|Amelita King-Dejardin, ILO expert on Domestic Workers|
Domestic work is essential for the smooth running of not only households but also labour markets. It secures care for our children and our homes, allowing our doctors, teachers, lawyers and millions of others to, in turn, go to work.
Last year, the adoption of a new international labour standard on domestic work (ILO Convention No. 189 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201) marked a milestone on the path to the realization of decent work for domestic workers. Under the convention, domestic work is internationally recognized as work, and domestic workers as deserving the same legal protection as workers generally.
The new standard establishes that domestic workers should be entitled to social security and a minimum wage (where the latter applies to workers in the formal economy), fair terms of employment, and effective protection against all forms of abuse, harassment and violence.
Send your questions on Domestic Workers to ILO's Amelita King-Dejardin, she will answer you on Monday 14 January 2012 at 15:00 Geneva time (14:00 GMT) on Twitter (@ILO) hashtag #ILO2013.