UN HLP: C189 Event and Latin America Regional Consultation

Consultation on Ratification of C189 in Latin America: 13 July 2016, San Jose, Costa Rica

In advance of the second meeting of the UN SGHLP, the HLP Secretariat, the Government of Costa Rica, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and UN Women jointly hosted an event on the ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Work in Latin America. The event brought together representatives from four countries who have ratified C189 (Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Dominican Republic) and three who have not (Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador), to discuss success factors and challenges to ratifying the convention. Participants also discussed good practices in its implementation. The event aligned with the goals and commitments of the SGHLP panelists to boost ratification of the convention and promote decent work for domestic workers.

WIEGO brought a delegation of leaders affiliated with IDWF to participate in the event, including IDWF Latin America Regional Coordinator Marcelina Bautista, President of IDWF Chile affiliate FESINTRACAP Ruth Solar Olate Moreno and Gender Secretary of Costa Rica IDWF affiliate ASTRODOMES Maria del Carmen Cruz Martinez. In addition, WIEGO Project Officer Edith Anampa presented on the Domestic Workers Benefits Campaign recently launched in the San Borja district of Lima, Peru as a good practice.

Each time that you want to create public policies there has to be a dialogue with organizations of domestic workers. Remember the ILO creation of C189 that we - organizations of domestic workers - worked on. Not one law without us! - Marcelina Bautista (IDWF)

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Latin America Regional Consultation: 14 July 2016, San Jose, Costa Rica

A delegation from WIEGO participated in the Latin America Regional Consultation of the SGHLP. The consultation brought together stakeholders from across the region to discuss concrete and scaleable examples of sucess in the area of women's economic empowerment.

The WIEGO delegation consisted of: WIEGO Law Programme Coordinator for Latin America Tania Espinosa, Executive Director for the Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá (ARB) Nohra Padilla, SINTRACOPEA (Costa Rica StreetNet affiliate) representative Kattia Barquero Rojas, Edith Anampa, Marcelina Bautista, Ruth Solar Moreno, and WIEGO Writer and Research Assistant Jenna Harvey. Renana Jhabvala and Martha Chen also attended. Martha Chen and Tania Espinosa were both invited to speak on panels on WIEGO's approach to women's economic empowerment and work in the region. Edith Anampa, Tania Espinosa and Jenna Harvey led a break out session on informal work. The WIEGO delegation made several interventions during an open-floor session with President Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica.

Martha Chen speaks on WIEGO's approach to women's economic empowerment during the Latin America Regional Consultation