Demanding Equal Rights: International Domestic Workers Day Celebrated in Yangon

17 June 2019
2019-06-17 10:17

The 3rd edition of the International Domestic Workers Day celebration in Myanmar took place in Yangon on Sunday with the theme of “Social Protection for Domestic Workers”. 

This celebration was supported by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). This is part of the activity to have domestic workers get the same rights as other workers and adequate protection against violence as well as to recognize domestic work is work among the people.  

Office Manager, WE Generation Network, Wanna Soe said “Domestic workers are facing difficulties relating to working hours, salary, annual leaves and social affairs. They need protection. The government needs to sign ILO convention C 189 to recognize that domestic workers are workers. After singing the ILO convention, the government should add supplement to the labour law. We welcome the government permitting Myanmar domestic workers to work in four countries but they must get equal rights and protection.”  

Myanmar needs to enact a law which will be suitable with the current situation in the country, a Chief Technical adviser stressed.

Chief Technical Adviser, Migration Projects (ILO Liaison Office in Myanmar), Jackie Pollock said “I think that some of the departmental currently looking at whether that would be at possible in Myanmar....domestic workers are important to look up the international convention decent work for the domestic workers and to use that the guideline and then to develop the national law which use that guideline adopt to Myanmar situation and as adopt the current situation so you may develop over many years but they need something in place a day to protect the domestic workers.”

This event included experience sharing session and talks on situation, challenges and difficulties domestic workers face. 

Naw Shwe Wah Tun said “I am now staying in Yangon. I worked as a domestic worker for about 21 years in many places and face many challenges. So, we want to get equal rights and opportunities like other workers. I’d like to urge the government to enact a law and establish a society where domestic workers are safe.”

The Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers was adopted by the ILO in June 2011, aimed at improving working conditions for domestic workers worldwide.

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