The ILO Strategy for action towards making decent work a reality for domestic workers worldwide envisages support for countries that are committed and ready to take measures aimed at improving the protection and working conditions of domestic workers, regardless of whether these involve ratifying Convention No. 189 in the immediate future. It recognizes that real change in the lives of domestic workers requires building national capacities and institutions and facilitating social and attitudinal change, which are complex and long processes. With an initial timeframe of 2012-2015, the ILO strategy encompasses actions at global, regional, and country levels in five broad areas:
- Building and strengthening national institutions and, when required, adopting effective policy and legislative reforms and/or programmes;
- Facilitating the organization and representation of domestic workers and their employers;
- Support in respect of ratification and implementation of Convention 189 and the implementation of Recommendation 201;
- Awareness-raising and advocacy on domestic workers’ rights;
- Building the knowledge base on domestic work and exchange of experiences between countries to enhance actions and impact at country level.