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June 11, 2019: Madagascar ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention!

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Women, girls, and men leave their homes every day to find jobs as domestic workers in the cities of your country.

But when they show up for their first day of work, some find out they’ve been deceived. Locked inside the homes of strangers — no contact with their families, and often beaten and sexually abused — they are caught in the nightmare of modern slavery.

For the first time ever, there’s a global standard to protect domestic workers. It’s called Convention 189.1 28 key countries have already signed on2 and momentum is growing for an international surge of support. If your country ratifies now it can push other countries to take action.

Call on the Government of your country to ratify Convention 189 immediately and help end domestic slavery.

Around the world, there are at least 67.1 million domestic workers – millions of them children. Women make up 81% of national domestic workers and 73% of migrant domestic workers3 If all domestic workers worked in one country, this country would be the tenth largest employer worldwide.

Domestic work is an important source of employment but the people behind these numbers are too often invisible behind the doors of private households and unprotected by national legislation. This allows for the worst types of abuse often amounting to modern slavery.

Tougher rules to protect domestic workers are long overdue. By sending a message to the Government of your country today you can help start a domino effect until all countries take action.

29 countries have already taken this step – will yours be next?

Countries that have ratified (as of April 2019):

Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay

  • June 11, 2019: Madagascar ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention!

  • April 4, 2019: Sweden brings the total number of country ratifications to 28! Add your name to urge your government to join them!

  • November 26, 2018: Peru becomes the 27th country to ratify C189!

  • November 12, 2018: Grenada becomes the 26th country to ratify C189!

  • January 31, 2018: Brazil becomes the 25th country to ratify Convention 189!

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Arnulfo Arteaga García
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Arnulfo Arteaga García

Because is a common battle, we most fight TOGHETER!

Rajendra Srivastava
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Rajendra Srivastava

Inimical societal attitudes toward the underprivileged must change. Domestic helpers are regarded as servants. Children are taken as domestic helpers and deprived of education and health care. The affluent and educated want the poor and marginalized to remain in subjugation. Poverty and illiteracy must be tackled with every possible mean.

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No dia em que os homens evoluírem e se tornarem mais inteligentes, aprenderemos a cuidar do nosso próximo. O ‘amai-vos uns aos outros” ainda é uma frase benemerente e não uma equação de inteligência. Quando aprendermos a cuidar dos outros teremos 7 bilhões de pessoas cuidando de nós mesmos!

FERNANDO C OLIVERA
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FERNANDO C OLIVERA

WHY IS THE US NOT TAKEN ACTION YET ?

Charles M. Winchester
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Charles M. Winchester

Seriously? The US is always one of the last to sign on to human rights issues if it signs at all. It is also found if not directly respinsible for human rights abuses then certainly working with and financing those who abuse.

FERNANDO C OLIVERA
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FERNANDO C OLIVERA

WHY IS THE US. NOT TAKEN ACTION YET ?

Charles Wright
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Charles Wright

as long as Republicans are in control, especially Mitch McConnell, he vowed to be the “grim reaper” of the Senate, he will NOT bring anything we passed up for a vote…

Call on your country to ratify C189 to help end domestic slavery

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Dear Labor Minister,

I believe domestic workers should enjoy the same protections as other workers and no longer be the invisible labour behind the doors of private households and unprotected by national legislation. This allows for the worst types of abuse often amounting to modern slavery.

I call on my Government to take a stand for domestic workers and ratify the Domestic Workers Convention 189 immediately.

Yours sincerely,

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