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Domestic Workers Have a Convention!

Mohammed Sameer's Friends' Facebook Notes - Wed, 08/06/2011 - 9:43am

Dear Friends,


Domestic Workers Have a Convention!


On Day 15 of the deliberations, June 7th, at 9:15pm, the ILO adopted a 

long-awaited Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. This is 

a significant milestone in a 56-year long struggle for the rights of 

one of the most vulnerable groups of workers in the modern world of 



As the Chair’s gavel came down to close the session, the workers’ 

section erupted into impromptu singing, clapping, and dancing in 

celebration of this landmark event that will change the lives of so 

many domestic workers.


This moment is significant: workers in the informal sector have been 

brought into the formal sector for the first time. This represents a 

ray of hope for others working in the informal sector, that someday 

their rights will be protected as well.


The triumph surrounding the Convention’s adoption also comes with the 

realization that the reason for this convention is the harsh reality 

that exists for many domestic workers throughout the world, who suffer 

grave abuses on a daily basis. As we celebrate this moment, we must 

not lose sight of the fact that there is a long road ahead to ensure 

that these rights, now enshrined in Convention form, must be protected 

and strengthened.


Courage, Peace and Power in a life full of meaning,


William Gois



Migrant Forum in Asia

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