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CSW59: At UN Conference, Domestic Workers Push for International Labor Standards

CSW59: At UN Conference, Domestic Workers Push for International Labor Standards

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 05, 2017 05:08 PM

Between March 9 and March 20, member states and global NGOs gathered at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, the key international policy document aiming to achieve gender equality. Coinciding with the conference, the Clinton and Gates Foundations released No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report, which traces women’s demonstrable progress in global health and education since 1995, as well as their insufficient gains in economic participation, leadership and security. Dignitaries, celebrities, and philanthropists gave speeches calling for “50-50 by 2030”—meaning full gender equality in the next in 15 years.

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Global: Cooperatives and Formalization

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2016 08:36 PM

This week more than 100 informal economy workers, mainly women, from over 40 countries, and those from solidarity organizations are participating in the 6th General Assembly of the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) network in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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USA: Domestic workers lead surprise march on home of millionaire Elyse Slaine

USA: Domestic workers lead surprise march on home of millionaire Elyse Slaine

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 09, 2014 04:09 PM

A combative band of domestic workers, backed up by an actual band of musicians from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, noisily arrived at the doorstep of millionaire socialite Elyse Slaine at 925 Park Ave for a surprise visit. They were led by Filipina domestic worker Marichu De Sesto, who for 15 years cooked and cleaned for Slaine, working long and unpaid overtime hours, only to be abruptly kicked to the curb in May when she requested a day off for a medical appointment.

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USA: MacArthur "Genius" Ai-jen Poo - Organizing America's Domestic Workers

USA: MacArthur "Genius" Ai-jen Poo - Organizing America's Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:31 PM

Domestic workers are among the least-protected members of the workforce, excluded from state and federal labor laws. For the last 16 years, labor organizer Ai-jen Poo, now the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, has been organizing housekeepers, nannies and home health aides to expand workplace protections. Today, Poo became a 2014 MacArthur "genius.”

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USA: The NannyVan educating domestic workers about their rights

USA: The NannyVan educating domestic workers about their rights

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 13, 2014 09:07 PM

NannyVan is an organization based in New York that travels around the country in an awesome 1976 revamped Chevy van that was purchased on Craigslist. Their goal is to accelerate the movement for domestic workers rights' by meeting domestic workers face-to-face and informing them about everything they are entitled to in their workplace. They hand out informational flyers, sample work contracts, informational coloring pages for children and they even have a nanny hotline where domestic workers can call in and hear short, humorous episodes that teaches them about their rights.

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Women make up 83% of domestic workers worldwide

Women make up 83% of domestic workers worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 24, 2015 06:35 PM

Domestic workers are among the most vulnerable groups in the global workforce, facing a number of human rights abuses and labour rights violations ranging from deplorable working conditions and unequal pay to sexual violence.

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USA/Global: Five Things You Didn't Know About Human Trafficking

USA/Global: Five Things You Didn't Know About Human Trafficking

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2015 09:25 PM

With 21 million people around the world in forced labor, what can we do?

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USA: Domestic Workers' Champ Envisions Win-Win Future

USA: Domestic Workers' Champ Envisions Win-Win Future

by IDWFED — last modified May 18, 2015 06:35 PM

In July, Massachusetts became the fourth state after New York, California and Hawaii to pass a home care workers' bill of rights, which requires such things as unemployment insurance and overtime for workers. That's all great news to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a network of nannies, housekeepers and caretakers of elderly people that has been working since 2007 to advance public awareness of the important role these workers play in society and to advocate for better work conditions. In two question-and-answer sessions in late July with Women's eNews, Ai-jen Poo, the group's director, talked about the current state of caregiver work and the network's efforts.

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USA: Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

USA: Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified May 23, 2015 08:35 PM

Victory! Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law, the fourth state in as many years. The Massachusetts Bill is the most forward-thinking bill of rights to date and sets the stage for even more comprehensive legislation in other states. The bill will protect workers and employers by requiring clear guidelines for employers and workers including: a written contract; 30 days notice of termination for live-in workers; and maternity leave for workers, among other protections. Congratulations, Massachusetts!

