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Peru: Vote for Ernestina Ochoa - In Merit to a Life Dedicated to the Promotion of Women's Rights and access to Real Gender Equality

Peru: Vote for Ernestina Ochoa - In Merit to a Life Dedicated to the Promotion of Women's Rights and access to Real Gender Equality

by IDWFED — last modified May 19, 2016 05:25 PM

Ernestina Ochoa, IDWF Vice President, is currently as one of candidates of the XIII Award to the "Order of Merit to Women 2016" - In Merit to a Life Dedicated to the Promotion of Women's Rights and access to Real Gender Equality, hosted by The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP), Peru.

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Netherlands: Request to donate money to undocumented domestic workers activists

Netherlands: Request to donate money to undocumented domestic workers activists

by IDWFED — last modified May 17, 2016 02:02 PM

We are protesting against the deportation of two strong women who have been defending domestic workers' rights!

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USA: The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the Senate with bi-partisan support

USA: The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the Senate with bi-partisan support

by IDWFED — last modified May 13, 2016 02:53 PM

On May 11, the struggle of Illinois domestic workers took a major step forward with an overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate vote of 53 to 0 to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (HB 1288).

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Germany: "Working in private households - decent work is possible"

Germany: "Working in private households - decent work is possible"

by IDWFED — last modified May 13, 2016 06:24 PM

The German unions recently presented a position paper: "Working in private households - decent work is possible". They propose concrete policies how to ensure rights and protection for all categories of domestic workers and thus implementing C189 - which has not happened until now.

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India: In India's slums, domestic workers' daughters campaign for their rights

India: In India's slums, domestic workers' daughters campaign for their rights

by IDWFED — last modified May 11, 2016 05:01 PM

Led by the National Domestic Workers Movement, the campaign aims to help children of informal sector workers such as maids, nannies and drivers recognize threats and equip them to better protect themselves.

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Global: "Let us work together and make life for domestic workers change for the better."

Global: "Let us work together and make life for domestic workers change for the better."

by IDWFED — last modified May 16, 2016 06:50 PM

The Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families seeks to promote the human and labour rights of migrant domestic workers worldwide by addressing the challenges that make migrant domestic workers particularly vulnerable to the risks of exploitation and abuse.

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Europe: IDWF representatives at the EFFAT Women's Committee

Europe: IDWF representatives at the EFFAT Women's Committee

by IDWFED — last modified May 04, 2016 08:59 PM

IDWF Europe Coordinator Karin Pape; Executive Members Grace Papa and Wendy Paula Garlaza Quinonez were representing the IDWF to talk about the rights of domestic workers at the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) Women's Committee on May 2.

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Europe: Recognizing rights of domestic workers and carers in the EU

Europe: Recognizing rights of domestic workers and carers in the EU

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 29, 2016 04:32 PM

Domestic workers and carers, most of whom are migrant women, should be given an official status in the EU. Recognizing their work as "real" jobs would discourage exploitation, forced labour and human trafficking, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs recommend establishing easy-to-manage models for legal employer-worker relationships, citing examples in Belgium and France, to end precariousness and undeclared domestic work.

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Tanzania: East African domestic workers union demands more protection for its workers in the Gulf

Tanzania: East African domestic workers union demands more protection for its workers in the Gulf

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 29, 2016 03:26 PM

Leaders from East African domestic worker unions assembled in Tanzania this week to demand their governments do more to safeguard the rights of migrant domestic workers going to the GCC.

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Tanzania: Domestic Worker Unions Assemble - Ratify C189 to safeguard the rights of migrant domestic workers

Tanzania: Domestic Worker Unions Assemble - Ratify C189 to safeguard the rights of migrant domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 22, 2016 04:51 PM

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) has called on East African and Gulf Arab countries to ratify International Labour Convention 189 of 2011 to improve the conditions of domestic workers including migrants.

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India: acknowledgement letters from the Prime Minister Office (PMO) on addressing the issues of domestic workers

India: acknowledgement letters from the Prime Minister Office (PMO) on addressing the issues of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified May 09, 2016 04:15 PM

IDWF affiliate, National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM) received acknowledgement letters from the Prime Minister of India's Office (PMO), New Delhi, Ministry of Women & Child Development and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for submitting the memorandum addressing the issues of domestic workers in India and the need for a comprehensive legislation for their social protection and labour rights.

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USA: SB1015 passes the Senate Labor Committee

USA: SB1015 passes the Senate Labor Committee

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 11, 2016 05:14 PM

California SB 1015, the 2016 Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, just passed out of labor committee 4 to 1! Congratulations to domestic workers!

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Namibia: Some domestic workers yet to benefit from minimum wage

Namibia: Some domestic workers yet to benefit from minimum wage

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 11, 2016 04:36 PM

Exactly one year since the minimum wage for domestic workers was introduced, some of domestic employees are yet to reap the fruits of the legally prescribed minimum wage.

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Nepal: Plight of domestic work - Few rights, little freedom and meagre pay

Nepal: Plight of domestic work - Few rights, little freedom and meagre pay

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 20, 2016 04:56 PM

An estimated 200,000 people, mostly women, are employed as domestic workers in private households across the country, according to reports prepared by various organisations. And most of them share similar plight: few rights, little freedom and frequent abuse. Law for house workers has been amended, but Nepal is yet to ratify ILO C89 Convention.

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Belgium: The legalized Belgian domestic workers sector will organize social elections in their companies

Belgium: The legalized Belgian domestic workers sector will organize social elections in their companies

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 13, 2016 03:52 PM

This year, the sector of the ‘dienstencheques’, which is the legalized Belgian domestic workers sector, will organize social elections in their companies. The social elections are a process for the ‘dienstencheques’ workers to elect their job stewards for the next 4 years.

