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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
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 via Reuters., .

The Indian embassy in Oman issued a notice on Monday, saying it was scrapping the scheme because employers and recruitment agencies said it was discouraging them from hiring.

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.

South Africa National minimum wage: not enough protection for part-time workers. Ground Up . (13 January 2017)
By Ruth Castel-Branco and Gilad Isaacs, .

The Panel has been criticised for proposing that the roughly 1.2 million domestic workers and 660,000 agricultural workers be included at lower levels ('tiers') for a period of up to two years.

Singapore 'Invisible' Domestic Workers In Singapore. Pulitzer Center . (12 January 2017)
By Estrin, James.

"Migrant workers are invisible people," Xyza said. "We are like air. People need us but they don't see us. We exist to please them, to serve them, but they don't really see us as part of the society. We have voices - it's just that no one is listening."

Kuwait Kuwait's Domestic Labour Law: One Year Later. Migrant Rights Org . (12 January 2017)

The new law was widely celebrated by state officials and international organizations for its "slow progress" in protecting workers' rights and enhancing a "good image of Kuwait." However, Kuwaiti officials appear satisfied merely by the law's existence, so far failing to create a plan to monitor its enforcement, its progress, and its deficiencies.

United States of America Domestic worker champion inspires at UH Mānoa commencement. University of Hawai'i News . (11 January 2017)

Ai-Jen Poo challenged graduates to take action and fight for what they think is right at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa fall commencement, December 17, 2016. Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign.

The Indian diaspora in Qatar has urged Indian government to create a separate registration cell with details of domestic workers being sent from various Indian States to Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including Qatar.