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Program(s): Organization & Representation

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

These countries have ratified the Domestic Workers Convention 2011 (C189) and Recommendation (No. 201):

IDWF: A Domestic Workers’ Federation is Born!

Domestic workers vote yes for new federation

The International Domestic Workers’ Network has transformed itself into the first global union organization run by women: the International Domestic Workers' Federation (IDWF).

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

About the Series

This series of audiovisual materials provides information about the process of inclusion of waste pickers into the waste management system in Bogota at the local level, and in Colombia at the national level. It includes short videos—with information on waste pickers' situation and their claims, as well as education materials—that WIEGO has produced to disseminate how this process of inclusion has taken place in order to reach out to every municipality in Colombia and to all waste pickers in the world interested in knowing more about this experience.

Policy Conference on Home-Based Workers in South Asia

Co-Organized by SEWA and UNIFEM

In January 2007, SEWA and UNIFEM hosted a South Asia regional conference entitled “Women, Work, and Poverty” to highlight the situation of home-based workers in South Asia.

Organization & Representation Programme Advisory Committee

Renana Jhabvala
Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
Chairperson

Chris Bonner
WIEGO Organization & Representation Programme Director

Kofi Asamoah
Ghana Trades Union Congress

Barbro Budin
International Union of Food and Allied Workers (IUF)

Martha Chen
WIEGO International Coordinator

Jose del Valle
CROC, Mexico

Rhonda Douglas
WIEGO Global Projects Advisor

Lucia Fernandez
WIEGO Waste Pickers Global Coordinator

Dan Gallin
Global Labour Institute

Waste Pickers at the United Nations Climate Change Conferences

Waste pickers contribute to the conservation of natural resources and energy while reducing air and water pollution. They also help to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the reuse of materials. Around the globe, waste pickers are organizing and fighting for recognition of this significant environmental contribution.

Declaration of the African Regional Domestic Workers Conference

Africa Domestic Workers Network is formed
Cape Town, South Africa

On June 16 2013, this second anniversary of the adoption of the C189 and World Domestic Workers’ Day, domestic workers in Africa launched the Africa Domestic Workers Network (AfDWN) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Worker Education, Capacity Building & Resources

Recent initiatives have aimed to build the capacity of informal worker organizers and leaders to build their democratic organizations and to run them effectively. For example, the Inclusive Cities Project partners are working on sustainability plans. As well, WIEGO has assisted by offering fund-raising training and working with the HomeNets in Asia to build democratic organizations and make the transition from NGO to MBO.