CONFERENCE AND CONSULTATION: Strengthening the capacity of and social protection for domestic workers
When: 3-4 June 2011 (Friday and Saturday), 9h-17h
Where: La Maison des Association, Rue du Vieux-Billard 8, Geneva, Switzerland
Tram 13 and 15, Stop: Place du Cirque
Decent Work for Domestic Workers
When: 7 June 2011 (Tuesday), 13-15h
Where: Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (room to be determined)
The concept of Decent Work has transcended the labor rights debate and become a mainstream goal of the United Nations. Yet, there are groups for whom decent work remains a distant aspiration. Precarious work situations are indicative for employment of migrant workers and domestic workers; additionally a clear gender gap is apparent. This results in a multiple discrimination of migrant domestic workers, most of whom are women. Using the coincidence of the sessions of the Human Rights Council and the International Labour Conference, this event stresses the importance of using tools developed by both systems and feel out what impact the international agreements can have on the situation of domestic workers.
Gathering: Poster exhibits, stands and booths in support of the ILO DW 2011
When: 7 June 2011 (Tuesday), 18h30-20h
Where: Maison des Associations, Rue du Vieux-Billard 8, Geneva, Switzerland
Activities include panel discussion organized by Syndicat interprofessionnel travailleuses et travailleurs (SIT) and women/migrant groups in Geneva and informal gathering with local domestic workers and their organizations.
Day of Action
When: 14 June 2011, all day
Where: Gare Cornavin, Geneva, Switzerland
The day will begin at 7h30 in a gathering at Gare Cornavin with activists, advocates and supporters of the ILO DW 2011. At 17h30, a march will be held starting from the train station to Parc de Bastion.
Myths and Realities About Domestic Workers
This document sets out the key arguments they use against agreeing to a strong set of standards, and our replies to them. Our hope is that this will help win more supporters, especially at the International Labour Conference in June 2011, when the draft Convention and Recommendation will be debated in-depth again – and hopefully adopted.
Read the document in full here.
Statement: It's Time for Decent Work for Domestic Workers!
Read the statement in full: It's Time for Decent Work for Domestic Workers!
Domestic Worker Stories from Around the World
These come from the personal stories of 80 domestic workers who worked in countries around the world. They were compiled by the National Employment Law Project and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (USA).
Read the stories here .
Stories for Decent Work for Domestic Workers
In preparation for negotiations for the ILO Convention and Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers we ask your help to collect testimonies related to the most controversial areas that show the reality and necessity of domestic workers. Attached is a worksheet to assist in the collection of testimonies. Also, if you already have collected stories that address these issues you can send them in whatever format you have them. The important thing is to collect evidence about the need for standards in these areas.
Please send the stories as soon as possible and preferably before April 10 to be useful in the consultation with the workers group that will take place in mid-April.
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