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A Filipina caregiver in Israel rockets to fame on X-Factor

A Filipina caregiver in Israel rockets to fame on X-Factor | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it
A Filipina caregiver, once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers, surprised Israel by winning one of its most popular TV singing contests. She won the Israeli version of the popular show the X-Factor.
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Diez millones de empleadas del hogar conquistan en Brasil dignidad laboral

Diez millones de empleadas del hogar conquistan en Brasil dignidad laboral | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it
Los restaurantes de Brasil ya no obligarán a estas mujeres a ir uniformadas “para no confundirlas con la familia”
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10 million domestic workers in Brazil granted full rights and protections!

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Domestic Workers’ Rights Convention 189 Ratified

Domestic Workers’ Rights Convention 189 Ratified | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

The Philippines is the second country to ratify the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189 Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C189) which was adopted on June 16, 2011. 

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Nepal bans women under 30 from working in Gulf states

Nepal bans women under 30 from working in Gulf states | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

Nepal has banned women under the age of 30 from working in Persian Gulf nations amid increasing concerns over abuse and exploitation. Nepalese women are among thousands of Asians who travel to this part of the world to work as migrant domestic workers.

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Indonesian maids in Singapore keep more of their salary thanks to changes in policy

Indonesian maids in Singapore keep more of their salary thanks to changes in policy | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE - A new set of rules imposed by Indonesia on its nationals working as domestic helpers in Singapore allow these workers to retain more of their monthly earnings, rather than pay it all to their recruitment agency.

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Maids' day off fuels Singapore foreigners debate

Maids' day off fuels Singapore foreigners debate | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's plan to mandate one day off a week for foreign maids after years of outcry by human rights groups is adding fuel to a raging debate about decent jobs and soaring costs.

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Qatar may allow trade unions and scrap 'sponsorships' for foreign workers

Qatar may allow trade unions and scrap 'sponsorships' for foreign workers | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

Qatar is considering a move to scrap the controversial sponsorship system for foreigners working in the country and replacing it with a contract between employer and employee.

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UAE Residents, employers welcome more rights for domestic workers

UAE Residents, employers welcome more rights for domestic workers | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

A draft law which was approved by the UAE cabinet in January 2012 is expected to reduce maltreatment of foreign domestic worker in the UAE by mandating that they receive an end-of-service gratuity, a weekly day-off and a written contract of employment.

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Saudi sets min wage for domestic workers

Saudi sets min wage for domestic workers | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

The Saudi government has set a minimum wage of US$160-210 a month for foreign domestic workers within the kingdom.

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India Shaken by Plight of 13-Year-Old Maid

A 13-year-old girl who worked as a maid reportedly led a life akin to slavery, in a symptom of India’s growing middle class and its demand for domestic workers, jobs often filled by children.
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A full listing of British Home Office changes affecting visas for overseas domestic workers

A full listing of British Home Office changes affecting visas for overseas domestic workers | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

A full accounting of proposed changes to the Immigration Rules concerning migrant domestic workers entering the UK. 

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Domestic worker rights under threat - again - in the UK

Domestic worker rights under threat - again - in the UK | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

British Home Secretary Theresa May has again announced proposals to make migrant domestic worker visas more restrictive, including removing the rights of workers to change their employers. 

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Expats fuel demand for domestic helpers in China

Expats are fuelling demand for domestic helpers in China. 

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No new maids deployed to Saudi despite ban lifting

No new maids deployed to Saudi despite ban lifting | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it
No new maids have been deployed to Saudi Arabia despite the lifting of the ban imposed by the Saudi government last year.
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Las trabajadoras del hogar mexicanas quieren acabar con la servidumbre

Las trabajadoras del hogar mexicanas quieren acabar con la servidumbre | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it
Más de dos millones de personas en este sector no tienen ningún derecho laboral de los que gozan el resto de trabajadores
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Over 2 million domestic workers in Mexico lack basic work protections despite Mexico having signed the ILO's Domestic Worker Convention.

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'Noble Endeavor' For California Nannies Struck Down

'Noble Endeavor' For California Nannies Struck Down | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday announced that he had vetoed legislation that would have provided overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections to an estimated 200,000 caregivers, nannies and house cleaners in California.
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Saudi ban on Philippine domestic workers still not over

Negotiations between the Saudi Ministry of Labor and its counterpart in the Philippines to lift the months-long recruitment ban of domestic helpers have reached a deadlock due to new requirements from the Philippines.

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Foreign domestic workers with unfit lodging may file case in Hong Kong

Foreign domestic workers with unfit lodging may file case in Hong Kong | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

Foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who receive inappropriate accommodation from their employers may file a complaint with the government, according to the Hong Kong Immigration Dept.

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Corporatisation of maid services can not only be profitable, but also help maids

Corporatisation of maid services can not only be profitable, but also help maids | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

The Maids' Company, a two-year-old, domestic-worker-owned venture, provides part-time domestic help to families in Gurgaon, India. 

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More Details about UAE's Draft Domestic Worker Bill

More Details about UAE's Draft Domestic Worker Bill | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

The bill being considered by the UAE seeks to regulate employer-employee relations for domestic workers as per ILO rules.

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Hong Kong Court Overturns Ruling on Domestic Workers

A Hong Kong court on Wednesday overturned a ruling last year that would have allowed foreign-born domestic workers to apply for permanent residency.
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Keeping a Promise to Home Care Aides

President Obama must ensure that new rules about minimum wages and overtime pay are not watered down.
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New visa rules for domestic workers in the UK 'will turn the clock back 15 years'

New visa rules for domestic workers in the UK 'will turn the clock back 15 years' | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

The Guardian newspaper in the UK writes that changes to the visa rules for foreign domestic workers amount to "turning the clock back 15 years" to the days when they were deported for experiencing abuse.

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Indonesia insists on ILO role for domestic workers contracts in Saudi Arabia

Indonesia insists on ILO role for domestic workers contracts in Saudi Arabia | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

The Indonesian government is demanding for International Labor Organization (ILO) protection for its domestic workers in Saudi Arabia, citing the recently ratified UN Convention on Domestic Workers.

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When An Undocumented Domestic Worker Gets Sick

When An Undocumented Domestic Worker Gets Sick | The Domestic Worker Project | Scoop.it

What happens when an undocumented domestic worker gets sick in the United States? An intimate portrait of the life of an undocumented domestic worker from Honduras working in Florida. As in most states, private employers in Florida are not required to cover health insurance for their domestic workers -- documented or not.

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