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Global Network Africa Case Studies: Towards the Ratification of ILO Convention 189 in Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe


Domestic work – providing care and cleaning to families and households - is an important occupation and source of revenue for millions of people around the world. A majority of those domestic workers are women and migrant workers. With their services, these domestic workers - often invisible, denied of their fundamental rights and without social protection coverage - provide a considerable contribution to wealth and well-being.

 

On 16 June 2011, an international standard finally recognised domestic workers as workers with the same rights as all other workers (ILO Convention No 189). Since then, 8 countries have ratified the Convention:  Bolivia, Italy, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Uruguay and South Africa.

On the occasion of the second anniversary of ILO Convention 189, which will enter into force on 5 September 2013, SOLIDAR and the Global Network are launching four case studies on the ratification process going on in four African countries (Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

With these cases, we want to remind each and every government of their commitment to make decent work for domestic workers a reality by ratifying and the implementing ILO Convention 189.

Read the case studiesDecent Work for Domestic Workers: Towards the Ratification of ILO Convention 189 in Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe”.