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The Campaign for a Domestic Workers' Convention

History was made on June 16, 2011 when governments, employers and workers from around the world adopted the Convention (C189) and accompanying Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers at the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC).

This was a leap forward for an estimated 50–100 million people worldwide who work in the homes of their employers. The Convention recognizes the “significant contribution of domestic workers to the global economy”. Support was overwhelming, with more than 83 per cent of votes cast in favour of adoption.

ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers Adopted!

Domestic Workers Organizing at ILO 2011

History was made June 16, 2011 when governments, employers and workers from around the world adopted the Convention and accompanying Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers at the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

These countries have ratified the Domestic Workers Convention 2011 (C189) and Recommendation (No. 201):

Domestic Workers celebrate C189 Convention

Home-Based Workers Day, South Asia

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20 October, 2013 - The day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Kathmandu Declaration for the rights of South Asian home-based workers.

Waste Pickers and Human Rights

Waste Picker in Nicaragua

It is estimated that 20 million people worldwide depend directly on waste picking for their livelihoods. They work in landfills, open-air dumps or collect waste from garbage bags or containers located in public spaces. Waste pickers create considerable environmental, economic and social benefits in the cities where they work.

Constitutional Court Rules that Street Traders in Johannesburg Can Return to Work.

Date: 11 December, 2013

In October 2013, thousands of Johannesburg informal traders were surprised by a large-scale city initiative to remove all informal traders from the city’s business district (CBD) – regardless of whether the traders had permission to trade or not. Traders were forcibly removed with little or no warning, and their goods were confiscated.

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla, Waste picker from Colombia, Recipient of 2013 Goldman Envrionmental Award

International Street Vendors Day

14 November, 2013

Street vendor
November 14 is International Street Vendors Day, a day to celebrate the incredible contributions made by street vendors to their local communities and to national development.

Urban attitudes and responses to street vendors vary around the globe, but everywhere they are at the heart of the debate about formalizing the informal economy.

Decent Work for Domestic Workers: International Labour Conference, June 2010

 The historic first discussion on Decent Work for Domestic Workers was on the agenda of the 99th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC), held in Geneva in June 2010. A second discussion will be held in June 2011, where it is anticipated that an ILO Convention supplemented by a Recommendation will be adopted.

9 June, 2010: ILO Sets Standards For Domestic Workers' Rights

Informal Workers Organizing Internationally

Timeline of Key Events

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1972 – Founding of SEWA

1980s
1983 – SEWA affiliates with International Union of Food and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)
1988 – Founding of Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Household Workers (CONLACTRAHO)
1989 – Founding of National Network of Homeworkers (PATAMABA) Philippines