Not a minute more: Time to Protect the Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers - A Check List and Policy Tool Kit to Protect the Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers

What: 
Call to provide information
Date Added: 
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Organization: 

Countries

  • Jamaica
  • Ghana
  • Philippines
  • Turkey

Implementing organizations

Government ministries and departments responsible for formulating and implementing labour and social protections and migration policy for migrant domestic workers.

Other Partners

  • International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN)and other interested CSOs
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
Basics: 

Type of Call for Action
This initiative will launch and feature the GFMD checklist as a tool for governments to formulate and implement legal and social protections for domestic workers, as a Migration and development practice. There will be a "call for action" for governments to identify which provisions in the checklist are already being implemented in their countries. With the help of partner agencies, responses can be collected and we can then develop an analytical inventory of protection initiatives by GFMD governments. This will (a) help bring more evidence into future discussions and (b) inform the development of a migration and development policy tool kit that guides action to protect domestic workers

Target Group
Government ministries and departments responsible for formulating and implementing labour and social protections and migration Policy governing migrant domestic workers and CSOs working on the same issue.

GFMD Thematic Areas
Gender, Family and Children | Labour, Temporary and Circular Migration | Protection, Rights and Empowerment

Tags
Policy Coherence

Links GFMD
GFMD 2010 in Mexico and the Global thematic workshops in Jamaica and Ghana, under the Swiss Chair in Office GFMD 2011 fore grounded the issue of migrant domestic workers at the interface of migration and development. These GFMD Round Tables and meetings highlighted (a) the key concerns of migrant domestic workers at all stages of migration; (b) good practices related to legal coverage and enforcement, front line services and social protection; asset accumulation in line with key international standards, including the ILO Convention and CEDAW; (c) the way forward.

Among the key results emanating from the GFMD global thematic workshops of GFMD 2011 in Jamaica and Ghana were: (a) an agreed checklist which is a tool for governments to formulate and implement legal and social protections for migrant domestic workers, based on ILO Convention 189 concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, 2011, the CEDAW and its General Recommendation No.26 on Women Migrant Workers, 2008 etc (b) the launch of a Caribbean-wide network of CSOs that would work with governments to introduce legal and social protections for domestic workers.

Round Table 3.3 in Mauritius focuses on Protecting the Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers: Enhancing their Development Potential. It emphasizes ratifying the ILO Convention and implementing legal and social protections for domestic workers in line with international human rights standards and existing good practice aligned with these standards.

Thematic areas: 
  • Labour migration and mobility
  • Rights of migrants
Description: 

The agreed checklist that emanated from the global thematic workshops of GFMD 2011 in Jamaica and Ghana will be launched by the governments of Jamaica, Ghana and others at GFMD 2012 in Mauritius as a Migration and Development practice. The launching governments will initiate a "call for action" for governments to identify which provisions in the checklist are already being implemented in their countries and send in these good practices to UN Women. With the help of partner agencies, responses will be collected and an analytical inventory of protection initiatives by GFMD governments developed. This will (a) help bring more evidence into future discussions and (b) inform the development of a migration and development policy tool kit that guides action to protect domestic workers.

Deadline: 
March 2013
More Information: 

Supporting documents/ materials

Contact Information: 

Ms. Freckleton Toni-Shae
Manager, Population Unit
Planning Institute
Jamaica

Tel: 1-876-935-5183
Mobile: 1-876-455-0391 Fax: 1-876-906-5031
toni2602@gmail.com; toni-shae_freckleton@pioj.gov.jm
Ms. Jean D’Cunha
Advisor
Employment and Migration, UN Women

Tel: 1-212-600-1439
jean.dcunha@unwomen.org

For: 
Government ministries and departments responsible for formulating and implementing labour and social protections and migration Policy governing migrant domestic workers and CSOs working on the same issue.
By: 
Jamaica, Ghana, Philippines, Turkey and others
Tags: 
  • Policy Coherence