Outcomes of IDWF’s Delegation to the CSW68 2024

IDWF made its mark at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), the largest annual United Nations gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, held from March 11 to 22 under the priority theme “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective”.

Over two weeks, IDWF delegates and leaders of our movement were highly active: they seized every opportunity to advocate for the labor and human rights of domestic workers in all spaces at the CSW68. They participated in around 50 events, including parallel events, side events, high-level panels, and strategic meetings with allies, partners, key stakeholders, and policymakers, either as panelists, speakers, or representatives of domestic workers in care discussions.

The highlight was our parallel event, held on March 19 under the theme “Centering Decent Work for Domestic Workers in the Care Economy”. The event was attended by over 60 in-person attendees, and over 100 online attendees. Furthermore, the impact reverberated across various UN spheres.

Through diligent advocacy, IDWF: 

  • Brought visibility to domestic workers as the backbone of the care economy.
  • Positioned domestic workers’ priorities, demands, rights, and needs on the global care agenda.
  • Built alliances, and networks, gained support, developed joint strategies, and conquered new spaces for social dialogue.
  • Led conversations on care, becoming an undisputed global reference.

CSW is a crucial platform for collective action, cross-sector collaboration, and political advocacy. IDWF delegates capitalized on it, turning challenges into opportunities to ensure that the voices and representation of domestic workers are included in key discussions on the care economy. Thanks to the powerful work of our leaders in New York, domestic workers’ voices have been heard worldwide.

The CSW68 marks the beginning of a promising journey toward achieving labor, social, economic, and gender justice for the women who care for the world. Today, we can affirm that we have gained a seat at the table to fight for the construction of fair, inclusive, resilient care societies that respect the human rights of all people. Nothing about us, without us!

The domestic workers’ global movement is stronger, united, and unstoppable. Let’s go for more!

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