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IDWF Annual Report 2015 - Build, Organise, Organise!

IDWF Annual Report 2015 - Build, Organise, Organise!

by IDWFED — last modified May 31, 2017 10:55 PM

Build, Organise, Organise! International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) Annual Report 2015

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Building Bargaining Power:  How domestic workers in Lebanon Made a Courageous Step to Form a Union

Building Bargaining Power: How domestic workers in Lebanon Made a Courageous Step to Form a Union

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2016 04:38 PM

A booklet by the ILO Arab States and the Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers (GAP-MDW) documenting the founding of the first domestic workers’ union in the region. Available in English and Arabic.

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Global: On International Domestic Workers' Day, Turn Rights into Reality

Global: On International Domestic Workers' Day, Turn Rights into Reality

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 04:41 PM

On International Domestic Workers’ Day, we celebrate a growing movement to assert the rights of this vast but hidden workforce. An estimated 67.1 million people are employed in domestic work around the world, most of them women. They cook, clean, and care for children and the elderly. But working behind closed doors in private homes, many have few legal protections and regularly experience exploitation and abuse.

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Global: Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – 5 years after the convention

Global: Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – 5 years after the convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 03:51 PM

On June 16 2011, the ILO adopted Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers and its accompanying Recommendation 201. Since then, after a slow start progress has been made: 22 countries have ratified the convention, more than 30 have extended legislative protections to domestic workers.

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Domestic Workers Unite: A Guide for Building Collective Power to achieve Rights and Protections for Domestic Workers

Domestic Workers Unite: A Guide for Building Collective Power to achieve Rights and Protections for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 16, 2016 01:22 PM

A joint Guide by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) & ILO's Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families (ILO-GAP).

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Decent work for domestic workers: Achievements since the adoption of Convention C189

Decent work for domestic workers: Achievements since the adoption of Convention C189

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 16, 2016 01:37 PM

On 16 June 2011, workers, employers and governments came together to adopt ILO Convention No. 189 on decent work for domestic workers. In the last five years since its adoption, some 70 countries around the world have taken action to advance decent work for domestic workers.

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IDWF e-Newsletter #12 - June 2016

IDWF e-Newsletter #12 - June 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 16, 2016 01:23 PM

2016 June 16 - International Domestic Workers Day - Make "My Fair Home" Every Domestic Worker's Workplace!

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Global: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!

Global: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 11:32 PM

This year, the focus for World Day Against Child Labour – marked on 12 June - is on child labour and supply chains. With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present.

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Global: This June 16, we call upon the employers of domestic workers to support the rights of domestic workers, says Elizabeth Tang

Global: This June 16, we call upon the employers of domestic workers to support the rights of domestic workers, says Elizabeth Tang

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 05:21 PM

We know there are many people in our communities who respect our work and our dignity as human beings. Let’s all advance the "My Fair Home" campaign. Encourage your members to talk to their employers to make the pledge.

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Global: Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights, says Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights, says Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 05:22 PM

"What we won in 2011 was the road to our freedom. Let us keep on fighting and campaigning for our rights. 16th June is ours, so let us free ourselves."

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Global: International Domestic Workers Day 2016 June 16 - International Launch of the My Fair Home Campaign

Global: International Domestic Workers Day 2016 June 16 - International Launch of the My Fair Home Campaign

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 22, 2016 06:38 PM

This year on June 16, the IDWF will launch the My Fair Home campaign internationally jointly with the My Fair Home champions.

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Global: Free online lecture on "Organizing migrant domestic workers"

Global: Free online lecture on "Organizing migrant domestic workers"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 07, 2016 04:32 PM

UN Women Training Centre is hosting a series of free online lectures and one of them is "Organizing migrant domestic workers" on June 7 by Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary.

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Global: International cooperation is essential to promote migrant domestic workers' rights

Global: International cooperation is essential to promote migrant domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 07, 2016 09:22 PM

Sharing good practice and experience in both countries sending and receiving workers is key to improve migrant domestic workers’ rights, says Maria Elena Valenzuela, Project Coordinator, ILO Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and Their families. outlines the findings of the latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.

