News and articles on domestic work

  1. © Anwar Amro / AFP 2023

    Convention 189

    Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

    05 September 2013

    This historic ILO Convention gives domestic workers the same rights as other workers.

  2. © Sajjad Hussain / AFP 2023

    “Work in Freedom” Programme

    DFID, ILO to launch new initiative to tackle trafficking of women and girls

    10 July 2013

  3. News

    Declaration of the African Regional Domestic Workers Conference

    02 July 2013

    The Africa Domestic Workers Network (AfDWN) was launched at the African Regional Domestic Workers Conference held on 15-16 June 2013, at Community House in Cape Town. June 16th 2013, marked the second anniversary of the adoption of the ILO Convention 189 for Domestic Workers. The 16th June has also been declared the International Domestic Workers' Day.

  4. Labour standards

    South Africa ratifies four international labour Conventions

    21 June 2013

    The Government of the Republic of South Africa deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of four international labour Conventions, the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No.81), the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), and the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).

  5. 102nd International Labour Conference

    ILO and EU-Presidency welcome moves to ensure decent work for domestic workers

    18 June 2013

    Labour and social affair ministers from ten countries, the President of the EU Council, Richard Bruton, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, discuss ways to support ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

  6. © S.Sekhri / The Times Of India 2023

    World Day Against Child Labour 2013

    Ten million child labourers in domestic work

    12 June 2013

    To mark World Day Against Child Labour, the ILO publishes a report outlining the abuses suffered by millions of children working in family homes.

  7. World Day Against Child Labour

    Malawi: Finding solutions for child domestic workers

    12 June 2013

    Millions of children around the world, mainly girls, are working in households other than their own, doing domestic work such as cleaning, ironing, cooking and looking after other children and the elderly. According to a new report on domestic work from the International Labour Organization, it's estimated at least two-thirds of these children are working under the legal minimum wage, or in conditions that are hazardous. Often, the working relationship between the child and their employer is ambiguous at best, exploitative at worst. But solutions are possible, even in a place where using children as domestic workers is a long tradition.