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Colombia: A domestic worker's Peaceful Rebellion

Colombia: A domestic worker's Peaceful Rebellion

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 10:02 PM

Ms. Roa’s movement is one example of what’s needed. “It was profound inequality that precipitated the conflict,” said Viviana Osorio, a lawyer and labor leader in Medellín who has worked with Ms. Roa. “If that doesn’t change, we won’t have lasting and sustainable peace.”

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Bangladesh: DWRN discussed further with Labour Minister on Adopted Domestic Workers Policy

Bangladesh: DWRN discussed further with Labour Minister on Adopted Domestic Workers Policy

by Fish Ip — last modified Apr 03, 2017 11:13 PM

Following to the adoption of Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy in Bangladesh on 21 Dec 2015, several follow up discussions were organized to discuss on the follow up and policy details.

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Bangladesh: Cabinet Adopts Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy

Bangladesh: Cabinet Adopts Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 28, 2015 06:20 PM

The cabinet on Dec 21 afternoon approved the draft of "Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy-2015". Bangladesh has cleared its first-ever policy for domestic workers, setting 14 years as the minimum age for employment.

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Global: Message from Myrtle to all workers at the end of 2015

Global: Message from Myrtle to all workers at the end of 2015

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 21, 2015 05:22 PM

Let us take a moment to say thank you and salute all for the achievements over the last year.

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Global: Awarding Excellence in Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration

Global: Awarding Excellence in Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 09:10 PM

To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, the ILO, in collaboration with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are pleased to announce the results of the competition showcasing excellence in media reporting on labour migration. The winner for the category “Professional Journalist” went to Ángeles Mariscal and Moysés Zuñiga and their article about Guatemalan domestic workers.

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Kenya: Iscah's escape from Saudi Arabia - abused Kenyan domestic worker tells her story

Kenya: Iscah's escape from Saudi Arabia - abused Kenyan domestic worker tells her story

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 06:04 PM

Iscah Achieng is back home in Kenya and feels lucky to be alive. Recently released from her abusive employers in Saudi Arabia, she tells a harrowing story of beatings, starvation, death threats and sexual harassment. Despite her 14-month ordeal, she is already campaigning for other domestic workers from Africa and Asia who are enduring similar – or worse.

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UK: Independent reviewer calls for an urgent end to the tied visa system for migrant domestic workers

UK: Independent reviewer calls for an urgent end to the tied visa system for migrant domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 18, 2015 05:08 PM

Kalayaan is delighted that James Ewins’ independent review of the Overseas Domestic Worker visa, released today calls for an end to the current system which ties workers to their employers.

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Global: New ILO figures show 150 million migrants in the global workforce

Global: New ILO figures show 150 million migrants in the global workforce

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 18, 2015 09:45 PM

A new ILO statistical study provides estimates on labour migration, including regions and industries where international migrant workers are established and a special focus on migrants in domestic work.

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Taiwan: Our Thousand-mile Journey, tells Migrants to Tsai Ying-wen

Taiwan: Our Thousand-mile Journey, tells Migrants to Tsai Ying-wen

by Fish Ip — last modified Dec 15, 2015 01:25 PM

On 13 Dec 2015, Over thousand migrant workers and local Taiwanese rallied to DPP candidate, Tsai Ying-wen Campaign headquarter. They demanded for Justice in Caring.

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Taiwan: Justice for Caring! Migrant workers Rally 2015

Taiwan: Justice for Caring! Migrant workers Rally 2015

by Fish Ip — last modified Dec 28, 2015 07:09 PM

What is "justice in caring"? it’s to make sure that in the process of caring, no one is exploited, sacrificed or hurt -- neither caretakers nor patients. The Migrants Rally organized once in two years got over a thousand protesters demanding for their urgent demand.

