Making decent work a reality for domestic workers worldwide:
Domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment and are among the most vulnerable groups of workers. They work for private households, often without clear terms of employment, unregistered in any book, and excluded from the scope of labour legislation. Currently there are at least 53 million domestic workers worldwide, not including child domestic workers, and this number is increasing steadily in developed and developing countries. 83% of domestic workers are women.
Deplorable working conditions, labour exploitation, and abuses of human rights are major problems facing domestic workers. The ILO undertakes to protect the rights of domestic workers, promote equality of opportunity and treatment, and improve working and living conditions. Its global strategy consists of strengthening national capacities and institutions including policy and legislative reforms; promoting the ratification and implementation of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) and Recommendation (No. 201); facilitating the organization of domestic workers and their employers; awareness-raising and advocacy; and development of knowledge base and policy tools.
Comment by Guy Ryder
KSFs take place at the regional or sub-regional level, bringing together governments, workers’ and employers’ representatives to share experiences, perspectives and good practices on selected policy themes relevant to the region. Knowledge acquired and shared at each forum contributes towards helping national constituents tackle important issues they face and develop policy tools appropriate to the specific characteristics of domestic work.