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USA: NDWA Statement on the Harris vs. Quinn Supreme Court Case Decision

USA: NDWA Statement on the Harris vs. Quinn Supreme Court Case Decision

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:43 PM

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court made a decision that threatens the fundamental right of state-funded home care workers in Illinois to make progress towards living wage jobs.

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USA: Domestic workers in New York created wrote poetry on walls

USA: Domestic workers in New York created wrote poetry on walls

by IDWFED — last modified May 25, 2015 06:52 PM

A woman’s work is never done—it just gets passed on to someone else. For the nannies, housekeepers, health aides and other caregivers in New York’s middle- and upper-class households, work means carrying others’ burdens: tricked-out strollers and spattered baby food, damp diapers, and dry cleaning—or the family secrets tucked behind a genteel exterior. On Sunday, Christine Yvette Lewis captured a bit of the warped edifice of American domesticity and colored it with memories of her native Trinidad. Taking a paintbrush to the wall of an old cottage, she depicted an island house from her homeland, and below, scrawled a scene from the adopted home where she works today: “Push Pale Pampered Baby in Ornate Pram Along Pompous Avenue … A Tale of Two Cities.”

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Domestic workers: Silent no more

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 24, 2015 09:18 PM

It is time to acknowledge the importance of domestic workers as valuable members of society.

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On Anniversary of Historic ILO Convention, Domestic Workers Speak Out Worldwide

On Anniversary of Historic ILO Convention, Domestic Workers Speak Out Worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 24, 2015 06:31 PM

By caring for our homes and loved ones, domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible. Unfortunately, the important labor of some 100 million domestic workers worldwide frequently goes unrecognized. In fact, domestic workers are vulnerable to labor exploitation, sexual assault and even forced labor and trafficking because they are mainly women, their workplace is behind closed doors and, in many places, they still are not covered under labor laws. In the United States, domestic workers are excluded from the most basic fairness and safety regulations on the job, including minimum wage and hour laws.

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ILO adopts new Protocol to tackle modern forms of forced labour

ILO adopts new Protocol to tackle modern forms of forced labour

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 10, 2019 03:34 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour. The Protocol, supported by a Recommendation, was adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC) with 437 votes for 27 abstentions and 8 against.

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Global: Mme Asmaou Bah from Guinee, representing IUF/IDWF speaking at ILO Assembly Hall

Global: Mme Asmaou Bah from Guinee, representing IUF/IDWF speaking at ILO Assembly Hall

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 11:09 PM

"Any work done without consent is forced labour" was the message sent in a strong statement by Mme Asmaou Bah when addressing government and workers' representatives yesterday at the ILO Assembly Hall.

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Global: Domestic Workers' Growth, visibility, and power

Global: Domestic Workers' Growth, visibility, and power

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:03 PM

Three years ago, our members joined domestic workers from all over the world to win the passage of the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. It was a historic recognition that domestic workers are entitled to the same rights and respect as other workers. Today, after passing Domestic Workers Bills of Rights in California and Hawai’i, and steady work to pass similar legislation in Massachusetts and Connecticut, our members are back at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, this time to expand rights, recognition and respect to all workers in the “informal” sector, and to ensure that no workers are subject to forced labor.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi speaks at the Standards Committee, ILC 2014

Global: Myrtle Witbooi speaks at the Standards Committee, ILC 2014

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 10, 2019 03:32 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, speaks at the Standards Committee, ILC 2014 on June 3

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi shares at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary

Global: Myrtle Witbooi shares at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:40 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, spoke at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary on "How do we build power at the global workplace? Experiences in building various models."

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Global: Domestic workers will earn respect and decent salary, says Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Domestic workers will earn respect and decent salary, says Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:04 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, spoke at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary on "How do we build power at the global workplace? Experiences in building various models."

