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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:06 PM
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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USA: The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the Senate with bi-partisan support

USA: The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed out of the Senate with bi-partisan support

by IDWFED — last modified May 13, 2016 02:53 PM

On May 11, the struggle of Illinois domestic workers took a major step forward with an overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate vote of 53 to 0 to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (HB 1288).

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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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USA: SB1015 passes the Senate Labor Committee

USA: SB1015 passes the Senate Labor Committee

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 11, 2016 05:14 PM

California SB 1015, the 2016 Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, just passed out of labor committee 4 to 1! Congratulations to domestic workers!

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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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USA: Victory in Massachusetts! NDWA Affiliate, Matahari, protected au pairs rights and the domestic workers' law!

USA: Victory in Massachusetts! NDWA Affiliate, Matahari, protected au pairs rights and the domestic workers' law!

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 13, 2016 04:16 PM

On March 14, domestic worker leaders from Matahari attended a State House hearing on H.B. 4053, a bill that sought to exclude au pairs from the Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Law, passed in 2014. It aimed to take away critical labor rights and protections from this group of domestic workers, creating an underclass of childcare providers, and undercutting the childcare industry as a whole.

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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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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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USA: Profile of Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien

USA: Profile of Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2016 07:00 PM

Gilda Blanco is a housecleaner who came to the United States in 2008 from Livingston, Guatemala — the cradle of Garifuna culture in the region. Allison Julien migrated from Barbados and has been a nanny in New York City for 25 years.

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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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USA: The experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today

USA: The experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 28, 2016 04:38 PM

To National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo, the experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today. The solution? A social movement.

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USA: Beyond survival - moving to end domestic labour trafficking

USA: Beyond survival - moving to end domestic labour trafficking

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 25, 2016 04:43 PM

Ending labour trafficking requires us to elevate the voices of survivors and collaborate across state and policy lines to ensure accountability.

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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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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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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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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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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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Global: Capacity Building Resources - Fund for Global Human Rights

Global: Capacity Building Resources - Fund for Global Human Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:39 PM

Regular, Emergency and Donor-Advised Grants for Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America

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Global: Capacity Buliding Resources - Global Fund for Women

Global: Capacity Buliding Resources - Global Fund for Women

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:40 PM

Women-led NGOs can now submit their organizational profiles for possible grant support from the Global Fund for Women for its 2016 grant making. Global Fund for Women provides small women-led organizations outside of the United States grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year for operating and project expenses.

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USA: "Everything is a workaround": Life in Obama's agencies as Congress does nothing

USA: "Everything is a workaround": Life in Obama's agencies as Congress does nothing

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:37 PM

In the absence of new laws protecting workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has gotten creative.

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