Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the government on Thursday, September 22, due to its commitment to empower women economically has signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention).
Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning (Thursday, September 22) announced that the government, due to its commitment to empower women economically has signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention).
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Prime Minister Holness who was participating in the deliberations on a report by the United Nations High Level Panel on Economic Empowerment of Women at UN Headquarters in New York said, “We are committed to the protection of rights of the most vulnerable among us and to ensure the welfare of domestic workers within the framework of our determination to promote a decent work for all.” A decent work for all and empowerment of women are part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Recognizing the presence of Ms Shirley Pryce at the UN, who is a staunch advocate for women’s empowerment and the rights of domestic workers in Jamaica, Prime Minister Holness stated that
“I’m pleased to announce that Jamaica has signed by virtue of her (Ms Pryce) instrumentality, we have signed and we are ratifying the ILO Domestic Workers Convention C189.”
He added that the instrument is now in the process of being deposited at the International Labour Office through Jamaica’s Embassy in Geneva.
The Prime Minister said he looked forward to the early universalization of the Convention and encouraged states that have not yet done so to ratify the instrument as soon as possible.
The ILO Convention C 189 seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.
Prime Minister’s intervention during the Report of the High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Jamaica believes in decent work (Sdg 8) and believes in women’s empowerment ( Sdg 5) we are proud to have signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention) and are depositing it at the ILO through our Embassy in Geneva.
Shirley Pryce, Executive Committee Member of the International Domestic Workers Federation and Jamaica Household Workers Association, speaking at UN HLP on Women’s Economic Empowerment after the PM of Jamaica announces ratification of C189!
Source: Prime Minister Andrew Holness