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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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Organizing for Change: Workers in the Informal Economy

Organizing for Change: Workers in the Informal Economy

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 30, 2016 11:28 PM

The majority of non-agricultural workers in most regions of the developing world work in the informal economy. When agriculture is added to that, the percentages are even higher. Importantly, in many countries, a higher percentage of women workers than men are engaged in the informal economy.

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IDWF e-Newsletter #11 - April 2016

IDWF e-Newsletter #11 - April 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 16, 2016 01:23 PM

Get Ready for June 16 - International Domestic Workers Day! Make "My Fair Home" Every Domestic Worker's Workplace!

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Migrant Domestic Workers: Promoting Occupational Safety and Health

Migrant Domestic Workers: Promoting Occupational Safety and Health

by IDWFED — last modified May 13, 2016 04:53 PM

Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers - Research series in support of June 2016 project report release. Based on a report elaborated by Elisa Menegatti.

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Regulating International Labour Recruitment in the Domestic Work Sector

Regulating International Labour Recruitment in the Domestic Work Sector

by IDWFED — last modified May 13, 2016 04:52 PM

Regulating International Labour Recruitment in the Domestic Work Sector: A Review of key issues, challenges and opportunities. Based on a report elaborated by Leanne Melnyk.

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Protecting Migrant Domestic Workers: The international legal framework

Protecting Migrant Domestic Workers: The international legal framework

by IDWFED — last modified May 12, 2016 06:18 PM

Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers - Research series in support of June 2016 project report release. Based on a report elaborated by Elisa Menegatti.

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Gender sensitivity in labour migration agreements and MOUs

Gender sensitivity in labour migration agreements and MOUs

by IDWFED — last modified May 12, 2016 05:42 PM

Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers - Research series in support of June 2016 project report release. Based on a report elaborated by Lin Lean Lim.

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Expanding Social Security to Migrant Domestic Workers

Expanding Social Security to Migrant Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified May 12, 2016 05:44 PM

Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers - Research series in support of June 2016 project report release. Based on a report elaborated by Olena Vazhynska.

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Domestic Worker Organizing Toolbox by NDWA

Domestic Worker Organizing Toolbox by NDWA

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 13, 2016 04:35 PM

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (USA) recently unveiled the Domestic Worker Organizing Toolbox. It is an incredible resource filled with a wide range of tools to support domestic worker organizations in achieving growth and impact.

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Trafficking in domestic work: Looking at the demand-side

Trafficking in domestic work: Looking at the demand-side

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 21, 2016 03:13 PM

This fifth DemandAT working paper aims to provide a framework for research that captures some of the specificities of work in a domestic setting. This will provide common ground for the series of country studies that are to follow.

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Minimum wages for domestic workers

Minimum wages for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 07, 2016 06:19 PM

Domestic workers are amongst the lowest paid and often amongst the most informal group of wage employees.

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ILO Minimum Wage Policy Guide

ILO Minimum Wage Policy Guide

by IDWFED — last modified May 23, 2016 05:23 PM

In recent years, many countries have established or strengthened minimum wages to eliminate unduly low pay and promote decent work. In this context, governments from all parts of the world, as well as employers' and workers' organizations, have asked the ILO for information on a wide range of practical issues. Based on existing ILO standards and the diversity of international practice, this website provides information on key questions of good practice and highlights different choices that can be made depending on national preferences and country circumstances.

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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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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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Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics

Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 21, 2016 04:25 PM

This working paper: (i) provides an overview of the global situation of social security provisions for domestic workers in 163 countries; (ii) analyses trends, policies and gaps in terms of legal and effective social security coverage for domestic workers; (iii) describes and analyses the configuration of social security schemes for domestic workers, such as their institutional organization, financing and administration; (iv) informs on challenges to extending coverage; and (v) provides a compilation and description of international practices of social security schemes for the domestic work sector, including comparative information.

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