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further resources on domestic work: links and reports


Decent Work for Domestic Workers- Recommendations to ILO Members regarding the Law and Practice Report and Questionnaire, Anti-Slavery International and Human Rights Watch, June 2009

'They Respect Their Animals More' Voices of child domestic workers, Jonathan Blagbrough and Anti-Slavery International, 2008 

Child Domestic Workers: A handbook on good practice in programme interventions
, Maggie Black and Anti-Slavery International, 2005
Child Domestic Workers: Finding a voice, a handbook on advocacy, Maggie Black and Anti-Slavery International, 2002

Child Domestic Workers: A handbook for research and action, Anti-Slavery International, 1997

Globalization Comes Home: Protecting Migrant Domestic Workers’ Rights, Nisha Varia, Human Rights Watch, 2007

Swept Under the Rug - Abuses against domestic workers around the world, Nisha Varia, Human Rights Watch, 2006 

Child Domestics: The World's Invisible Workers, Human Rights Watch, 2004 

ILO Global facts and figures on domestic work

Decent Work for Domestic Workers report IV (2), ILO, 2010 

All ILO Publications on domestic work

ILO- IPEC Programme (International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour)

Human Rights Watch

IUF- International Domestic Workers Network 

Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Politics of Domestic Labour, Bridget Anderson, Zed Books, 2000

Respect and Rights: Protection for Domestic/Household Workers! (Report on the international conference held in Amsterdam, 8-10 November 2006), IRENE and IUF, 2008,  

December 18 

International Organization for Migration

Migrants Rights International 

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Migrant Rights

uk & europe

Kalayaan- Justice for migrant domestic workers, UK

Trafficking for forced labour: UK Country Report, Klara Skrivankova and Anti-Slavery International, 2006

Trafficking, forced labour and exploitation of migrant domestic workers in the UK, Anti-Slavery International webpages

The New Bonded Labour
, Kalayaan and Oxfam, 2008

AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse), UK

Care and Immigration: migrant care workers in private households, Kalayaan/COMPAS, 2009

The Servant Problem: Domestic Work in a Global Economy, Rosie Cox, I B Tauris & Co, 2006

Trafficking for forced labour in Europe
, Klara Skrivankova and Anti-Slavery International, 2006

Migrants' Rights Network, UK

Migrant Rights Centre, Ireland

Le Comité Contre l'Esclavage Moderne (CCEM), France 


Bottom of the Ladder: Exploitation and Abuse of Girl Domestic Workers in Guinea, Human Rights Watch, 2007 

Inside the Home, Outside the Law - Abuse of Child Domestic Workers in Morocco, Human Rights Watch, 2005 

Have Minimum Wages Benefited South Africa’s Domestic Service Workers?, Tom Hertz, Forum paper for African Development and Povery Reduction: The Macro-Micro Linkage, 2004

Kivulini, Tanzania

WAO Afrique, Togo

ESAM (Enfants Solidaires d’Afrique se du Monde), Benin

South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union, South Africa

Anex-CDW, South Africa


Child Domestic Workers and Child Trafficking in the Philippines, Anti-Slavery International Briefing, 2008

Slow Reform: Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia and the Middle East
, Human Rights Watch, 2010

Workers in the Shadows - Abuse and Exploitation of Child Domestic Workers in Indonesia
, Human Rights Watch, 2009

Abuse among Child Domestic Workers: A research study in West Bengal, Save the Children UK, 2006 

Maid to Order - Ending Abuses Against Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore, Human Rights Watch, 2005  

Always on Call - Abuse and Exploitation of Child Domestic Workers in Indonesia, Human Rights Watch, 2005 

Child Domestic Labour in South East and East Asia: Emerging Good Practices to Combat it, ILO, 2005

Help Wanted: Abuses against female domestic workers in Indonesia and Malaysia, Human Rights Watch, 2004 

Committee for Asian Women/ Asia Domestic Workers' Network, Thailand

Asian Migrant Centre 

Migrant Forum in Asia 

Visayan Forum, Philippines 

National Domestic Workers’ Movement (NDWM), India 

Children-Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH), Nepal 

Vulnerable Children Assistance Organization, Cambodia 

Yayasan kesejahteraan anak (YKAI), Indonesia

Homenet, Thailand

middle east

Trafficking in women, forced labour and domestic work in the context of the Middle East and Gulf region, Anti-Slavery International, 2006

Slow Reform: Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia and the Middle East, Human Rights Watch, 2010

‘As If I Am Not Human’ Abuses against Asian Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia, Nisha Varia, Human Rights Watch, 2008  

Exported and Exposed – Abuses against Sri Lankan Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates, Human Rights Watch, 2007

Bad Dreams – Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch, 2004 

Mafiwasta, UAE

north america

Home is where the work is: Inside New York’s Domestic Work Industry, Domestic Workers United and DataCenter, 2006 

Behind Closed Doors: Working conditions of Califormia Household Workers, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Day Labor Program Women's
Collective of La Raza Centro Legal & DataCenter, 2007

Hidden in the Home: Abuse of Domestic Workers with Special Visas in the United States, Human Rights Watch, 2001 

National Domestic Workers Alliance 

Domestic Workers United

Andolan (Organizing South Asian Workers)

latin america & cariBbean

Child Domestic Workers in Costa Rica, Anti-Slavery International Briefing, 2009

Confederación Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Trabajadoras del Hogar (CONLACTRAHO)

Domestic child labour, An overview of Brazil's recent experience

No Rest: Abuses Against Child Domestic Workers in El Salvador, Human Rights Watch, 2004

Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes, Peru

Defence for Children International, Costa Rica

Foyer Maurice Sixto, Haiti 

Centro de Defesa da Crianca e do Adolescente (CEDECA), Brazil



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