Bahrain News Agency | Meeting on domestic workers in Doha

There is an initiative for coordination among the GCC countries to improve the current mechanisms to recruit migrant domestic workers. The meeting will be held this Sunday in Qatar. Project 189 will be updating the recommendations that will be submitted to the Labour Ministries of the GCC countries. Bahrain News Agency | Bahrain to takeContinue reading “Bahrain News Agency | Meeting on domestic workers in Doha”

The domestic workers forced into modern slavery | Alastair Sloan | Society | The Guardian

Work towards a better life for domestic workers is also happening in the UK. All the support to J4DW on their endevours to end the visa laws that legally binds a domestic worker to their employer. The domestic workers forced into modern slavery | Alastair Sloan | Society | The Guardian.

Advances to protect the rights of domestic workers

On September 5th, 2013 the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (Convention 189) came into force. This groundbreaking step establishes tha basic global standards for domestic workers, who are mainly women and girls, and migrant. Since the adoption of Convention 189 there has been progressive movements of dozens of countries to ratify the ConventionContinue reading “Advances to protect the rights of domestic workers”

Nepal and Madagascar take the decision to stop sending domestic workers to Kuwait

According to local news, Nepal and Madagascar have imposed a ban to send domestic workers to Kuwait. Many women working as maids in the Middle East are being exploited with little redress. In many instances their own government has advised them to stay and find work in their home country for the fear of abuse.Continue reading “Nepal and Madagascar take the decision to stop sending domestic workers to Kuwait”

Shedding light on the “invisible workforce”

September 5th, 2013 has become a day to celebrate! It has marked an important step to a social movement making a difference to more than 50 million people, most of them women. Convention 189, Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers has come into force. Finally there is some shed of light to the millionsContinue reading “Shedding light on the “invisible workforce””

Saving Dolma, documenting the lives of many domestic workers – directed by Kesang Tseten

“The film follows the thread of Dolma, sentenced to death for killing a Filipino co-domestic in Kuwait, presenting the multiple responses to this event, the upheaval and fractures of the family, the women’s advocacy group, Nepali society and officialdom.”

Saudi Arabia recognizes domestic abuse as a crime

Saudi Arabia has passed a law criminalizing domestic abuse. Prior to this law, domestic abuse was not treated as a crime and it was subject to the individual interpretation of Sharia Law. This new law criminalizing domestic abuse, also covers domestic abuse for domestic workers, who are often victims of abuse by their employers. Despite thisContinue reading “Saudi Arabia recognizes domestic abuse as a crime”

Decent work for domestic workers – Convention 189

Convention 189, also known as the Domestic Workers Convention, is to come into effect this September 5th, 2013. It is the first convention of its kind, providing basic global standards to protect domestic workers. There are millions of women and girls employed in domestic work, hired to clean, cook, take care of the children andContinue reading “Decent work for domestic workers – Convention 189”