Realizing decent work for domestic workers in Asia region

Domestic workers organizations, trade unionists and relevant representatives from 11 Asian countries will attend the three-day Regional Meeting, aimed to share good and promising practices, examine lessons learned and develop future activities in realizing decent work for domestic workers and eradicating child domestic labour in the region.

Press release | Malang, East Java, Indonesia | 19 January 2018
MALANG (ILO News): Domestic workers organizations, trade unionists and relevant representatives from 11 Asian countries will attend the three-day Regional Meeting held in Malang, East Java, from 23-25 January 2018. The meeting aims to share good and promising practices, examine lessons learned and develop future activities in realizing decent work for domestic workers and eradicating child domestic labour in the region.

The Regional Meeting titled “Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Good and Promising Practices and Lessons Learned to Promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers and to Eliminate Child Domestic Labour” is being organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) through the PROMOTE Project. The meeting will be officially opened by the Regent of Malang District, Mr Rendra Kresna and Mr Jose Maria Ramirez, Senior Programme and Operations Officer of ILO Geneva.

Around 40 participants from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand will attend to share knowledge, initiatives and experiences on good and promising practices that can be scaled up and replicated to promote decent work for domestic workers in the Asian region.

The participants will also discuss efforts to strengthen cooperation among relevant stakeholders in the region to contribute towards the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, particularly SDG Goal 8.7 on the eradication of child labour by 2025, with particular focus on child domestic labour.

As part of this regional gathering, field visits will be organized to showcase the implementation of good practices from Indonesia as the host country. The participants will visit Domestic Workers Centre in Godean, Kucur Village of Malang and Community-based Monitoring System in Polowijen, Malang.

The Centre has provided skills training programmes, educational sessions on worker rights and micro-finance activities for domestic workers. Meanwhile, the community-based monitoring system is a voluntarily monitoring system undertaken by community leaders to register and monitor the working condition domestic workers in their workplaces. The monitoring system is in line with the Indonesian Manpower Ministerial Regulation No. 2/2015 which stipulates that all domestic workers must be registered by community leaders.

The conclusions of the Regional Meeting will help participating countries to utilize shared knowledge and practices for their future activities and to continue building regional movement in better protecting rights of domestic workers and recognizing them as workers.

Asia harbors 41 percent of the world domestic workers, equivalent to 21.5 million people aged 15 or above. The numbers are growing in many countries in the region. Many of these domestic workers are under 18 years old and the majority are girls. Some of the largest flows of overseas migrant domestic workers in the world also originate in Asian countries and their numbers are also increasing.

Despite these large numbers of domestic workers working in their home countries, as well as migrating to foreign countries, domestic workers in Asian countries often lack legal protection. Some progress has been made in the region in the form of better regulations, and inclusion in the social protection schemes. But there a lot remains to be done.

The Regional Meeting will mark the closing of the PROMOTE Project. The project has been running in Indonesia for four years since 2013. Funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), the PROMOTE Project aims at promoting decent work for domestic workers and at reducing child domestic workers by building institutional capacities of partners and guide in the implementing of the ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

For further information please contact:

Irfan Afandi
National Advocacy Specialist of the ILO-PROMOTE Project
Tel. +6221 391 3112 ext. 112
Email: irfan@ilo.org

Gita F. Lingga
ILO’s Communications Officer
Tel. +6221 391 3112 ext. 115
Email: gita@ilo.org