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Asia & Europe: Domestic workers, debunking the myths - A Euronews Special Report

Asia & Europe: Domestic workers, debunking the myths - A Euronews Special Report

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 04:12 PM

In just 8 minutes, Euronews shows how domestic workers have won better working conditions in countries around the world. Through examples in Italy and Hong Kong, it debunks the myths that domestic workers and their employers are unable to organize and bargain collectively.

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Africa: Resolution on Domestic Worker sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia

Africa: Resolution on Domestic Worker sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 10, 2015 06:03 PM

The IUF Africa Regional Committee at its meeting on Thursday and Friday, 3rd and 4th December, 2015 in Lomé, Togo was shocked to learn that a Sri Lankan domestic worker was sentenced to death by a Court in Saudi Arabia.

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Sri Lanka: Appeal letter to the king of Saudi Arabia by The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Appeal letter to the king of Saudi Arabia by The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 10, 2015 09:10 PM

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka is deeply grieved and is reaching out to Your Highness on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka for clemency to the house maid sentenced to death by stoning for the serious crime of adultery while the other respondent, a Sri Lankan male migrant worker is to receive 100 lashes.

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Saudi Arabia: Save the Life of the Sri Lankan Domestic Worker

Saudi Arabia: Save the Life of the Sri Lankan Domestic Worker

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 28, 2015 03:25 PM

According to the news on Dec 23, the Sri Lankan domestic worker sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia for adultery has her execution overturned after her government appealed for clemency.

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Hong Kong: A working mum and her Philippine domestic worker

Hong Kong: A working mum and her Philippine domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 06:07 PM

Of the seven or so million residents in the former British colony of Hong Kong, nearly 5% - some 340,000 - are foreign domestic workers. Nearly half come from either the Philippines or Indonesia, and are indispensable assets for many working parents in the city. But, as the BBC's Grace Tsoi discovers, the experience of motherhood of one Filipina live-in maid differs enormously from that of the Chinese working mother who employs her.

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Thailand: Domestic worker from Myanmar rescues sister from decade of slavery

Thailand: Domestic worker from Myanmar rescues sister from decade of slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 18, 2015 02:01 PM

When Aye Than Dar and her little sister Hla Thidar Myint paid a broker in Myanmar's Mon state to smuggle them to Thailand for domestic work, it was the start of a decade-long ordeal that would see the pair separated and Hla held as a slave.

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Thailand: Ethiopian domestic worker of WHO Thailand senior staff filed legal actions against her employers

Thailand: Ethiopian domestic worker of WHO Thailand senior staff filed legal actions against her employers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 20, 2015 05:38 PM

Following the legal assistance jointly provided by Human Rights and Development Foundation and Foundation for Women, Ms. Emebet, an Ethiopian domestic worker in the household of Dr. Yonas Tegegn, a WHO Thailand senior staff, have filed legal actions against her employer and his wife.

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Switzerland: The ILO Convention 189 Decent Work for Domestic Workers came into force

Switzerland: The ILO Convention 189 Decent Work for Domestic Workers came into force

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 20, 2015 04:07 PM

On November 12 the ILO Convention Decent Work for Domestic Workers came into force in Switzerland. A broad alliance of unions, church organizations, women and migrant NGOs, solidarity organizations and individuals signed an appeal to implement C189.

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South Africa: Domestic Worker Minimum Wage Increases from 1 December 2015 until 30 November 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 17, 2015 05:50 PM

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, has the pleasure of announcing that: "wages for the vulnerable workers in the Domestic Worker Sector will be adjusted with effect from 1 December 2015".

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USA: It's time to take our values online - The Good Work Code

USA: It's time to take our values online - The Good Work Code

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 03, 2015 10:07 PM

The Good Work Code is a set of eight simple values that are the foundation of good work: Safety, Stability & Flexibility, Transparency, Shared Prosperity, A Livable Wage, Inclusion & Input, Support & Connection, and Growth & Development. These common sense principles can act as a northstar for companies searching for guidance in this emerging sector.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi talks about importance of C189 on RadioLabour

Global: Myrtle Witbooi talks about importance of C189 on RadioLabour

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 30, 2015 04:35 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, the President of the International Domestic Workers' Federation, has been granted the 2015 Fairness award for her work to have domestic workers covered by ILO Convention 189.

