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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Qatar Qatar approves draft law for domestic workers Arab News . (9 February 2017)

Qatar has approved a draft law which would provide legal protection for tens of thousands of female domestic workers for the first time, according to state media. The law is expected to specify how many hours staff such as nannies, drivers and gardeners should work per week, how many days holiday they receive annually and how they are paid, reported the Qatar News Agency (QNA).

About 50 Filipino domestic helpers are scheduled to begin arriving in Japan in February as part of the country's first move toward bringing in foreign workers for housekeeping services.

Philippines Ban on sending Filipino domestic helpers to Kuwait eyed. Philippine Daily Inquirer . (28 January 2017)
By Aurelio, Julie M.

The Department of Labor and Employment is mulling the suspension of deployment of Filipino household workers to Kuwait. This followed last Wednesday’s execution of a Filipina worker convicted of killing her employer’s daughter in 2007. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they would consult with other government agencies and stakeholders on the implementation of a moratorium.

Tighter rules, both at home and abroad, regarding hiring of domestic workers are having an impact on the Sultanate's demography. The number of Ethiopian and Indonesians workers living in Oman dropped sharply in 2016. According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information, the number of Ethiopian workers fell from 24,009 in December 2015 to 16,673 at the end of December 2016.

Pakistan LHC orders Punjab to formulate policy on domestic workers. The News . (25 January 2017)

Pleading a public interest petition, Advocate Sheraz Zaka argued that Punjab Restriction on Employment of Children Act 2016 solely applies on children working in industrial establishments whereas there was no policy/regulation for children working in domestic household work.

New York City's Domestic Workers, United Against Trump. The New Yorker . (23 January 2017)
By Osorio, Camila.

Women wearing pink hats and carrying protest signs streamed through the station, en route to the march in Washington, D.C. Sipping a Dunkin' Donuts coffee, Pérez waited with her friend Marta Martínez to board a bus chartered by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (N.D.W.A.), an organization that advocates for nannies, housecleaners, and home health workers across the country.

Pakistan Abuse of domestic workers a norm in capital. The Nation . (22 January 2017)
By Shafqat Khan, Maha.

According to an ILO study (2004), there were 264,000 child domestic workers in Pakistan. This number rapidly increased and in 2012 they reported an estimated 12 million child labourers, 8.5 million of which were female, but a significant number of boys were also exposed to similar jobs.

By Chuan Junn, Loh.

The Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) helped to resolve 83 per cent of the 517 cases it saw at the end of its inauguration year in 2016, with the remaining cases still ongoing, according its latest social report issued on Sunday (Jan 22).

By Hafiz, Sameera.

Anti-trafficking campaigns can help to tip the scales towards justice, but they will only succeed if they are grounded in the lived experiences of survivors and oriented towards systemic solutions.

Indonesia Indonesian women domestic workers start coming to UAE. Gulf News . (14 January 2017)
By Abdul Kader, Binsal.

This development is expected to alleviate the shortage of women domestic help in the UAE due to restrictions introduced by labour-exporting countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Ethiopia.