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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:06 PM
Global: It's time to end modern slavery

Global: It's time to end modern slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:42 PM

Call on your government to ratify the protocol to end forced labour.

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Global: October 7 – World Day for Decent Work

Global: October 7 – World Day for Decent Work

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

Stand up for the right to fair migration and Decent Work for all!

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Global: ILO launches global media competition on labour migration

Global: ILO launches global media competition on labour migration

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched its first-ever global media competition on labour migration issues. Competition to encourage fair reporting on labour migration by recognizing the best media coverage and accurate reporting on the topic.

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USA: Why 100 women walked 100 miles

USA: Why 100 women walked 100 miles

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 08:45 PM

Ai-jen Poo: 100 immigrant women walked from Pennsylvania to D.C. during Pope's visit to urge leaders to turn Pope's message to action. She says the women want a pathway to legal status in the country where they now labor; to be free to be proud members of society.

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USA:  100 Women Will Keep Walking Until the Pope's Call Is Answered

USA: 100 Women Will Keep Walking Until the Pope's Call Is Answered

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 16, 2015 03:11 PM

After the 100 mile pilgrimage, announcing a commitment to dignity for migrants.

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Global: Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

Global: Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 10, 2016 03:41 PM

A campaign to improve the working conditions of domestic workers throughout Asia by reaching out to their employers will be launched on Friday 25 September, in Bangkok.

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USA: For some domestic workers, a life of isolated servitude

USA: For some domestic workers, a life of isolated servitude

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 07, 2015 04:46 PM

An estimated 67,000 of them work in Massachusetts — equivalent to the employment in Boston’s finance industry. Most are treated fairly and paid lawfully by their employers. But because they toil behind closed doors, these workers are vulnerable to wage theft and other mistreatment, say legal advocates and law enforcement authorities. And for immigrants, who comprise about one-third of this work force, the challenges are greater. Many put in grueling hours and are paid less than minimum wage, while being denied basic rights like time off.

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Global: Five ways to get along with your domestic worker

Global: Five ways to get along with your domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

What many employers don't realise is that forging a closer relationship with their domestic workers can actually reap many benefits.

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USA: Vote today for NDWA and help start strong to win up to $100,000 from CREDO

USA: Vote today for NDWA and help start strong to win up to $100,000 from CREDO

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 01, 2015 06:15 PM

NDWA's been selected by CREDO, the country’s only progressive phone company, to win up to $100,000 to support their work!

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USA: Pitting Grandma Against Her Caregiver

USA: Pitting Grandma Against Her Caregiver

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 05:57 PM

A new infographic from the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Domestic Workers Alliance about the home care industry.

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USA: DC Court of Appeals rulled that home care workers are entitled to basic minimum wage

USA: DC Court of Appeals rulled that home care workers are entitled to basic minimum wage

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 24, 2015 04:09 PM

Big news for 2 million homecare workers nationwide: federal court rules in favor of overtime & minimum wage!

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USA: NDWA Applauds Appeals Court Decision Granting Two Million Home Care Workers Basic Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 05:37 PM

Securing Basic Protections for Home Care Workers Is Crucial to Strengthening Critical, Growing Workforce

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Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 03, 2015 02:38 PM

The Global Fairness Initiative just announced that Myrtle Witbooi, a leading labor rights activist on behalf of Domestic Workers, will be honored with the 2015 Fairness Award. Ms. Witbooi is the General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and the first president of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). A former domestic worker during apartheid South Africa, her leadership helped secure passage of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C. 189), marking unprecedented involvement of informal women workers in the ILO standard-setting process.

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Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 10, 2015 02:14 PM

Course on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Oct. 26-30, 2015 at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO) in Turin, Italy. Offered in English and Arabic. Scholarships available for those who qualify.

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Global: EC-ILO cooperation brings better life for migrant domestic workers

Global: EC-ILO cooperation brings better life for migrant domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:22 PM

The EU-funded Global Action Project on Migrant Domestic Workers expands knowledge on the challenges that domestic workers face, advocates for their rights, encourages policy and legislative reform, and supports organization and advocacy through pilot interventions in five migration corridors.

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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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USA: Scenes From Domestic Worker Organizing

USA: Scenes From Domestic Worker Organizing

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 20, 2017 06:34 PM

"I am a home care worker, and I save lives. So why am I paid poverty wages?"

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USA: Bill Clinton signing NDWA Fair Care Pledge

USA: Bill Clinton signing NDWA Fair Care Pledge

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 15, 2015 05:08 PM

The National Domestic Workers Alliance and Hand in Hand are launching a national Fair Care Pledge initiative with Care.com, which will ask the company's over 6 million employer users to become fair domestic employers by providing a living wage, paid time off and clear expectations. The pledge will go out to 1 million of their users on June 10. They will also provide families with tools and resources to meet those obligations. They unveiled it at the Clinton Global Initiative and the Former President Bill Clinton recognized the Fair Care Pledge.

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USA: The Oregon Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the House

USA: The Oregon Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the House

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 06, 2015 09:43 PM

The Oregon Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the House and is headed to Governor Kate Brown's desk. More and more states are seeing that it is their moral duty to right the historic wrong of domestic worker exclusion.

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USA: Victory! Connecticut Domestic Worker Bill Passes the House!

USA: Victory! Connecticut Domestic Worker Bill Passes the House!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 04, 2015 03:57 PM

The state of Connecticut took a giant first step forward for domestic workers in their state by passing the Connecitcut Domestic Worker Bill in the state house of representatives. Now it's off to Governor Malloy to sign into law!

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USA: Illinois House passes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

USA: Illinois House passes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified May 30, 2015 08:11 PM

The Illinois House of Representatives passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on May 29 2015.

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USA: Health, safety and justice - "Domestic workers have to build power"

USA: Health, safety and justice - "Domestic workers have to build power"

by IDWFED — last modified May 28, 2015 06:30 PM

As of late spring, more than 60 domestic workers had participated in the Arise training and received a certificate of completion, said Jakubek, who’s now working with her partners to develop a health and safety train-the-trainer curriculum. The completion certificate states that the worker has participated in health, safety and green cleaning training and is designed to help domestic workers market their services and secure fair employment.

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Ai-jen Poo: Domestic workers are "the most visible invisible workforce" who are transforming the US Economy

by IDWFED — last modified May 27, 2015 03:19 PM

"Domestic workers are anyone who works in a private home, taking care of children, elderly, people with a disability, and the people who take care of homes. It is largely women — 90 percent of the workforce is women — and they range in age. We have members who are in their 80s who are still working as caregivers for other elders, and we have very young members who maybe even started doing this work with their own mothers."

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USA: Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights - Articles

USA: Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights - Articles

by IDWFED — last modified May 19, 2015 06:18 PM

Op-ed by Maria Esther Sanchez and Ai-jen Poo

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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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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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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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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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USA: Speak Out for Domestic Workers Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 16, 2015 06:41 PM

The Speak Out for Domestic Workers Rights is an event to bring together domestic workers, employers, faith leaders, families, and allies to celebrate domestic workers and our work together for the rights and recognition of Domestic Workers!

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CSW59: Domestic Workers should enjoy basic rights

CSW59: Domestic Workers should enjoy basic rights

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

Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary shared her reasons of going to the CSW in a short interview video.

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