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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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HUMAN RIGHTS AT WORK - About the ILO and International Labor Law (Swedish only)

HUMAN RIGHTS AT WORK - About the ILO and International Labor Law (Swedish only)

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 04, 2016 08:50 PM

"Domestic workers are one of the world's largest professional groups."

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I, Testimony - Collection of Testimonies from Returnee Migrant Workers from India & Nepal to Qatar

I, Testimony - Collection of Testimonies from Returnee Migrant Workers from India & Nepal to Qatar

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 11, 2016 05:10 PM

It brings together some of the testimonies that have been collected through the project. The brochure and the testimonies remind us that migration is a very personal experience for people, for workers and their families, and even for the local communities they are coming from.

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Inquiry: Global Flagship Report on Migrant Domestic Workers

Inquiry: Global Flagship Report on Migrant Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 15, 2018 09:30 PM

Lived experiences versus portrayed experiences: the uses of social networking among female Malagasy migrant domestic workers in Lebanon

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IDWF e-Newsletter #10 - January 2016

IDWF e-Newsletter #10 - January 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 30, 2016 10:34 PM

Let's continue to fight until we are recognized!

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Global: ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers" in 2016

Global: ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers" in 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 24, 2016 04:04 PM

Do you want to know how to make decent work a reality for domestic workers in your country? Apply now for ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers".

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Lebanon: Employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship

Lebanon: Employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 21, 2016 06:27 PM

The latest nationwide survey with employers of domestic workers in Lebanon (2015) revealed that many employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship, and this also influences their behavior with the worker.

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Global: New Year message from Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President & Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary

Global: New Year message from Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President & Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 17, 2016 05:14 PM

The last year was an extremely important year for IDWF. It was a year of rapid growth, both in terms of membership size and leadership formation. It was evident as domestic worker leaders came together at regional workshops and meetings to discuss strategies, share stories, and make plans. The IDWF became better known and we are working together with increasing numbers of trade unions and other allies.

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GCC: Life-saving mobile app for Indian workers - MigCall

GCC: Life-saving mobile app for Indian workers - MigCall

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 14, 2016 03:36 PM

The app is developed in association with the Migrant Forum in Asia, a Manila based regional network which toils for the rights of migrant workers.

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Nepal: Nepalese women trafficked to Syria and forced to work as domestic workers

Nepal: Nepalese women trafficked to Syria and forced to work as domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 09:50 PM

Unscrupulous agents lure women into conflict zones with promises of employment abroad only to leave them working long hours for little or no pay.

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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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New Global Estimates of Migrant Workers: The Report in Short

by IDWFED — last modified May 13, 2016 04:32 PM

Michelle Leighton, Chief of the Labour Migration branch at the ILO, explains the key findings of the new report on Global estimates of migrant workers. Reliable, high quality and up-to-date statistics are crucial to understanding labour migration and countering misconceptions about migrants as we work towards fulfilling the goals and targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Making decent work a reality for migrant domestic workers

Making decent work a reality for migrant domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 06:53 PM

This document "Domestic Work Policy Brief no. 9" is part of a series of briefs on issues and approaches to promoting decent work for domestic workers.

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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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Domestic work voice and representation through organizing

Domestic work voice and representation through organizing

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 04:57 PM

What are successful strategies to enhance domestic workers’ bargaining position through organizations? What can governments do to enable domestic workers’ voice and representation? What is the role of employers’ organizations? This document "Domestic Work Policy Brief no. 8" is part of a series of briefs on issues and approaches to promoting decent work for domestic workers.

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Right to Rest for domestic workers

Right to Rest for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 10, 2015 04:31 PM

A right to rest for domestic workers is a human right.

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IDWF e-Newsletter #9 - November 2015

IDWF e-Newsletter #9 - November 2015

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 28, 2016 10:23 PM

"A voice for the voiceless, a home for all domestic workers." - Myrtle Witbooi, President, IDWF

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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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Improving working conditions for domestic workers: organizing, coordinated action and bargaining

Improving working conditions for domestic workers: organizing, coordinated action and bargaining

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 04:54 PM

This "Issue Brief no. 2 - Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining" examines innovative approaches to workers’ and employers’ organizations and collective bargaining that protect domestic workers from the risk of being engaged in unacceptable forms of work and afford them effective and inclusive labour protection.

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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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Domestic work, wages, and gender equality: Lessons from developing countries

Domestic work, wages, and gender equality: Lessons from developing countries

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 06:35 PM

The ILO continues to examine what works to ensure enforcement of rights in the domestic work sector. This new paper looks at gaps in minimum wage coverage and compliance across a diverse group of developing countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Mali, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, and Viet Nam. Presenting empirical evidence on labour market inequality and along gender lines, the paper discusses questions of regulatory design and the need for innovative and adapted enforcement strategies for the domestic work sectors, drawing from real examples.

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Labour inspection and other compliance mechanisms in the domestic work sector

Labour inspection and other compliance mechanisms in the domestic work sector

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 06:21 PM

Making decent work a reality for domestic workers requires sustained efforts to ensure compliance with labour protections. This guide illustrates how countries have defined policies and practices to ensure compliance and decent working conditions in domestic work, with a specific focus on the role of labour inspectorates. It provides practical information on how to address non-compliance issues, better shape actions of relevant institutions (in particular labour inspectorates) and put the laws protecting domestic workers into practice.

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ILO Migrant Domestic Workers, Newsletter Issue #8 Nov. 2015

ILO Migrant Domestic Workers, Newsletter Issue #8 Nov. 2015

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 10, 2015 05:23 PM

News from the ILO's Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers (GAP-MDW).

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Making decent work a reality for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 08, 2016 03:37 PM

Improving conditions in the domestic work sector is often perceived as unattainable: how can employers afford to pay domestic workers the minimum wage, let alone social security benefits? How can conditions be monitored if labour inspectors are prohibited from entering the private household? Yet increasingly unions, governments and employers are taking measures to make labour and social protections a reality for domestic workers. The following resources share the lessons learned from their experiences.

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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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ILO Good practices database - Labour migration policies and programmes on domestic work

ILO Good practices database - Labour migration policies and programmes on domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 10, 2015 02:29 PM

ILO good practice database includes the MDW passports and other information on legislation

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