WIMN Launches Global Mapping Project on Gender & Migration

Women in Migration Network (WIMN) is partnering with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) to map organizations and experts addressing the intersection of gender and migration through research, advocacy and mobilization. (Abajo, un mensaje en español)

At this critical time for migration — especially in the throes of the global pandemic, this initiative will help to identify key organizations and leaders addressing the rights of women in migration at the local, national, regional and global levels. Importantly, the survey will also help to name allies within other sectors — such as labor, climate change, women’s rights, LGTBIQ rights — with whom to build cross-sectoral alliances. The survey aims to assess how these organizations are responding to the current Covid-19, and how the lives of women in migration are impacted by the pandemic.

The project will map organizations and experts by region (divided into the Americas; Europe; Africa- MENA, Asia and the Pacific), laying the basis for future regional and global organizing within the context of migration governance, women’s rights movement, labor organizing and in other relevant sites of intervention. 

The survey, available in English and in Spanish, will also assess organizations’ practical and strategic needs and priorities. Finally, drawing from the results of the survey and a series of in-depth interviews with key regional stakeholders, the project will produce a report on regional trends and actors on gender and migration.

Organizations wishing to participate in the survey can go to these links:

In English: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/S29MQ6P

En español: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/QTVWK39

Thank you for your participation in this project!

If you have any further questions about this project, please contact project coordinator Paola Cyment pcyment@womeninmigration.org

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Mensaje en español:

Una invitación para Participar en el Proyecto de Mapeo Global:

Organizaciones Trabajando por las Mujeres en la Migración

Estamos solicitando tu colaboración para completar esta encuesta ¡No va a tomarte más de 10 minutos! Tu colaboración contribuirá a compilar un Mapeo Global sobre Género y Migración y a conocer cómo las mujeres en la migración están siendo impactadas por el COVID-19.

Por favor, haga click aquí para participar de la encuesta.

Esta es una iniciativa conjunta de la Red de Mujeres en la Migración (WIMN) y la Fundación Ebert Stiftung para mapear organizaciones y expertas que trabajan la temática de género y migración a través de la investigación, la incidencia y la movilización. 

¡Nuestras más sinceras gracias por tu colaboración!

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.

You can download the entire report here.

Click here to see more information on the Global Action Programme and to view other reports.

Progress for Domestic Workers, But More Needed

In the five years since the International Labour Organization adopted Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, governments in nearly 50 countries have updated their legislation to provide better employment protection for domestic workers, and 22 countries have already ratified the Convention.

An estimated 15 million workers now have improved rights and protections at work, included the right to at least one day off per week, doubling or even tripling of the applicable minimum wage as well as access to social protection. Dozens of new unions for domestic workers have been formed since 2011, with a total membership of some 100,000.

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said: “The success of the campaign for domestic workers’ rights so far has been founded on an effective combination of organising and mobilising with action to achieve legislative change and the setting of the new global standard at the ILO. There remains much to be done, but the power of domestic workers is here to stay.”

Madagascar, Senegal and Spain are expected to join the list of countries which have ratified the ILO Convention, with Oman planning to extend rights and protections. Similar steps are expected in Bahrain, a country not usually noted for respecting workers’ rights. Draft domestic workers’ laws have been developed in India and Indonesia, and alliances of domestic workers, their unions and other allies are pressing for adoption of these laws by 2018.

The ITUC’s 12 + 12 campaign and the International Domestic Workers’ Federation have been driving forces for the campaign internationally, with national coalitions pushing successfully for legal reform and the organisation of domestic workers.

“There are over 67 million domestic workers in the world, the vast majority of them women. More than 11 million are migrant workers. Outside the official figures, some 17 million children are believed to be trapped in domestic work, many in conditions of forced labour. Clearly there is a huge amount to do, but we are now working from solid foundations, with domestic workers themselves increasingly taking the lead. We call upon all governments to ratify ILO Convention 189, and to bring in the legal and other protections that these workers need and deserve,” said Burrow.

See the Domestic Workers’ page

For more information, see the ITUC/IDWF/ILO publication “Domestic Workers Unite

Article from International Trade Union Confederation