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The IDWF Statement on December 18 - The International Migrants Day 2013

18 December, 2013 | IDWF
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The IDWF Statement on December 18 - The International Migrants Day 2013

Today, domestic workers make up the main bulk of all international women migrants and the number is still rising.  On December 18, the International Migrants Day, we pay special tribute to migrant domestic workers who have made huge sacrifices for the sake of their families and loved ones – so that their children can go to schools, the sick treated, battered houses fixed and so on and so forth.

The Help: Irish-style

16 November, 2013 | Patrick Freyne | The Irish Times
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Many cleaners, au pairs and carers live in the shadows of Irish life: hired by word of mouth, engaged without contracts, paid below minimum wage. How do this vulnerable group see their adopted country?

When you’re watching Downton Abbey it’s nice to think that the master-servant relationships it depicts are in the past. But there has been a boom in domestic service in recent years and care across the western world. London, for example, has as many domestic workers now as it did in Victorian times. This work, involving the care of old, sick and young people, is often done by immigrant workers, some undocumented.

Domestic Workers in Pakistan discussed about their rights

9 November, 2013 | DAWN | DAWN
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Women domestic workers discussed on Friday their labour rights at a meeting by the HomeNet Pakistan and the Plan Pakistan.  They decided to take serious measures establishing and implementing labour laws, especially with regard to domestic workers who did not even have basic minimum pay.

Labor Rights for All: The Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery

7 November, 2013 | Nisha Varia | Foreign Policy in Focus
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Women from forty countries—nannies, housecleaners, community organizers and trade unionists—gathered in Uruguay at the end of October to establish the first global federation of domestic workers. There were few television cameras, no celebrities to give a keynote speech, no large commitments of donor aid. In fact there were none of the trappings of the numerous international conferences to fight the enormous social ills of forced labor, trafficking and labor exploitation.

Speech of the President of Women Committee of Latin America, IUF, Ms Patricia Alonzo

28 October, 2013 | IDWF
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Speech of the President of Women Committee of Latin America, IUF, Ms Patricia Alonzo

I am speaking to you as President of the IUF Latin-American Women’s Committee (CLAMU). As well as congratulating the delegates to the 1st Congress of the International Domestic Workers’ Network, I propose to highlight some of the similarities between our organizations, which, I believe, opens up interesting opportunities for cooperation.

Uruguay President Mujica's Speech at IDWN Founding Congress

28 October, 2013 | IDWF | IDWF
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President Mujica’s Speech: Delivered at the closing of the International Domestic Workers Federation Founding Congress, Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo (Montevideo City Hall),
Montevideo, Uruguay.

The Future of the Domestic Workers' Movement, Speech by Dan Gallin

28 October, 2013 | IDWF | Dan Gallin, Global Labour Institute
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Speech for International Domestic Workers' Federation, Founding Congress.

IDWN Congress: Our new Federation is born!

28 October, 2013 | IDWF | IDWF
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Yes, we have our new global federation, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). Today, delegates from domestic workers' organisations around the world agreed that this is what our network, the IDWN, should become. After the new IDWF Constitution was unanimously agreed by a show of voting cards, the hall broke out into clapping and cheering, with cries of "Si Se Puede" and singing of "Solidarity Forever".
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