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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Kampala Uganda Domestic Workers in Uganda Coerced Into HIV, STI Screenings Voice of America . (22 June 2016)
By Paulat, Lizabeth.

In Uganda, its common to bring women into households to help with chores such as cleaning, cooking and childcare. Yet many say that they have been coerced into undergoing screenings for HIV and sexually-transmitted infections. Advocates say the testing is a harbinger of discrimination and even sexual exploitation.


Most middle class homes in Uganda hire some form of house help. But domestic workers are increasingly being required to submit to health screenings as a precondition to employment.

Pakistan United for a cause: Rights demanded for domestic labourers The Express Tribune . (21 June 2016)

Domestic workers must also be recognised as part of the formal workforce, said Rehana Yasmin of HomeNet Pakistan, adding that they should be granted social security and EOBI benefits.

Ecuador First Domestic Worker Union Founded in Ecuador Telesur . (21 June 2016)

Marginalized workers in Ecuador have gained recognition of their rights from the leftist government of Rafael Correa.


Nearly 600 domestic workers from 11 provinces throughout Ecuador gathered in the capital of Quito on Monday to create the National Union of Remunerated Domestic Workers, the first of its kind in the country.




By Bangkok, Coconuts.

Workers asked the government to start enforcing the issued regulations that protect their rights. Enforcement of these regulations would help to improve the sometimes poor working and living conditions of employees including maids and nannies.

By Yeung, Raymond.

Foreign domestic helpers rally at City Hall in Central on Sunday calling for employers to sign a pledge to observe the terms of the 189th Convention on Domestic Workers.


A leading union has called for better financial and human rights protections for the city’s foreign domestic workers.

Government has finally taken up the long-standing demand to hike the minimum wages of domestic workers. Labour minister T P Ramakrishanan has said that the government will consider the demand to hike their wages.


The current minimum wage of domestic workers is Rs 135 per day, while trade unions demand that it be raised to Rs 500.

Pakistan Call for providing rights to domestic workers under labour laws The International News . (18 June 2016)

Marking International Domestic Workers’ Day, leaders of labour and home-based workers organisations said on Friday that there were about 8.5 million domestic workers in Pakistan, most of them women and a significant portion of the country’s informal economy, but they were neither regulated nor covered by labour laws, making them vulnerable to all sorts of exploitation.

By P. Ball, David.

International Domestic Workers Day, marked worldwide on Thursday, was supposed to be an occasion to celebrate the United Nations’ landmark adoption five years ago of labour standards for one of the most vulnerable workforces.


But according to live-in caregivers and their supporters in the Vancouver area, there’s little to celebrate in Canada. On Thursday evening, more than 60 domestic workers and their supporters rallied outside the offices of the Canada Border Services Agency.

Thailand Burmese Domestic Workers in Thailand Demand Greater Protection The Irrawaddy . (16 June 2016)

Burmese domestic workers in Thailand, who are not protected by existing domestic legislation and remain highly vulnerable to exploitation, have called on the Thai government to do more to ensure their basic labor rights.


The Burmese migrants spoke at a seminar on Thursday marking the fifth International Domestic Workers’ Day in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai.

Migrant Domestic Workers: Overworked and Underprotected Human Rights Watch . (15 June 2016)
By Begum, Rothna.

Millions of women, like Latika, migrate as the sole breadwinner for their families to work as domestic workers abroad. With few employment opportunities at home, this is often a choice of last resort. Their wages help to clothe, feed, and educate their children while they care for and raise other children.


While many migrant domestic workers realize their hopes for decent salaries and good working conditions, others face a far bleaker reality. Latika’s case unfortunately is not rare.