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Domestic Workers Count Too: Visibilising and Protecting Women Migrant Domestic Workers through Legal and Social Protections
Date: 08/03/2011 - 14:34
In collaboration with UN Women in New York and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) is pleased to present this e-discussion on “Domestic Workers Count Too: Visibilising and Protecting Women Migrant Domestic Workers through Legal and Social Protections”. This discussion is formally launched today on 8 March 2011 to celebrate International Women’s Day. Dr Jean D’Cunha, UN Women’s Global Migration Adviser, together with Maya Gurung, a domestic worker and member of Pourakhi (an organization of returnee women migrant workers in Nepal) guest launch the e-discussion.
Please access the background paper to this discussion here.
Worldwide, many migrant women and girls, especially from developing countries, are employed as domestic workers. Conservative estimates from the ILO suggest that there are at least 112 million domestic workers from twenty-nine countries in the world’s five regions – Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Europe. Despite its importance to development, domestic work is not considered formal employment because of its private nature and because it carries the low value of women’s unpaid care work, often perceived as innate to women’s nature and being. As a result, domestic workers are subject to a range of social and legal human rights violations.
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