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Featured practices: Migrant domestic workers as agents of change

Featured practices: Migrant domestic workers as agents of change

Ahead of this year’s International Domestic Workers Day on 16 June, the Migration Network Hub in coordination with ILO launched a Call for Practices to encourage submissions of initiatives and policies that help to transform how migrant domestic workers are valued and seen by the rest of society. The practices listed here were collected as part of this Call for Practices and underwent a peer review process by migration experts, and are now being published for the celebration of International Domestic Workers Day.

Domestic Workers League of ACV-CSC Brussels


Implemented by Confederation of Christian Trade Unions

Outcome of the practice:
Active campaigning generated awareness on migrant domestic workers’ issues and rights; while safe spaces helped workers to learn their rights and equip themselves with tools and skills to advocate for these rights. 

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Migrant Domestic Workers Rights in Czech Households


Implemented by the Association for Integration and Migration

Outcome of the practice:
A combination of legal counseling, workshops for NGOs, and public campaigning helped strengthen the rights and dignity of migrant domestic workers and increased cooperation with various ministries.

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 One Wage Campaign in South Africa


Implemented by a coalition of worker rights organizations, unions, and CSOs

Outcome of the practice:
An advocacy campaign changed the National Minimum Wage Act to include domestic work, taking an important step toward closing the migrant pay gap.

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Research on human rights violations against live-in domestic workers and Code of Good Practice


Implemented by Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance and Solidarity Center in South Africa

Outcome of the practice:
Research led to a Code of Good Practice that provides a minimum standard for live-in domestic workers to access their basic rights.

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Campaign and litigation for inclusion in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act


Implemented by unions, migrant workers’ associations, NGOs, and public interest lawyers in South Africa

Outcome of the practice:
The national Occupational Injury and Illness Act was adapted to include domestic workers, exemplifying how collective action through research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing can address systemic discrimination.

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Engaging United Nations Treaty Bodies on Worker Rights


Implemented by Solidarity Center and a coalition of unions, worker rights associations and public interest lawyers

Outcome of the practice:
Coalitions from multiple countries submitted reports to the UN Treaty Bodies, placing issues in domestic worker rights on the international human rights agenda, compelling the countries to take action.

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Migration Lab for the domestic and home care sector


Implemented by Fédération des particuliers employeurs de France

Outcome of the practice:
The Lab provides employment pathways for migrant domestic workers, by providing trainings on French language, citizenship processes, and skills needed in the domestic care sector.

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Repository of Practices

Explore the practices of others implementing the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) and submit your own practice.

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About the Migration Network Hub

What is the Migration Network Hub?

The Hub is a virtual “meeting space” where governments, stakeholders and experts can access and share migration-related information and services. It provides curated content, analysis and information on a variety of topics.

The Hub aims to support UN Member States in the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Migration by serving as a repository of existing evidence, practices and initiatives, and facilitating access to knowledge sharing via online discussions, an expert database and demand-driven, tailor-made solutions (launching in 2021).

What content is displayed in the Hub?

The Hub aims to help you find information on migration, ranging from policy briefs and journal articles, existing portals and platforms and what they offer, to infographics and videos. The different types of resources submitted by users undergo peer review by a panel of experts from within the UN and beyond, before being approved for inclusion in the Hub. To provide guidance to users based on findings of the needs assessment, the content is ordered so that more comprehensive and global resources are shown before more specific and regional ones. Know a great resource? Please submit using the links above and your suggestion will be reviewed. Please see the draft criteria for existing practices here.

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Content submitted to the Migration Network Hub is first peer reviewed by experts in the field from both the UN and beyond. Applications are welcomed to join the roster on an ongoing basis. Learn more here.

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