ILO to launch “We have the same right” campaign in three cities

The ‘We Have the Same Right’ Campaign focuses on the employers of domestic workers – encouraging them to uphold the rights of domestic workers in their own homes. The Campaign will be launched in three cities: Lampung, Makassar and Malang.

Press release | Jakarta, Indonesia | 08 February 2018
JAKARTA (ILO News): A campaign to improve the working conditions of domestic workers in Indonesia titled “We Have the Same Right” by reaching out to their employers and the public at large will be launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in three cities of Indonesia: Lampung, Makassar and Malang from 9 to 15 February 2018. The launch is conducted in conjunction with the commemoration of the National Day for Domestic Workers which falls on 15 February and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Month.

The ‘We Have the Same Right’ Campaign consists of short videos, showing important roles of domestic workers in people’s lives, plights, journeys and hopes of the domestic workers. The Campaign focuses on labour rights of domestic workers that are often forgotten such as, among others, domestic workers’ rights to have one-day off/leaves, to have working contract, to be protected by national health system, minimum working age for domestic workers and to have safe and healthy working conditions.

The ‘We Have the Same Right’ Campaign consists of short videos, showing important roles of domestic workers in people’s lives, plights, journeys and hopes of the domestic workers. The Campaign focuses on labour rights of domestic workers that are often forgotten such as, among others, domestic workers’ rights to have one-day off/leaves, to have working contract, to be protected by national health system, minimum working age for domestic workers and to have safe and healthy working conditions.

The Campaign also focuses on the employers of domestic workers – encouraging them to uphold the rights of domestic workers in their own homes. In addition, the Campaign higlights efforts taken by domestic workers and their organizations to be recognized as workers and to promote decent work for domestic workers.

“Awareness raising is one of the important actions to change the way the public perceive domestic workers. It is hoped that through these series of short videos, public at large, particularly the employers, can take a moment to consider their relationship they have with their domestic workers, including to ensure safe and healthy working conditions. The ILO believes that decent work for domestic workers start from our own home,” said Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia.

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.

In collaboration with Cinema XXI, the largest cinema chain in the country, these launches are part of the ILO efforts to promote decent work for domestic workers, including the importance of safe and healthy working environment and condition. These launches are a follow-up to the national launch held in Jakarta in September last year.

Jakarta, Malang, Lampung and Makassar are the four targeted areas of the ILO's programme to promote decent work for domestic workers and to eliminate child domestic workers in Indonesia: ILO-PROMOTE Project. Funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), ILO-PROMOTE Project aims at increasing the knowledge, skills and expertise on reducing child domestic workers and promote decent work for domestic workers. The project has been running in Indonesia for four years since 2013 and would come to an end in March 2018.

For further information please contact:

Irfan Afandi
ILO’s Advocacy Specialist for Domestic Workers
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 112
Email: irfan@ilo.org

Gita Lingga
ILO’s Communications Officer
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 115
Email: gita@ilo.org