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World Report 2012: A Landmark Victory for Domestic Workers

29 March, 2012 | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch
"If someone had told me 45 years ago that we would be here today, I would not have believed it. We do not have to be slaves anymore."

Myrtle Witbooi, Chair of the International Domestic Workers Network and former domestic worker from South Africa, Geneva, June 10, 2011.

Kusuma Nandina, Sri Lankan Maid, Worked 17 Years Without Pay In Saudi Arabia

28 March, 2012 | Huffington Post | Huffington Post
A Sri Lankan woman who worked as a domestic servant for a Saudi Arabian family for 17 years without pay has received $19,000 in compensation for her labor, Arabian Business reports.

Effective Protection for Domestic Workers: A guide to designing labour laws

28 March, 2012 | ILO | ILO
The ILO has edited a book which will be published in May 2012. This guide is a practical tool for those involved in national legislative processes and in the design of labour laws, including government officials and representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations.

IDWN Launches Film on C189

22 March, 2012 | IDWN | IDWN
The IDWN just released a documentary film that illustrates how women from around the world organized within the International Labour Organization to establish the first global standards on Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention.

Activities and Campaigns for Ratification of C189

21 March, 2012 | ILO | ILO
Since the adoption in June 2011 of the Convention 189 (C189) and the Recommendation 201 (R201) for domestic workers by government, worker and employer delegates of the ILO, Unions in collaboration with ILO-Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV) have many activities for the promotion of these two ILO instruments at the state and regional levels.  In an interwiew, three unionists shared their experiences about this issue.

ILO Convention C189 and Recommendation R201 Text

20 March, 2012 | ILO | ILO
The text of ILO Convention C189 and Recommendation R201 on decent work for domestic workers.

Domestic Workers in Netherlands

19 March, 2012 | Domestic Workers Netherlands | Domestic Workers Netherlands
Domestic Workers film from Domestic Workers Netherlands on Vimeo.

Dignity Overdue: Decent Work for Domestic Workers

19 March, 2012 | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch
Millions of women and girls around the world turn to domestic work in order to provide for themselves and their families. Instead of guaranteeing their ability to work with dignity and free of violence, governments have systematically denied them key labor protections extended to other workers.

Hong Kong May Day Rally for Adoption of ILO Convention on Domestic Workers

19 March, 2012 | FADWU | FADWU
Hong Kong May Day Rally for Adoption of ILO Convention on Domestic Workers.

A regional workshop for domestic workers in Africa

19 March, 2012 | ITUC, IUF/IDWN | ITUC, IUF/IDWN
Johannesburg -

A regional workshop for domestic workers in Africa was organized by ITUC in collaboration with IUF/IDWN from April 28 - 30, 2011. Twenty-seven trade unionists and domestic workers participated. Best practices from SADSAWU, KUDHEIHA, SINED and SEHM/BA were shared, and the ILO "Brown" report was discussed.
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