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CSW60: Investment in social protections for care work will make our societies more just, equal, and healthy, says Jill Shenker

CSW60: Investment in social protections for care work will make our societies more just, equal, and healthy, says Jill Shenker

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2019 06:44 PM

Remarks by Jill Shenker, North America Coordinator for the International Domestic Workers Federation, who spoke about the need to value care work.

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CSW60: Human trafficking must be called by its true name - modern slavery - a dishonor of our common humanity, says Shirley Pryce

CSW60: Human trafficking must be called by its true name - modern slavery - a dishonor of our common humanity, says Shirley Pryce

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2019 06:45 PM

Shirley Pryce (Jamaica Household Workers Union, Caribbean Domestic Workers Network, International Domestic Workers Federation) spoke at the UN Commission on the Status of Women 60 (2016) panel on Combatting the Trafficking of Women and Girls: What Role Can the Private Sector Play in Addressing and Preventing Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery?

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CSW60: Domestic work is the work that makes all other work possible, says Allison Julien

CSW60: Domestic work is the work that makes all other work possible, says Allison Julien

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2019 06:45 PM

On March 16, Allison Julien, a domestic worker, gave public comment at the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment during the Commission on the Status of Women. She was unable to complete her statement, despite being the only worker to provide comment. Here is her complete statement. You can watch the full discussion, including Allison’s statement around minute 50 here.

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South Africa: Domestic worker takes Phat Joe to CCMA

South Africa: Domestic worker takes Phat Joe to CCMA

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 15, 2016 04:11 PM

TAKING celebrity and radio personality, Phat Joe, to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for allegedly firing his domestic worker via SMS must send a clear message to employers that domestic workers’ rights cannot be abused.

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Trinidad and Tobago: Domestic workers want some real support

Trinidad and Tobago: Domestic workers want some real support

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 23, 2016 04:58 PM

Ida Le Blanc, General Secretary National Union of Domestic Employees (N.U.D.E.) was interviewed by itciloTV talking about the situation and struggle of domestic workers in Trinidad and Tobago.

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USA: Victory in Massachusetts! NDWA Affiliate, Matahari, protected au pairs rights and the domestic workers' law!

USA: Victory in Massachusetts! NDWA Affiliate, Matahari, protected au pairs rights and the domestic workers' law!

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 13, 2016 04:16 PM

On March 14, domestic worker leaders from Matahari attended a State House hearing on H.B. 4053, a bill that sought to exclude au pairs from the Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Law, passed in 2014. It aimed to take away critical labor rights and protections from this group of domestic workers, creating an underclass of childcare providers, and undercutting the childcare industry as a whole.

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Global: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection, says ILO

Global: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection, says ILO

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 21, 2016 05:08 PM

60 million of the world’s 67 million domestic workers still do not have access to any kind of social security coverage, says a new ILO study entitled “Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics ”.

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Global: We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day

Global: We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2016 05:32 PM

This year, in celebration of March 8th International Women’s Day, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our new leaders across the IDWF. The IDWF is proud to be led by them. With such organizing, our future is hopeful. On this International Women’s Day, we salute these leaders and the many contributions they are bringing to the movement.

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Pakistan: Senate passes Domestic Workers Bills

Pakistan: Senate passes Domestic Workers Bills

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 22, 2016 04:00 PM

The Senate on Monday passed a bill to protect and regulate the right of domestic workers [The Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill-2015], as reported by the Standing Committee, unanimously.

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Kenya: Profile of Ruth Khakame

Kenya: Profile of Ruth Khakame

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 06:23 PM

Ruth Khakame is a rising domestic worker leader in KUDHEIHA (Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers. She has been a domestic worker for 7 years. She joined the union in 2013 in the Nairobi branch, in 2014 she was elected chairperson of the National Council of Domestic Workers in KUDHEIHA, and she is a board member of KUDHEIHA representing the sector.

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Thailand: Profile of Kyan Par

Thailand: Profile of Kyan Par

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 06:11 PM

One will be amazed by how Burmese domestic workers are organized in Thailand. Kyan Par joined the Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand in Dec 2014, and was soon elected as the President of the Network of Migrant Domestic Workers (MDW) in Thailand.

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Italy: Profile of Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez

Italy: Profile of Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 05:39 PM

IDWF is happy to welcome Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez as a replacement for Giuliana Mesina on the Executive Committee. Giuliana has had to step down from her ExCo role due to other responsibilities and FILCAMS has nominated Wendy.

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Mexico: Profile of Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar

Mexico: Profile of Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 05:23 PM

Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar, born October 23, 1975 in Mexico City to parents from Oaxaca, a southern Mexican state. She began working as a domestic worker at the age of 13 for a 3 member family where she didn’t even have a place to sleep other than the floor of the living room. Ana Laura worked in various household with families that did not treat her well, she faced discrimination, violation of her rights, and child labor exploitation with overwork and very long days.

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USA: Profile of Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien

USA: Profile of Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2016 07:00 PM

Gilda Blanco is a housecleaner who came to the United States in 2008 from Livingston, Guatemala — the cradle of Garifuna culture in the region. Allison Julien migrated from Barbados and has been a nanny in New York City for 25 years.

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Mexico: Domestic Workers Organize to Fight for Their Rights

Mexico: Domestic Workers Organize to Fight for Their Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 11, 2016 06:12 PM

One of Mexico's largest informal labor sectors is that of home or domestic workers, which amounts to nearly 3.5 million people and 95% are women. This sector is considered to be almost invisible in terms of its rights being guaranteed and protected. However one civil organization has struggled for years to finally win a legal victory that has now granted this sector a formal labor union, an unprecedented reality for Mexico.

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