Subject: Invitation to read paper at the National Workshop “Domestic Workers- Invisible, Abused and Exploited People of India” on 9th August, 2014 (10:00 A.M to 05:00 P.M) at Indian Law Institute, opposite Supreme Court of India, New Delhi- 110001.
Human Rights Defense International (HRDI) is an organization committed to the cause of exploited and marginalized sections of the society. In the past we have taken up the issues of “Forced Labour” “Indian Workers in Gulf” and “Witch Hunting in India” in association with International Labour Organization, National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Women.
This time HRDI is taking up the cause of Domestic Workers in India. Estimated to be more than 10 million, this invisible and unrecognized work force is oftenly trafficked or coerced into the trade by dire circumstances. For many it is a form of virtual slavery, as they are paid far below the minimum wage.
Domestic workers have become the silent slaves of the modern world. Exploited, working in inhumane conditions, treated like inferiors and in many cases, victims of their ignorance and social class.
Millions of maids working in middle class Indian homes are part of up an informal and “invisible” workforce where they are abused and exploited due to a lack of legislation to protect them. The lack of legislation and regulation of the domestic labour sector has led to exploitation, not just by employers but also by traffickers working for placement agencies that have mushroomed to service the demand for household help.
In order to address this delicate, complicated and unaddressed issue, HRDI is organizing National Workshop on the subject on 9th August, 2014 at Indian Law Institute.
The workshop would be attended by Human Rights activists and organisations, Judges, students, Lawyers, Journalists, Trade- Union Leaders, Academicians, Poets, Authors and Artists.
We are expecting representation and active participation of International Labour Organization, National Human Rights Commission, and National Commission for Woman. We are also expecting the representation of Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Child and Woman Welfare.
You are requested to attend the workshop, read your paper and contribute to this noble cause.
You may send your paper at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 1st August 2014.