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, speaks at the ILC 2014 on May 29

Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, speaks at the ILC 2014 on May 29

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 10, 2019 03:32 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, speaks at the ILC 2014 on May 29

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Forced labour laws need more than lip service to be effective

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 10, 2019 03:36 PM

In 1930, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) established a Forced Labour Convention, an attempt to address such practices in what was then still a colonial world. Over the decades the manifestations of forced labour have changed, whereas international law has remains rooted in the past. Beginning this week, and running until 12 June, the International Labour Conference (ILC) is meeting to try to address the gaps in the convention that have emerged over the past 80 years. The conference represents an opportunity to advance the eradication of forced labour, updating legislation in the areas of prevention, victim protection and compensation, and including new forms of forced labour such as trafficking.

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Global: 2014 ITUC World Congress Day Four - Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 01, 2016 04:02 PM

On day four of the ITUC World Congress, we speak to Amanda Villatoro of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) and Stella Marys Zalazar of the "Sindicato de Empleadas de Casas de Familia" (Argentina) about the success of the 12x12 campaign to organise domestic workers.

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Global: Domestic workers are determined to have strong organizations, says Elizabeth Tang

Global: Domestic workers are determined to have strong organizations, says Elizabeth Tang

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:29 PM

Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary talks about the IDWF & domestic workers at the ITUC Congress. Listen to what she said on a report of RadioLabour, 2014 May 22.

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Global: ILO says forced labour generates annual profits of US$150 billion

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 05:59 PM

Forced labour in the private economy generates US$150 billion in illegal profits per year, about three times more than previously estimated, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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Global: The IDWF is now an affiliate of the IUF

Global: The IDWF is now an affiliate of the IUF

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:07 PM

The IDWF is now an affiliate of the IUF (International Union of Food Workers). Yesterday at its Executive Committee meeting, this decision was made as everyone agreed to it.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi's interview with the ITUCCSI - The importance of ratification of C189

Global: Myrtle Witbooi's interview with the ITUCCSI - The importance of ratification of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:25 PM

Myrtle Witbooi talks about the importance of ratification of C189. "Whatever you are, whether you are a farm worker or domestic worker, you must be ‪proud‬ of yourself. Because there is something in ourselves‬. When I was a ‪domestic worker‬, I did not know that I could ‪speak‬, I did not know I ‪could‬ stand on the stage..."

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Global: Human Trafficking Does Not Occur in a Vacuum, by Ai-jen Poo

Global: Human Trafficking Does Not Occur in a Vacuum, by Ai-jen Poo

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:26 PM

The National Domestic Workers Alliance, the International Domestic Workers Federation, and the Africa Domestic Workers Network stand with the young women abducted in Nigeria and their families.* We are organizations that represent women workers in the United States and Africa -- we care about the human rights of women and girls all around the world, we condemn all forms of violence against women, and we join our sisters to demand that the lives of these families that have been torn apart are made whole.

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USA: Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Passes Massachusetts Senate

USA: Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Passes Massachusetts Senate

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:52 PM

Today the state Senate passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights 39-0 with clear bi-partisan support, moving one step closer to becoming a law that ensures workers have basic labor protections such as clarity on what constitutes working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and protection from the abuses of trafficking and from retaliation for asserting wage violations.

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Global: Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention

Global: Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:12 PM

Millions of workers are in forced labour and human trafficking. Today's slave trade generates billions of dollars in profits annually. We are all complicit through the goods and services we buy every day. The workers need stronger prevention measures, increased protection and effective compensation. In June 2014, 185 countries will meet at the International Labour Conference in Geneva to update the international law to protect everyone from forced labour. Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention.

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Mayday for domestic Workers: Why the demand for domestic workers' rights must be heard

Mayday for domestic Workers: Why the demand for domestic workers' rights must be heard

by IDWFED — last modified May 03, 2016 06:10 PM

More than half of all work carried out by the world's population is domestic care work. So this International Workers Day on 1 May, maybe it's a good time to ask: why do domestic workers have so few rights? And why is no one speaking up about it?

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