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U.R. Romano
World Day Against Child Labor- The Right Thing to Do

June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor and there will observances all over the world. It’s a day when the focus of the global community is on the 215 million children who have to work to survive. It’s a moment when we all recommit to the basic needs of poor children for food, healthcare, [...]

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Working in Other People’s Homes

This week at Media Voices, we celebrate the ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Labor by the Philippines, one of the primary sending countries for young women and girls working in other people’s homes as domestic servants. Uruguay was the first country to ratify; the Philippines is the second, and this ratification represents a [...]

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Many Indian Maids at Risk of Sexual Abuse

A short piece produced by Al Jazeera in 2011 on the risk of sexual abuse that domestic workers, particularly children, face in India.

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Uruguay takes the lead to protect domestic workers

Providing protection for the world’s millions of domestic workers has taken a major step forward. In April 2012, Uruguay became the first country to ratify ILO Convention 189, the landmark treaty guaranteeing domestic workers get the same core labour protections as other workers. Uruguay has long been a leader in protecting the rights of domestic workers, but ratifying the convention demanded a unique approach; a group of Uruguayan housewives were called on to represent the employers of domestic workers at the bargaining table.

Questions and Answers on the Hidden Reality of Children in Domestic Work

The recently approved ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201 on decent work for domestic workers aim to protect and improve working and living conditions of millions of workers worldwide, who have few – if any – labour rights. Many are children who spend long hours working as domestic helpers, performing tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, minding other children and gardening instead of being at school. ILO News spoke to ILO experts Martin Oelz (TRAVAIL) and José M. Ramírez (IPEC) on the current situation of child domestic workers and how the new Convention and Recommendation can help impact their lives.

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Maid in Lebanon

Every year thousands of Asian women leave their homes and families and become domestic workers in the Middle East. Carol Mansour’s excellent documentary produced for the International Labour Organization explores the struggles and experiences of these women, and the complicated relationships with their employers. This is part one of two. For the second half of the documentary (well worth the time), click here

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Haiti Country Profile

from the 2010 US Department of Labor’s Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

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Moving Beyond ‘Supply and Demand’ Catchphrases

This 2011 Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women report examines whether anti-trafficking initiatives to curb demand for commercial sex may actually end up creating a more favorable environment for trafficking of women and girls. GAATW suggests expanding the consideration of demand to include demands by migrant laborers for a safe and fair working environment.

Bravo! A Good Month for Children’s Rights

June 12th saw the annual observance of World Day Against Child Labor. When it comes to protecting children’s human rights, progress can seem painfully incremental and slow. But this year, there are many substantial efforts that merit our respect and admiration and get a BRAVO from Media Voices.

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Domestic Labor – Invisible No More

This week at Media Voices, Nick Grisewood, of the Global March to End Child Labor, has an update on the long-awaited ILO Convention on Domestic Work which seems likely to be adopted tomorrow. In New Instrument to Tackle Child Domestic Labour, Nick takes us through the social evolution that has brought a majority of countries [...]

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Trafficking: The Dark Side of Migration

The phenomenon of human trafficking for bonded labour rears its ugly head in many rural areas in Jharkhand. India Unheard Community Correspondent Mukesh Rajak investigates the issue in Madhupur, where he lives.

The UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights gives evidence that around 90% of bonded labourers are from communities designated as ‘untouchable’ and ‘indigenous’. Women from impoverished families are either sold by family members to middlemen, or, in the hope of making money in the big cities, voluntarily join ‘placement agencies’ who lure them into becoming house slaves.

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New Instrument to Tackle Child Domestic Labour

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is basically the UN agency for the world of work. One of its key functions is to establish acceptable and fair standards for work places in every different sector of the labour market. In doing so, it is the only UN agency that guarantees the involvement of the social partners [...]

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Struggling to Make a Living in Ethiopia

Food is scarce in Ethiopia, where most of the population lives in rural, drought-prone areas in a state of chronic poverty. In 2010, the Government of Ethiopia identified 5.2 million people in need of emergency food aid. Not surprisingly, this hunger crisis also impacts the thousands of refugees living just within Ethiopia’s borders.

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2010

Secretary Clinton (June 14, 2010): “The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe, including in the United States. The Report, for the first time, includes a ranking of the United States based on the same standards to which we hold other countries. The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it.”

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Some Thoughts on World Day Against Child Labor 2010

This week at Media Voices we join the world community in observance of World Day Against Child Labor, June 12th. With three decades of service at The International Labour Organization, Armand Pereira is uniquely qualified to provide an overview of the road traveled and the challenges ahead, if we are to meaningfully help working children, [...]

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Girl’s Work, or Dignity

Len and Georgia Morris are traveling to the child labor conference in the The Hague this week, so I’m doing the honors for the next two weeks while they’re gone. Monique DeJong has written a wonderful post this week, Proposed ILO Convention Could Protect Migrant Domestic Workers’ Rights. Domestic work is perceived as a relatively [...]

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Proposed ILO Convention Could Protect Migrant Domestic Workers’ Rights

“They tell us we don’t have rights and want us to beg at their feet. There are often day-to-day threats: ‘If you go out on the streets, they will kill you,’” said Antonia Pena, domestic worker and leader of Casa de Maryland, at a panel discussion last month at American University Washington College of Law. [...]

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Slow Reform

Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia and the Middle East (Human Rights Watch Report)

The Real Story of Cinderella: Children in Domestic Labor

All children are encouraged to lend a hand at home. But a new report from the International Labour Organization, or ILO, highlights the plight of the millions of youngsters who are exploited in domestic service. ILO TV tells the real story of Cinderella.

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Dignity Overdue: Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Millions of women and girls around the world turn to domestic work in order to provide for themselves and their families. Instead of guaranteeing their ability to work with dignity and free of violence, governments have systematically denied them key labor protections extended to other workers. Domestic workers, often making extraordinary sacrifices to support their families, are among the most exploited and abused workers in the world.
Produced by Human Rights Watch

Reid Maki
Something to Smile About

An email arrived yesterday from Kenya that brought a smile to my face.  It contained the details of the 20 students who will be supported this year by the Kenyan Education Fund, a project of Media Voices that provides direct assistance to poor children who have been removed from the worst forms of child labor.  [...]

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Domestic Child Labor – Part Two

Civil society and the media have also played a critical role in mobilizing action and in tracking government obligations to the ratified UN Convention on the Children’s Rights (1990) and the ILO Conventions 138 and 182 respectively on Minimum Working Age (1973) and the Worst Forms of Child Labor (1999).

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Domestic Child Labor-Overview on Brazil

Former director of the ILO for the United States, Armand Pereira, reviews recent developments in domestic child labor in Brazil

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Domestic child labor: An overview of Brazil’s recent experience

Child domestic work received little attention until the late 1990s. It remains highly neglected because of the relatively invisible nature of such work, the difficulty in getting good data within and across countries, lack of interest among policy-makers and legislators, limited law enforcement, etc.  In several countries, labor-related laws still do not address domestic work, [...]