In the launch, seven leading Indonesia public figures will lend their voices to the plight of domestic workers who have to work long hours with low wages and without employment contract, day off and leave, social protection and legal protection. Selected stories will be read out by Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri, Lukman Sardi (actor), Morgan Oey (actor), Nia Dinata (director/producer), Sari Nila (presenter), Atiek Cancer (actress) and Giwo Rubianto (Chair of Kowani).
The launch and monologues are part of the ILO constituents and partners’ advocacy campaign to promote decent work for domestic workers and the elimination of child domestic labour.
Through social media, domestic workers are able to express themselves, voice their concerns and fight for their own rights and lives. Through these stories, we hope that we could change the perception of the public that domestic work is work and domestic workers are workers just like any other profession."Lita Anggraini, National Coordinator of JALA PRT
In their own words, these women speak about their daily lives, injustice they have to face, mistreatment and abuse they have to endure, family struggles as well as their aspirations and hopes. They also talk about their desire to be united under the unions, their aspiration to continue improving their skills and capacities and their continuous efforts to advocate policy makers and the public at large about the recognition of domestic workers as workers as well as the elimination of child domestic labour.
Journalists and mass media should urge the country to better protect domestic workers so that they do not become victims of exploitation behind the closed doors."Ahmad Nurhasim, Chair of AJI Jakarta
In addition, these stories are the results of writing and social media courses conducted by the ILO, in collaboration with JALA PRT and AJI Jakarta, to improve skills and capacity of domestic workers in utilizing technology and in voicing their own aspirations through citizen journalism platform and social media. To date, more than 60 articles and stories written by domestic workers have been published and disseminated widely through blogs, Facebooks and twitters.
“Through social media, domestic workers are able to express themselves, voice their concerns and fight for their own rights and lives. Through these stories, we hope that we could change the perception of the public that domestic work is work and domestic workers are workers just like any other profession,” stated Lita Anggraini, National Coordinator of JALA PRT.
“The role of domestic workers are still unappreciated and unacknowledged. Therefore, stories and articles written by domestic workers are the wealth of knowledge and information that will inspire not only public at large but also mass media organizations about the forgotten labour rights of domestic workers that we should all respect and uphold,” added Ahmad Nurhasim, Chair of AJI Jakarta. “Journalists and mass media should urge the country to better protect domestic workers so that they do not become victims of exploitation behind the closed doors.”
Domestic workers represent the single largest group of female salaried workers contributing to the households of others in their own country or abroad. To date, the ILO, based on the data from the Statistics-Indonesia (BPS), estimates that there were 4 million domestic workers in Indonesia; of these, around 85 thousands are children under the age of 18 years old.
The campaign is conducted by the ILO through its Promoting Decent Work for Domestic Workers to End Child Domestic Work (PROMOTE) Project. Funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), ILO-PROMOTE Project aims at reducing child domestic workers significantly by building institutional capacities of partners to promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers effectively. The Project works to increase the knowledge, skills and expertise on reducing child domestic workers and promote decent work for domestic workers.
For further information please contact:Arum Ratnawati
Chief Technical Adviser of the ILO-PROMOTE Project
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 130
National Coordinator of JALA PRT
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Chair of AJI Jakarta
Media Relations Officer
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 115