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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Nepal Outflow to Gulf, Malaysia back for housemaid jobs. The Kathmandu Post . (31 October 2016)

The Department of Foreign Employment said it has issued work permits to more than 50 women to go abroad through the institutional channel since the government lifted the travel ban earlier this year.

Kuwait Domestic Workers Law to help stop human trafficking. Arab Times . (30 October 2016)
By Ibrahim, Abubakar A..

Some key achievements of the Human Rights Committee in the previous Parliament include the passage of draft laws on authorizing an independent national human rights agency, child protection and domestic workers, says MP Hamoud Al-Hamdan in an interview with the Arab Times.

China, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region New window-cleaning rules for domestic workers apply to all flats above ground floor, Hong Kong minister insists. The Guardian . (30 October 2016)
By Siu, Phila.

Labour secretary Matthew Cheung clarifies that a helper can clean windows in flats on upper floors only if grilles are installed or where there is a balcony.

Employment agencies should itemise, standardise, and make transparent a clear breakdown of the costs associated with employing foreign domestic workers (FDWs), said the Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) on Saturday (Oct 29).

The agreements come months after numerous cases of the exploitation of Ugandan domestic workers emerged.

India Domestic workers to be brought under ESIC fold. The Economic Times . (29 October 2016)

As part of its vision to provide health insurance for all, the government will bring domestic workers under the ESIC fold and soon launch pilot projects in Delhi and Hyderabad in this regard, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said today.

Saudi Arabia Saudi women call for cut to domestic worker wages. Gulf Business . (26 October 2016)

Families in the kingdom are being encouraged to pay maids less than the standardised wage. A group of Saudi women has reportedly launched a campaign to lower the wages of domestic workers.

As demand for home help increases around the world, the number of countries adopting laws to protect domestic workers continues to grow.

By Aung, Ei Cherry.

ILO representatives, Wai Hnin Po and Hkun Sa Mun Htoi, discuss the treatment of housemaids in Myanmar, many of whom are often children from poor families who are vulnerable to abuse.

By Colcol, Erwin.

1,000 Filipinos, most of them domestic workers, have entered Iraq since 2015 despite the Alert Level 4, which bans the deploment of workers, imposed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.