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso!

Mary Jane Lives! Migrant Worker Action Helps Save the Life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso!

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 02, 2017 05:27 PM

Hours before she was scheduled to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia late on April 28, Mary Jane Veloso's life was saved last minute after a woman who allegedly trafficked her to Indonesia turned herself in to the police in the Philippines. Though Mary Jane is temporarily saved from the death penalty, she still must prove her innocence and there is much more work to be done to save her life and other migrant workers on death row.

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In Cambodia, Domestic Workers Get Organized

In Cambodia, Domestic Workers Get Organized

by Fish Ip — last modified Dec 29, 2015 01:09 PM

Their ranks are small but growing, and they want their government to join an international labor treaty. "If we organize, we can help each other," says a 25-year-old housekeeper who started working when she was 10 and earns $75 a month. - Womensenews writes about Cambodia Domestic Workers Network.

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Hong Kong: a domestic worker's room in a new housing project with just 16 sq feet

Hong Kong: a domestic worker's room in a new housing project with just 16 sq feet

by Fish Ip — last modified Apr 05, 2015 03:08 AM

In a new developed luxury apartment in Hong Kong, the domestic worker's room was not enough for a single bed.

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Canada: B.C. Human Rights Tribunal says ex-domestic worker is "virtual slave"

by Fish Ip — last modified Apr 05, 2015 08:40 AM

A Filipino domestic worker escaped from sexual assault and humiliation by her Hong Kong employer in Canada. The worker filed a case at the British Colombia Human Rights Tribunal with the help of West Coast Domestic Workers Association. The tribunal found the employer guilty and awarded the worker CAD50,000.

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