News and articles on domestic work

  1. Press release

    100th ILO annual Conference decides to bring an estimated 53 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide under the realm of labour standards

    16 June 2011

    The government, worker and employer delegates at the 100th annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Thursday, 16 June adopted a historic set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

  2. Video News Release

    Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

    16 June 2011

    According to the ILO, many countries still don’t recognize domestic work as “work”, denying millions of people labour and social protection under the law. But that’s changing in the United States, thanks to a dedicated group of women.

  3. Press release

    Swiss President says “There is a renewed sense of urgency for social justice” in speech to ILO annual conference

    15 June 2011

    Social justice and the role of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in international governance weres at the centre of the speech given on Wednesday by Ms. Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of the Swiss Confederation at the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC).

  4. Statement

    Statement by H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, at the 100th Session of International Labour Conference

    15 June 2011

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  5. Video

    UN Women's Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, addresses the Committee on Domestic Workers

    13 June 2011

    UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, addressed the Committee on Domestic Workers during the 100th International Labour Conference, saying that the issue of decent work for domestic workers - most of whom are women - was of particular concern to UN Women and its priority of promoting women's economic empowerment. She pledged her agency's support for the ILO towards creating an international standard for domestic workers.

  6. Press release

    UN Women and ILO join forces to promote women’s empowerment in the workplace

    13 June 2011

    The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) signed a wide-ranging Memorandum of Understanding with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Monday 13 June, on key issues including promoting gender equality, eliminating sex discrimination, protecting domestic workers, promoting social protection floors and combating gender-based violence at work.

  7. Article

    Recognition for India’s invisible workers

    30 May 2011

    Domestic workers play an important role in the economy and they allow others to go out and earn money. Yet they remain invisible, unprotected and their contribution is often not recognized. At the forthcoming International Labour Conference (in Geneva, 1-17 June) the ILO and its members will debate drafts that could lead to the first international instruments specifically designed to protect domestic workers. By Neelam Agnihotri, Communication & Information Officer, ILO Country Office for India