World Day Against Child Labour 2013: Child domestic workers to present “The Broken Pearl behind the Mop”

The ILO estimates that there are 2.6 million domestic workers in Indonesia, of which 26 per cent are children under the age of 18 years old. The great majority of domestic workers are female, around 90 per cent, with low educational levels mainly coming from poor families in rural communities.

Press release | Jakarta, Indonesia | 17 June 2013

JAKARTA (ILO News): The ILO estimates that there are 2.6 million domestic workers in Indonesia, of which 26 per cent are children under the age of 18 years old. The great majority of domestic workers are female, around 90 per cent, with low educational levels mainly coming from poor families in rural communities.

Despite of the importance of the role of domestic workers, domestic work is still not recognized as work. Since their work is done in private households, which are not considered work places in many countries, their employment relationship is not addressed in national labour laws or other legislation, denying them recognition as workers entitled to labour protection.

A new publication of the ILO titled “Eliminating Child Labour in Indonesia: 20 Years of Support” will be launched, capturing some mile-stones and actions taken by the ILO and its partners in tackling child labour in Indonesia since the year of 1992.
Organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Mitra Imadei, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Indonesia, child domestic workers will present a theatrical performance titled “The Broken Pearl behind the Mop” on 18 June 2013, at Erasmus Huis, Jakarta, from 15.00 t0 18.00 WIB. The performance is organized in conjunction with the commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour on 12th of June, under the theme: “No to Child Labour in Domestic Work”.

The performance aims to voice out the plight and lives of child domestic workers and raise the public awareness regarding the importance of education and protection for child domestic workers so that they can get a better job and live as adults. It is featured by guest stars who are also concerned with child domestic workers related issues: Imada (guitarist), Ninik L. Karim, and Chef Haryo Pramoe (professional chef).

In addition to the performance, a new publication of the ILO titled “Eliminating Child Labour in Indonesia: 20 Years of Support” will be launched. The publication captures some mile-stones and actions taken by the ILO and its partners, ranging from government institutions, trade unions, employers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and other stakeholders, in tackling child labour in Indonesia since the year of 1992. The publication also highlights progress made, commitments made, challenges faced and ways to move forward in ensuring a future without child labour in Indonesia.

The launch will be concluded with the appreciation ceremony for relevant partners, including donors, who have actively involved in tacking child labour related issues in Indonesia for the past 20 years. The publication could be used as a useful reference in tackling child labour related issues.

The ILO estimates that 215 million children worldwide are child labourers. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Bureau of Statistics documents that there are 2.5 million of child labourers who are 5-17 years old in 2009.

The ILO is the United Nations agency dealing with work and workplace issues. The ILO has been actively calling for the elimination of child labour, in particular its worst forms, since 1992. Today, the ILO has two programmes dealing with child labour issues: Decent Work for Domestic Workers to End Child Domestic Work (PROMOTE), funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL) and Combating Child Labour through Education Project, funded by the Government of Netherlands.

For further information, contact:
Ms Arum Ratnawati
Chief Technical Adviser of ILO’s Child and Domestic Workers Project
Tel.: +6221 391 3112 ext. 122
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Ms Dede Sudono
ILO’s Programme Coordinator for Child Labour and Education
Tel. : +6221 391 3112 ext. 126
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Ms Gita Lingga
ILO’s Media Relations Officer
Tel. : +6221 391 3112 ext. 115
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