Rights for Domestic Workers: Campaign launched by United Nations Country Team in India
To coincide with the World Day on Social Justice (20 February) an advocacy and communication campaign on the above theme was carried out during February 2014
|When:||1 February – 2 March 2014|
|Where:||New Delhi, India|
The United Nations System in India undertake an advocacy and communication campaign on a specific theme every month. In this series, during the month of February 2014 an advocacy and communication campaign focussing on the theme of “RIGHTS FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS” to coincide with the World Day for Social Justice (20 February) is being organized. The objective of this campaign is to stimulate public debate on the rights and equality issues of domestic workers including, safety, working conditions, wages, social protection, employer’s expectations and employer-employee relationships with a view to collectively promote decent work for domestic workers.
As part of this campaign various events organized. These include:
(a) a Panel Discussion on the on ‘Work like any other? Accounting for domestic work in India’ was organized on 19 February 2014 at the Press Club of India. The speakers included- Bharti Birla, National Project Coordinator, ILO; Neetha Pillai, Professor, Centre for Women’s Development Studies; Amarjit Kaur, National Secretary, All India Trade Union Congress; Maxima Ekka, Domestic Workers Forum; Brother Verghese Theckanath; Convenor, Domestic Workers’ Forum of India, and National Platform for comprehensive legislation for Domestic Workers, Hyderabad.
(b) a television interview by Mr. Sher Verick, Senior Specialist on Employment with the ILO’s Decent Work Team for South Asia, New Delhi on employment and labour issues which was telecast by Lok Sabha TV.
(c) Short interviews by various stakeholders listed below were posted in the United Nations in India website:
- Decent Work for Domestic Workers – Oscar Fernandes, Minister for Labour and Employment, Government of India
- United Nations Public Lecture by Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
- Highlights from Panel Discussion on Domestic Work in India
- Eliminating Low Social Valuation of Domestic Workers – Reiko Tsushima, Senior Gender Specialist, International Labour Organization, DWT/CO, New Delhi
- Unionizing Domestic Workers – Amarjit Kaur, National Secretary, All India Trade Union Congress, New Delhi
- Decent Work for Domestic Workers: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead – Amelita King-Dejardin, Chief Technical Adviser (Domestic Workers), International Labour Organization, Geneva
- Protecting Migrant Domestic Workers – Father Chetan Chandran, National Domestic Workers Forum, Jharkhand
- Equality at Work: Tackling the Challenges – Sister Jeanne Devos, Founder, National Domestic Workers Forum
- Domestic Workers Victims of Gender Hegemony – Wahida Nizam, All India Trade Union Congress, Chennai
- Understanding domestic work – Tine Staermose, Director ILO DWT for South Asia and Country Office for India, New Delhi
- World Day of Social Justice – Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, Geneva
(d) Information materials such as brochure and press-brief were produced, complied and disseminated; an opinion editorial was published on the issue of domestic workers – to view please click here.
To conclude the campaign on the theme, a public lecture Public Lecture on “The Invisible Workers : Rights, Justice and Dignity for Domestic Workers” will be delivered by Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi was organized on 1 March 2014 and participated by over 700 people. .
For more information on this event and other events related to this advocacy and communication campaign are available at the United Nations in India.