First interregional knowledge sharing forum on migrant domestic workers

Madagascar is hosting an ILO knowledge sharing forum on how best to achieve a decent work agenda for migrant domestic workers in Africa, the Arab States and Asia.

Media advisory | 02 May 2016
ANTANANARIVO (ILO News) - The first interregional knowledge sharing forum on promoting international cooperation and partnerships for a fair migrant domestic workers agenda in Africa, the Arab States and Asia, is taking place from 05-07 May 2016, in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The forum will serve as a creative platform for stakeholders to share information about their country experiences and practices, and exchanging views and insights on the following key themes:
  • Theme 1: Cooperation between origin and destination countries to ensure the protection of migrant domestic workers in line with International Labour Standards, particularly the Domestic Workers’ Convention, 2011 (No. 189).
  • Theme 2: Cooperating to promote fair recruitment practices in the domestic work sector taking into account its political economy.
  • Theme 3: Making return and reintegration programmes work for migrant domestic workers and their communities.
The main goal is to highlight key challenges faced by migrant domestic workers in the three regions as well as to showcase main policy issues and actions undertaken on the ground in order to identify priority areas for future interventions.

Migrant domestic workers are often confronted with the absence of employment contracts; exploitative working conditions, and unfair recruitment practices.

The ILO is providing technical expertise to support the gaps in law and practice with respect to protection of domestic workers; migration law and policy; regulation of recruitment agencies; lack of awareness of rights and language barriers among domestic workers; and lack of data on migrant domestic workers.

ILO’s Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT) of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY) and Fundamental Principals of Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) of the Governance and Tripartism Department, in collaboration with ILO’s Regional Offices for Africa, Arab States, and Asia Pacific, are jointly organizing this interregional knowledge sharing forum.

Background information:

Following the adoption at the 100th International Labour Conference (2011) of the Domestic Workers Convention (No.189) and Recommendation (No.201), the ILO organised Africa’s first regional knowledge sharing forum in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, 28–30 May 2013.