International Domestic Workers Day, June 16, celebrates the 2011 passage of the International Labor Organization Convention 189 for Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Domestic workers from around the world came together to fight to establish this international law for domestic workers. The landslide victory represented an historic step forward towards domestic work being recognized as work like any other, and establishing fundamental labor protections.
After winning C189, we domestic workers could focus our attention on building a strong, democratic and united domestic workers global organization to protect and advance domestic workers’ rights everywhere. In 2013, we formalized the International Domestic Workers Federation. It is the first, and only, global union federation led by and made up primarily of women, with 55 affiliated domestic worker organizations in 44 countries!
Join domestic workers around the world in celebrating and taking action this International Domestic Workers Day.