Webinar - International Domestic Workers' Day

Domestic workers and COVID-19

The ILO's Work in Freedom Programme, Nepal and WOREC, join collaboration in co-organizing the discussion to mark the International Domestic Workers' Day (16 June 2020).


After the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, it has affected all aspects of human life including the world of work. The uncertain situation and crisis has accelerated globally and many countries have imposed the full and partial lockdown. The pandemic is affecting all differently- the domestic workers are among the worst hit. For them, the crisis has limit their ability to access their places of work.

Economies of the country is depended on domestic work to survive and thrive. The world of work is transforming in respect to demographic, socio-economic and environmental and the demand for domestic work is increasing, which remains mostly invisible, not recognized and undervalued. If these issues are not properly addressed, it will create a severe and unsustainable care work crisis and further increase gender inequalities in the area of work.

Domestic workers are a part of the workforce as they have contributed in the country's economy. The majority of these works is undertaken by women and girls from socially disadvantaged groups. Transformative policies and recognizing their work as decent work are fundamental for ensuring a work based on social justice and promoting gender equality for all.

Objectives of the Webinar:

•    To create a common platform for the discussion on the situation of women domestic workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
•    To sensitize the concerned stakeholders and government on the issue and provide practical recommendations for the government to formulate domestic worker’s friendly policies.
•    Collective understanding of challenges and possible strategies.
•    To collect the recommendations and way forward from the discussion to ensure the rights of domestic workers.

The webinar focuses on three major points in the discussion:

1.    What are the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on domestic workers in Nepal?
2.    How are existing social protection systems responding to the impacts of the pandemic on domestic workers?
3.    What can be done to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on domestic workers?

Details of the Webinar:

Date: Friday,19 June 2020
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Webinar link:https://ilo-videoconferences2.webex.com/ilo-videoconferences2/j.php?MTID=mcadbb4e473e97b37fa4af74c58a580c9

Event will be live streamed in Facebook of Women's Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), Nepal: https://www.facebook.com/worecnepal/