"We want to be the protagonists of our own stories!" A participatory research manual on how domestic workers and researchers can jointly conduct research

21 May, 2014 | Research Network for Domestic Worker Rights | Kassel University Press
This research manual was developed on the basis of the experience from conducting a study of the social security needs of domestic workers in the Netherlands and South Africa.  The publication depicts the research process and can work as a guideline to participatory research in the field of domestic work, but also other areas of research. The manual is a step-by-step guide through all phases of a research process, from coming up with a research question to celebrating its completion. It contains explanations of research methods and practical group exercises. Authors and domestic worker co-researchers share their experiences, offer tips and materials to work with.

Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labour

20 May, 2014 | ILO | ILO
The report highlights how forced labour thrives in the incubator of poverty and vulnerability, low levels of education and literacy, migration and other factors. The evidence and results presented in this report illustrate the need for stronger measures of prevention and protection and for enhanced law enforcement as the basic responses to forced labour.

At the same time, it also provides new knowledge of the determinants of forced labour that can help us develop and expand policies and programmes to not only stop forced labour where it exists, but prevent it before it occurs. It is hoped that this new report will contribute to greater awareness and effective action against forced labour as well as further research in this area.

2014 New ITUC Global Rights Index - The world's worst countries for workers

19 May, 2014 | ITUC | ITUC
The ITUC Global Rights Index covers violations in 139 countries recorded over the past 12 months (April 2013- March 2014). The methodology is grounded in standards of fundamental rights at work, in particular the right to freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining and the right to strike.

These rights are based on international human rights law which we have spelled out in the form of 97 indicators in order to translate narrative text into numerical ratings. Countries are then rated in clusters from 1-5 depending on their compliance with collective labour rights. The level of economic development, size or location of the country is not taken into account given that fundamental rights are universal and workers in all parts of the world must have access to them. A high rated cluster means that workers in the country have no right to their collective voice due to government
failure to guarantee rights.

"My Sleep is My Break" - Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Qatar

23 April, 2014 | Amnesty International | Amnesty International
More than half of all women migrant workers in Qatar are employed in private homes. Qatar’s laws do not limit the number of hours a day or the number of days a week that domestic workers can be asked to work. At its worst extreme, the abuse of domestic workers can involve physical and sexual abuse. In some cases, their treatment can amount to forced labour and human trafficking. This Amnesty International report, based on interviews with migrant workers, government officials and others, examines the way in which domestic workers are failed by serious flaws in Qatar’s laws and policies. It ends with recommendations to the Qatari government on how to prevent abuses and ensure the human rights of migrant domestic workers.

Video: Harassment

19 April, 2014 | The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) of Hong Kong | EOC Hong Kong
"Harassment" talks about a young Indonesian migrant domestic worker in Hong Kong, Umi, who has been sexually harassed by her male employer. Umi is new to Hong Kong. She has a family of more than ten members in Indonesia. She has heavy economic burden. She has been in debt as she borrowed money so that she can come to Hong Kong. What can Umi do?

The "Harassment" is the 1st episode of the  6th series of "A Mission for Equal Opportunities" produced by The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) of Hong Kong in 2009. The series aims to promote equality and elimination of discrimination. The "Harassment" was awarded the American "Aurora Awards" in 2010.

ILO survey on domestic workers: preliminary guidelines

24 March, 2014 | Farhad Mehran | ILO
These surveys were conducted as part of the ILO commitments to assist Tanzania and Zambia in generating reliable situational analysis on domestic workers as input to policy and legislative reviews and dialogues. The purpose of the present report is to draw from the experience gained from these two surveys to provide preliminary guidelines on the design and implementation of surveys of domestic workers in countries of interest.

Tackling Child Domestic Labour and Protecting Young Domestic Workers: A Global Resource Manual

21 March, 2014 | Global March | Global March
The Resource Manual is a comprehensive document on the issue of engagement of children in domestic work that is intended to provide support to organisations ranging from trade unions, child rights organisations/NGOs, and others to take action against child domestic labour and to protect young domestic workers of legal working age. It has been especially developed to strengthen the capacity of trade unions and worker groups, community-based organisations and NGOs to advocate for an end to exploitation and abuse of children in domestic work, and to provide good practice guidance on the best ways of directly supporting these children so that they get access to education, social protection schemes and thus a fulfilled childhood.

Domestic Workers in the United Republic of Tanzania: Summary of Findings of a Situational Analysis 2013

27 February, 2014 | ILO | ILO
In recognition of the significance of developing a sound knowledge base on domestic work in order to facilitate informed, meaningful policy dialogue, awareness raising and action towards promoting decent work for domestic workers, representatives of employers and workers organizations and representatives of the government, in a tripartite meeting held in May 2012, requested the International Labour Organization (ILO) to conduct a situational analysis of domestic workers in the United Republic of Tanzania.

Breaking the Isolation: Access to Information and Media Among Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Lebanon

23 February, 2014 | Elizabeth Frantz | Open Society Foundation
A new report, Breaking the Isolation: Access to Information and Media among Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Lebanon,  launched by the Open Society Foundation, is the first study of its kind in the Arab region looking at how domestic workers communicate and access media and information. It examines the potential for specific media — including mobile phones, radio, television, and print publications — to reach out to domestic workers on a larger scale.

IMWU NL Annual Report 2013

31 December, 2013 | IMWU NL | IMWU NL
IMWU NL is considered as ‘a baby who ran’, that was our previous chairman’s, Slamet Heri, who passed away in 2012, description of our organisation. IMWU NL is a baby, only 2 years old but we have achieved a lot of things.

IMWU NL has rapidly achieved respect and recognition. It was not a simple struggle, the struggle was full of stones, rocks, tears and blood. And the year of 2013 was also the year when the “ran baby” has grown up. All of the achievements cannot be accomplished without the bless from God, the support from our family, our networks, friends and also the support from MAMA CASH. We are grateful for your support and we thank you therefore.
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