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Theme: Informal Economy
Program(s): Organization & Representation
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
United States US Domestic and Home Care Workers Show How to Make Social Change Happen The Guardian . (16 December 2014)
By O'Hara, Mary.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance has made huge gains for the low paid, excluded from employment protections – and its vision could inspire others.

United States MacArthur fellow Ai-jen Poo on why she fights for the rights of domestic workers Washington Post . (18 September 2014)
By Weiner, Joann.

Ai-jen Poo, Advocate of Domestic Workers, earns MacArthur awardAccording to the MacArthur Foundation, Poo’s “compelling vision of the value of home-based care work is transforming the landscape of working conditions and labor standards for domestic or private-household workers.”

Note: Ai-jen Poo is co-founder and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (U.S.). The National Domestic Workers Alliance is a founding member of the recently formed International Domestic Workers Federation.


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A Capstone in a Career Spent Fighting for the Rights of Domestic Workers

(New York Times, 21 Sept. 2014)

By Tortora, Jackie.

Domestic Workers Receive Meany-Kirkland Human Rights AwardIn recognition of its incredible achievements and the outstanding work this young organization continues to do, the AFL-CIO Executive Council named the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) the recipients of the 2013 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award earlier this year.


The award was presented by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today at the AFL-CIO Convention to a chorus of domestic workers who entered the hall singing, following a moving video of their campaign.


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Governments Should Ratify Domestic Workers Treaty Human Rights Watch . (11 June 2013)

Training Center in Phnom Penh for domestic workersPress Release, Human Rights Watch: World Day Against Child Labor Highlights Exploitation in Domestic Work


Governments should mark June 12, 2013, the World Day against Child Labor, by strengthening legal protections for the 15.5 million child domestic workers worldwide, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention, which has specific provisions for children, including on education and protection from violence.

Germany What Now After Germany's Ratification of C189? Equal Times . (7 June 2013)
By Bianca Kuhl, Sabine Alker.

Two years after the International Labour Organisation adopted Convention 189 on the rights of domestic workers, Germany today became the ninth country to ratify it. As well as being only the second country in Europe to ratify C189, this was also one of the fastest ratification processes in German history.

Paraguay Paraguay Ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention International Labour Organization . (7 May 2013)
By ILO, .

On 7 May 2013, the Government of Paraguay deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). Paraguay is the seventh ILO member State and the third Latin American member State to ratify this instrument which, in accordance with its Article 21, paragraph 2 of the Convention, will enter into force on 5 September 2013, twelve months after the date on which it was ratified by two ILO member States.

United States Nat'l Group Praises Hawaii on Domestic Workers AP News . (1 May 2013)

Hawaii would be the second state after New York with protections on wages and other issues if Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs the bill. The director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance said the bill is part of a growing push to pass similar bills in other states.

Philippines Aquino Signs ILO Convention to Protect Domestic Workers' Rights InterAksyon . (31 May 2012)
By Uy, Veronica.

President Benigno Aquino III has signed the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, while the House of Representatives passed on second reading the Kasambahay Bill or the National Domestic Workers Bill.

United States Policy Matters: The Informal Economy Harvard Kennedy School News . (17 May 2012)
By Megias, Mari.

On a tour of a slum settlement in Ahmedabad City, India, Martha “Marty” Chen paused when she noticed a woman hunched over a neat row of little pill bottles.

Netherlands Domestic Workers in the Netherlands on Strike FNV . (18 January 2012)

Domestic workers in the Netherlands have joined the national cleaners industry association in their strike action. While domestic workers who work under agencies are part of the same collective agreement as the cleaners, the majority of Dutch domestic workers are privately employed and are not covered. All domestic workers, however, are part of this action.