12 by 12 campaign
help us to get 12 countries and more to ratify the ILO domestic work convention
Over the past 3 years, the Home Alone: End Domestic Slavery campaign
has been calling for a new International Labour Organization Convention. It was adopted in June 2011 and it comes into force on 5 September 2013.
It provides an international framework for national laws to address the particular vulnerability of domestic workers everywhere to slavery and exploitation.
Now we are working hard now to push as many countries as possible to ratify the convention. We have teamed up with many organisations and trade unions across the world to work on the 12 by 12 campaign
aiming to have the convention ratified in 12 countries by the end of 2012.
Unfortunately we haven't managed to get 12 countries to ratify the Convention by the end of 2012. However, that won't stop us from working towards our aim. Eight countries have already done it: Uruguay, Philippines, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Paraguay, South Africa and Italy. Next two, Germany and Colombia, have also ratified it but the ratifications haven't been yet officially recognised by the ILO.
But we need to keep the pressure on to get many more than this. Please write to your local MP or relevant parliamentarian in your own local area or country asking them to call on their governments to ratify the ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Your voice counts and the more of us do it the better chance we have!
To make it easier you can copy and paste into your email the letter we have sent to the UK Business Secretary Vince Cable asking him to act on the ratification of the convention. You can see it here.
If you are in the UK, you can find out the name and contact details for your your MP at www.writetothem.com
or you can post a letter to:
House of Commons
Please send any responses you receive to email@example.com.
Thank you for your support.
Domestic workers in the Philippines are often not allowed to leave the house and are restricted from contact with their family and friends.
Many Indonesian domestic workers who migrate to Singapore report working extremely long hours, seven days a week, suffer food deprivation and physical abuse. ©Susan Meiselas/ Magnum Photos