Decent work for domestic workers

Women domestic worker empowerment programme in the Philippines: Final project fact sheet

Numerous laws and legislations for workers had been passed in several countries but they all excluded domestic workers since for domestic work was always perceived as not a real form of employment. During the 100th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC), an international labour standard for domestic workers was adopted in June 2011 by the members of the ILC in Geneva.

The ILO launched efforts to uphold the rights of domestic workers through the “Women Domestic Worker Empowerment Programme” to facilitate formalization of employment and working conditions of domestic workers in the Philippines. These initiatives were implemented in collaboration with the Philippine Technical Working Group on Decent Work for Domestic Workers consisted of ILO’s partners from the government, employers and workers groups, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, academe, informal economy workers group and faith-based organizations.