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UK: Help protect domestic workers - Tell the Parliament to end the tied visa

UK: Help protect domestic workers - Tell the Parliament to end the tied visa

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 04, 2016 05:53 PM

Support the campaign to end the tied visa system in the UK, which is a campaign also by Justice for domestic workers (J4DW), a membership-based organization of domestic workers in the UK.

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Hong Kong: "Strangers at Home" - selected stories and photos available online

Hong Kong: "Strangers at Home" - selected stories and photos available online

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 18, 2016 09:02 PM

The award winning book "Strangers at Home" (外傭—住在家中的陌生人) explores the lives of migrant domestic workers who go to Hong Kong to work and the impact on this migration on their families back home. The book features a series of personal stories and photo essays from both Hong Kong and the Philippines, as well as a series of interviews with employers and experts.

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Indonesia: IDWF statement on the abuse cases of domestic workers Siti Sri Marni and other 3 workers

Indonesia: IDWF statement on the abuse cases of domestic workers Siti Sri Marni and other 3 workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 15, 2016 09:52 PM

We are shocked and agitated to learn the recent abuse cases of domestic workers in Indonesia. Siti Sri Marni and other 3 domestic workers E, M and W escaped on 8 Feb 2016 after 12 or more years of serious abuses by their employer Meta Hasan Musdalifah in Jakarta, Indonesia. We, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), join with JALAPRT, the National Network for Domestic Workers Advocacy on the National Domestic Workers Day to call upon the Indonesian government to adopt the Domestic Workers Bill.

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Indonesia: PRT Torment by Employer, Evidence that, Absent Government Give Protection, said Jala PRT

Indonesia: PRT Torment by Employer, Evidence that, Absent Government Give Protection, said Jala PRT

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 03, 2016 05:01 PM

National Network for Domestic Workers Advocacy (Jala PRT) assess the atrocity that often do employers of domestic workers is evidence of the absence of the state's role in providing protection.

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Indonesia: JALA PRT Statement on Occurrence of Violence against domestic workers

Indonesia: JALA PRT Statement on Occurrence of Violence against domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 03, 2016 05:00 PM

Cases of violence above is one of a row of cases of domestic workers in the country. These cases show how inhumane treatment of domestic workers, as well as the absence of State protection to domestic workers. Cases of torture, confinement - Recurrent slavery continues. But there is no legal process or mild punishment of the perpetrators so it does not become a permanent lesson can be free and repeated actions.

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Latin America: For domestic workers, a push for rights gains ground

Latin America: For domestic workers, a push for rights gains ground

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 15, 2016 04:28 PM

Organized groups of domestic workers have been fighting for employment contracts, health care, pensions, and other protections.

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India: There's no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do, says a domestic worker

India: There's no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do, says a domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 03, 2016 09:52 PM

Previously I was known as a domestic worker—I was embarrassed to tell my fellow classmates. But my trainers and classmates treated me equally once they found out my role of work. There’s no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do—I am much more than just what I am employed as. I am a daughter. I am proud. I am encouraged. I am a sister.

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Singapore: NTUC launches centre to help domestic workers

Singapore: NTUC launches centre to help domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 25, 2016 09:59 PM

It will give advice on employment issues, provide mediation and run helpline too.

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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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Singapore: New minimum wage for Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers

Singapore: New minimum wage for Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 02, 2016 04:58 PM

Employers will have to pay at least $550 a month to employ a Filipino domestic worker, up from $500 - the first rise in three years.

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Lebanon: Employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship

Lebanon: Employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 21, 2016 06:27 PM

The latest nationwide survey with employers of domestic workers in Lebanon (2015) revealed that many employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship, and this also influences their behavior with the worker.

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UK: Sara's Story of Domestic Slavery

UK: Sara's Story of Domestic Slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 04, 2016 05:08 PM

Like hundreds of others, Sara, an Indian national, came to the UK to work for a wealthy family as a domestic worker. Instead she found herself trapped in the nightmare of domestic slavery.

