Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

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

Domestic Workers rally sign C189

2019

Madagascar

2018

Brazil
Grenada
Peru
Sweden

2017

Guinea

2016

Jamaica

2015

Belgium
Chile
Dominican Republic
Finland
Panama
Portugal

2014

Argentina 
Colombia
Costa Rica
Ireland
Switzerland

2013

Bolivia 
Ecuador
Germany
Guyana 
Italy 
Nicaragua
Paraguay 
South Africa

2012

Mauritius
Philippines 
Uruguay

*Countries marked with an asterisk have ratified the Convention only through their national legislatures; all other countries listed have completed the ratification process with the International Labour Office (in the year indicated).

Visit the ILO website to see further details on  countries with C189 ratification.

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2012

Uruguay

14 June, 2012
One year on, Uruguay is first to ratify ILO domestic work Convention

Video:  Uruguay takes the lead

Philippines

5 Sept, 2012
Philippines is second member State to ratify C189
January 2013
A new law was enacted protecting domestic workers in the Philippines (pdf).

Video:  Two Filipino maids express hopes for improved working conditions.

Mauritius

13 Sept, 2012
Ratification of C189 in Mauritius, where recently about 50,000 domestic workers saw their access to a pension funds improved

 

2013

Nicaragua

10 Jan, 2013
Nicaragua ratificó el Convenio 189 (Español)

Italy

22 Jan, 2013
First EU member State to ratify C189

Bolivia

15 Apr, 2013
Second Latin American member State to ratify C189

Video:  Bolivia ratifica el Convenio 189

Paraguay

7 May, 2013
Paraguay ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

 

Germany

What Now After Germany's Ratification of C189?

 

South Africa

 

Dominican Republic

 

 

2014

Argentina

Argentina Ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

 

Colombia

 

2018

Brazil

Convention No. 189 on Domestic Workers Ratified by Brazil

 

Other Countries

Momentum sparked by the campaign for C189 has generated reform of laws protecting domestic workers:

* Countries marked with an asterisk have ratified the Convention only through their national legislatures; countries without an asterisk have completed the ratification process with the International Labour Office (in the year indicated).

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