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UK: Has the Modern Slavery Act left the UK’s most exploited workers even more vulnerable?

UK: Has the Modern Slavery Act left the UK’s most exploited workers even more vulnerable?

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

An estimated 16,000 migrants, nearly all women, come to the UK on domestic worker visas each year. Excluded from most labour laws, they work in private households, often without clear terms of employment. As a result, they are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse such as overwork, unpaid wages, restrictions on freedom of movement, sexual harassment, psychological abuse and violence.

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Nicaragua: Story of Ileana Morales Valle, after 20 years working as domestic worker

Nicaragua: Story of Ileana Morales Valle, after 20 years working as domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:14 PM

For now Ileana continues as a coordinator of the Association of Domestic Workers in Nicaragua, and also as a labor attorney, "now that I got my degree," she says proudly. But she does not plan to stop there, and due to a lack of resources she had not been able to finish her studies, "but next year I will have a scholarship to finish studying, so I will be able to protect women even more."

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Mexico: Mexico City's domestic workers - a life being treated as a lesser person

Mexico: Mexico City's domestic workers - a life being treated as a lesser person

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 14, 2015 06:32 PM

The city’s social inequality is starkly evident in the situation of women who toil for low pay and suffer discrimination as they serve wealthier families. Finally, they have their own union to demand changes.

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Hong Kong: Sunday Girls - Stories of foreign domestic workers

Hong Kong: Sunday Girls - Stories of foreign domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 10, 2015 02:07 PM

What are the dreams of the foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong? Find out how they spend their day-off every week in order to make dreams come true from the following video interviews produced by the Sunday Girls Project.

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Global: IDWF President Myrtle Witbooi earns Global Fairness Award

Global: IDWF President Myrtle Witbooi earns Global Fairness Award

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 02:05 PM

The Global Fairness Initiative honored International Domestic Worker Federation President Myrtle Witbooi as one of three 2015 Global Fairness Award recipients. This extraordinary recognition of Myrtle's lifetime achievement celebrated her years of organizing domestic workers in South Africa, and now around the world. Myrtle's acceptance of this award on behalf of the "millions of domestic workers who continue to struggle" placed the the IDWF in the international spotlinght -- as a transformational movement for women workers, immigrants and labor activists.

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Global: "This award is in honor of all domestic workers who are still voiceless," says Fairness Award Winner Myrtle Witbooi

Global: "This award is in honor of all domestic workers who are still voiceless," says Fairness Award Winner Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 03, 2015 03:14 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and the first president of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), was honored with the 2015 Fairness Award on November 2, 2015 at the 6th Annual Fairness Award, Washington, D.C., USA.

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USA: Breakfast Discussion with Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President

USA: Breakfast Discussion with Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 24, 2015 03:13 PM

Join the Breakfast Discussion with Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, on Tuesday, November 3 - From 8:30 to 10:00am: "We had been slaves, now we have a union."

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Bangladesh: DWRN urging the government to ensure the rights of two million domestic workers

Bangladesh: DWRN urging the government to ensure the rights of two million domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 24, 2015 04:46 PM

Domestic Workers’ Rights Network (DWRN) has organised the event at the office of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) in the city’s Dhanmondi area to review the draft of Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy, 2015 prior to its approval. They were urging the government to ensure the rights of two million domestic workers of the country.

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Japan: Elizabeth Tang, IDWF GS, urging the Japanese government to ratify C189

Japan: Elizabeth Tang, IDWF GS, urging the Japanese government to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 24, 2015 05:04 PM

Elizabeth is urging the Japanese government to ratify C189, if they are to introduce migrant domestic workers.

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