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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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UK: Domestic workers abused in London -"She took the iron and pressed it on my hand"

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 13, 2016 09:29 PM

Filipino workers suffer shocking abuse at the hands of wealthy Gulf employers staying in London, but fear of being deported prevents them reporting it.

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UK: "I was just a slave" - The foreign domestic workers living a life of five-star serfdom in London

UK: "I was just a slave" - The foreign domestic workers living a life of five-star serfdom in London

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 13, 2016 09:29 PM

They live in some of London’s most exclusive locations, cooking, cleaning and caring for the children of a rich foreign elite. But for many overseas domestic workers, the veneer of reflected glamour conceals a much darker world, one in which they are denied a passport, salary, food and even sleep while working 20-hour days.

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UK: Visa policy "increasing abuse" of foreign domestic workers, says damning review

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 13, 2016 09:30 PM

Tied visas that restrict domestic workers to one employer and limit their stay in the UK have left women vulnerable to slavery and abuse, review reveals.

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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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Spain: The main legislative body of Valencia decided to ratify the ILO C189

Spain: The main legislative body of Valencia decided to ratify the ILO C189

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 29, 2016 09:42 PM

On January 9 2016, "The Corts" of Valencia, which is the main legislative body of Valencia, decided to ratify the ILO domestic workers Convention 189.

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GCC: Life-saving mobile app for Indian workers - MigCall

GCC: Life-saving mobile app for Indian workers - MigCall

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 14, 2016 03:36 PM

The app is developed in association with the Migrant Forum in Asia, a Manila based regional network which toils for the rights of migrant workers.

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Philippines: Domestic workers face long road to labor rights at home and abroad

Philippines: Domestic workers face long road to labor rights at home and abroad

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 03:49 PM

Read the special report of Remy Borlongan and Rex Varona on how migrant domestic workers face long road to labor rights at home and abroad.

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Nepal: Nepalese women trafficked to Syria and forced to work as domestic workers

Nepal: Nepalese women trafficked to Syria and forced to work as domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 09:50 PM

Unscrupulous agents lure women into conflict zones with promises of employment abroad only to leave them working long hours for little or no pay.

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Colombia: A domestic worker's Peaceful Rebellion

Colombia: A domestic worker's Peaceful Rebellion

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 05, 2016 10:02 PM

Ms. Roa’s movement is one example of what’s needed. “It was profound inequality that precipitated the conflict,” said Viviana Osorio, a lawyer and labor leader in Medellín who has worked with Ms. Roa. “If that doesn’t change, we won’t have lasting and sustainable peace.”

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Bangladesh: DWRN discussed further with Labour Minister on Adopted Domestic Workers Policy

Bangladesh: DWRN discussed further with Labour Minister on Adopted Domestic Workers Policy

by Fish Ip — last modified Apr 03, 2017 11:13 PM

Following to the adoption of Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy in Bangladesh on 21 Dec 2015, several follow up discussions were organized to discuss on the follow up and policy details.

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Bangladesh: Cabinet Adopts Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy

Bangladesh: Cabinet Adopts Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 28, 2015 06:20 PM

The cabinet on Dec 21 afternoon approved the draft of "Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy-2015". Bangladesh has cleared its first-ever policy for domestic workers, setting 14 years as the minimum age for employment.

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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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Kenya: Iscah's escape from Saudi Arabia - abused Kenyan domestic worker tells her story

Kenya: Iscah's escape from Saudi Arabia - abused Kenyan domestic worker tells her story

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 06:04 PM

Iscah Achieng is back home in Kenya and feels lucky to be alive. Recently released from her abusive employers in Saudi Arabia, she tells a harrowing story of beatings, starvation, death threats and sexual harassment. Despite her 14-month ordeal, she is already campaigning for other domestic workers from Africa and Asia who are enduring similar – or worse.

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UK: Independent reviewer calls for an urgent end to the tied visa system for migrant domestic workers

UK: Independent reviewer calls for an urgent end to the tied visa system for migrant domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 18, 2015 05:08 PM

Kalayaan is delighted that James Ewins’ independent review of the Overseas Domestic Worker visa, released today calls for an end to the current system which ties workers to their employers.

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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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