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.
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.
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
European Parliament adopts a resolution on the proposed ILO Convention and Recommendation on domestic workers
11 May 2011
The European Parliament held a discussion on domestic work on 11 May 2011 and adopted a resolution on the Proposed ILO Convention and Recommendation on domestic workers on 12 May 2011. The text of the resolution is available at the European Parliament’s website.
18 June 2010
The June 2010 session of the International Labour Conference held a first discussion on a new international labour standard for domestic workers. ILO TV interviews Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO's Conditions of Work and Employment Programme about the need to protect the working rights of domestic workers. Delegates will vote on this new labour standard at the 100th International Labour Conference in June 2011.
31 May 2010
Domestic work employs millions of workers, mostly women, around the world. The June 2010 session of the International Labour Conference will hold a first discussion on a new international labour standard for a domestic workforce that is growing worldwide. ILO Online spoke with Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO’s Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, about working conditions of domestic workers, and how they can be improved.