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The International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) gathered in Geneva at the IUF headquarters on May 30, in preparation for the 100th International Labour Conference, where the consideration of a Convention on domestic labor will be finalized.  In this second year of social dialogue on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, members of  IDWN  have increased their participation as voting representatives of their national delegations. The extensive lobbying and outreach efforts among domestic work and allied organizations over the course of the last year point to substantive increased government support for the established of a setting standards instrument for the sector.  The ILC opens on Wednesday June 1. Look to our blog for daily updates on the process.  VIVA domestic workers, VIVA!

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Members of IDWN took their message to the city of Geneva today, with solidarity from the Swiss Trade Union, Syndicat Interprofessionnel de Travailleuses et travailleurs (SIT). A patchwork apron containing 3500 prints from domestic workers throughout the world captured the message of global unity among women working in households

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throughout the world.  Sonu Danuwar, President, Nepal Independent Domestic Workers’ Union (NIDWU), President of the Asian Domestic Workers Network (ADWN)  and Vice Chair of the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) delivered an address on behalf of IDWN, which included her own experience as a domestic worker (click here for her speech) This week contains four public events intended to highlight the global urgency to assure rights for domestic workers and expand awareness beyond the ILC meetings.

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(Editor note: the following is a speech by Sonu Danuwar during the public Giant Apron event on 8 June in Geneva. The public event is organized by IDWN, SIT Union, MFA. click here to learn about the event)

My name is Sonu Danuwar. I am chairperson of Nepal Independent Domestic Workers Union. I am the vice-chairperson of IDWN, International Domestic Workers Network.

I started to work as child domestic worker when I was 7 years old. I worked in my village, in Dhulabari. I did washing, cleaning, child care and I went to jungle to collect the wood. (more…)

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HKCTU (Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions), new chair, Pun Tin Chi, on Radio Hong Kong 5 June 2010! He shares about HKCTU action and demand for an ILO Convention on domestic workers.
He shares also who are the domestic workers, their issue both in Hong Kong and in the world.
Young people are on the radio talk show.
You may click here to hear the programme in the following link: (in Cantonese only)

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June 8 flyer

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Director General Juan Somavia met with our delegation of 30 domestic workers and Marty Chen, Director of  Women in Informal Economy Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) [www.wiego.com]. Myrtle Witbooi, Chair of the IDWN, handed over the platform of demands generated by the International Domestic Workers Network. Director General Somavia also received gifts and a song from network members.

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