Protecting Migrant Domestic Workers

ilo-migrant-domestic-workers-coverThis report is published by the International Labor Organization (ILO) through its Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and Their Families.

From the Summary: Worldwide, an estimated 67 million people over the age of 15 are domestic workers. Of those, 83 per cent are women. Among the world’s domestic workers, many millions have migrated from their homes to another country for work. Due to the fact that domestic work is carried out in the employer’s house and to the nature of the tasks performed, it is often associated with women’s unpaid work. Most domestic work remains informal, performed outside of labour and social protection regulations. Non-compliance is decreasing but still high. Domestic work remains one of the least protected sectors under national labour laws and it suffers from particularly poor monitoring and implementation of existing laws.1 Migrant domestic workers (MDWs) are even less protected by the law. Migrant domestic workers are vulnerable to human rights abuses, due to inequalities determined by gender, race, ethnicity, national origin and social status.

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