[ View the story "Demanding decent work" on Storify] Demanding decent work Could Latin America be a model for improving domestic workers' rights?
The Stream· Tue, Nov 19 2013 10:44:47
Human Rights Watch
, Convention 189 (C189) will set global standards for 50 million domestic workers worldwide. The highest concentration of domestic workers in the world is in Latin American countries.
The map below shows the 11 countries that have
C189. Uruguay was the first state to
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According to the
International Labour Organization
, C189 will provide basic employment rights similar to other workers. The
Human Rights Watch
shows Latin American countries that have that have extended national labour protections. Some of the changes implemented include limited work hours, overtime pay and a minimum wage.
The majority of domestic workers worldwide are women or girls as young as 15. In Latin America and the Caribbean, one in every four women is a domestic worker - one of the
of domestic employment in the world.
In Brazil, a constitutional amendment to improve working conditions was passed earlier in 2013. According to the International Labour Organization, Brazil has an estimated
household workers. Under the
, they will have an eight-hour shift and receive overtime pay.
The isolation of domestic workers in private households makes these laws harder to enforce and puts them at a higher risk of marginalisation and abuse .
@AJStream You can't really 'ensure' it. People's homes are a private setting, so there are fewer eyes and ears to see and report things.Elizabeth Rodriguez
@raisazaidi violence to domestic worker is confined inside home itself. it can't be seen from out. they are just a slave inside.Ozone Sandip Niroula
According to a report by
, millions of domestic workers in Latin America and the Caribbean are females who migrate regionally.
Domestic workers in Latin America are mostly immigrantstelesurenglish
The newly implemented C189 law for domestic workers in Latin America is a sign of growing change. According to Human Rights Watch, governments should
national laws into compliance with the Domestic Workers Convention.
@AJStream States shd share best practices & lessons learned in addressing the precarious wking conditions of slavery/servitude of d/workersalhaji hamidu chodi
The video below by Human Rights Watch highlights some of the struggles women endure in the domestic workforce around the world:
Dignity Overdue - Decent Work for Domestic Workershumanrightswatch
Check out The Stream's
about Latin America's domestic workers.