Campaign Update:

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

Help end domestic slavery

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

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.

Leave a Reply

26 Comment threads
9 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
30 Comment authors
Mirta Lidia YantornoGalyaMizzyoAndrew (Andy) AlcockKaren Wallis-Smith Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Mirta Lidia Yantorno
Mirta Lidia Yantorno

Que bueno ,que se tome conciencia que hay que proteger a las personas que trabajan en casas de familia para que no se las esclavice.


That’s the reason I don’t travel to UAE. Behind a modern facade there is a medieval order. I refuse to support tourism in countries like this. And everyone should too.


What if you live in a country like that ..?


Haha, I lived 18 years in a country like that, and I also have my share of living and working like a slave.


So what was your point again? 🙂

Andrew (Andy) Alcock
Andrew (Andy) Alcock

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates have a history or treating foreign workers as slaves. people are allowed to enter the country, they are underpaid or not paid at all and are blocked from leaving. Many of the women are treated are treated as sex slaves as well. And the human rights for Saudi women are not good either. This inhumane violation of human rights should not be tolerated in the 21st century.

Karen Wallis-Smith
Karen Wallis-Smith

No amount of laws will change these people’s attitude. Only Middle East country to work in is Isreal. They are treated well and paid approximately there.

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.

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

Help us reach 100,000 actions

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,

Freedom United will protect your privacy while updating you on campaigns, news and stories about modern slavery.

Latest Activity

  • Joseph K.,
  • d k.,
  • Siona S.,
  • Calista H.,
  • Kenneth B.,
  • Dianne S.,
  • ccolinolin t.,
  • jos p.,
  • K R.,
  • Dakotah W.,