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

Help end domestic slavery

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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

Jun 11, 2014 Campaign Launches

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Paulette Harvey
Paulette Harvey

43 million slaves to date, never before has slavery been so easy to do and so cheaply, in olden day slavery the victim was worth a tidy sum and treated as wealth, today a slaver can buy a child for the price if a meal and dispose of him or her just as easily if he or she perishes just replace with another by a phone call.


The medieval barbarian regime in Oman was put in place by Britain and sustained both by Britain and the US – What a shame that we claim to be modern and progressives and sustain such regimes. Other exaples are Saudi, UAE and Kuwait

Arnulfo Arteaga García
Arnulfo Arteaga García

Because is a common battle, we most fight TOGHETER!

Rajendra Srivastava
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.

Zelly Kurtlen
Zelly Kurtlen

The woman who care for our Mom was paid about $3 bucks an hour. She was a live in. It was illegal for us to pay her more. We said EFF THAT! We paid her plenty $$$.
Mom need insulin. The “ nurse” filled 10 needles of said medicine. 8 were wildly off. That’’s an 80% failure rate. Finally got that B fired.


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!

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

80,081 actions of 100,000 goal

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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