Philippines

Violence at the Workplace: ‘They Treated Us Like Slaves’

Gender-based violence on the job occurs far more often than most people realize, and domestic workers—isolated in individual homes—are especially vulnerable to abuse, said domestic workers, union organizers and experts Wednesday at a panel discussion focusing on women and violence at work. “They treated us like slaves,” said May Joy Guarizo Salapare, describing her experience… [READ MORE]

World Day for Decent Work: Migrant Workers Often Exploited

At age 22, N. Naga Durga Bhavani left her small village in India for Bahrain,  where she hoped a job as a domestic worker would help pay for her young daughter’s heart surgery. But when she arrived, after paying labor recruiters the equivalent of nearly two months’ wages, she says her passport and papers were… [READ MORE]

Victory for Domestic Workers as Philippines Ratifies C189

In a victory for domestic workers in the Philippines and around the world who are trying to secure decent wages, benefits and recognition, the Philippines is the second country to ratify International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189, Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Today the Philippine Senate approved a resolution in support of ratification of ILO… [READ MORE]