Domestic Workers Overcoming Global Pandemic: Building Strength, Democracy, and Unity around the World

About the Initiative

Domestic workers overcoming the global pandemic: building strength, democracy, and unity around the world” by International Domestic Workers Federation to strengthen the strategies of its 76 affiliates from 59 countries representing over 580,000 members to respond to the immediate needs of domestic workers facing increased insecurity caused by the health and economic crises, while building collective power to ensure their inclusion in labor and social protections, COVID-19 related programs, stimulus packages and economic recovery programs.

Why is now the time to act?     

“Stymied by low salaries and lack of recognition of their contribution to the economy, domestic workers often face marginalization and discrimination. They are at-risk of COVID-19 infection due to a lack of protective equipment and accurate preventive information. In addition, domestic workers groups or trade unions cannot sustain their organizations due to declining memberships and lack of leadership support.”

What is your vision of change for the global economy with this initiative?

“Advocacy for a “New Normal”: Recognition of domestic work as formal employment – closing the social protection and gender gaps of domestic workers, allowing domestic workers to benefit from COVID-19 support and stimulus packages, as well as from economic recovery programs.”

How do you plan to leverage RVF support?

“Together we can amplify the stories of domestic workers and our messages, such as the policy recommendations for an inclusive and gender-equal recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic that we developed based on our partners’ data and inputs. Also, with RVF support we can connect and possibly collaborate with people and organizations that work towards similar objectives. Also, with RVF support we can connect and possibly collaborate with people and organizations that work towards similar objectives.  Working together, we can generate intersectional conversations at both the regional and global level.”

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