International Women face Maternity Protection Discrimination

International Women face Maternity Protection  Discrimination

Lisa Schlein for VA – WNN Science & Health Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: A new report by the International Labor Organization finds the large majority of women workers, at least 830 million, does not have adequate maternity protection and continue to face discrimination in the labor market. Despite progress in maternity protection, ILO officials say […]

UK Landmark Legislation Needs More Victim Focus

UK Landmark Legislation Needs More Victim Focus

Katie Nguyen for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, NORTHERN EUROPE – The British government’s proposed law to wipe out modern-day slavery is a landmark piece of legislation but needs to focus more on victims to ensure a higher rate of convictions. That is the view of Caroline Spelman, a member […]

[Brazil] Mirror, Mirror – Who Is that Woman on TV?

[Brazil] Mirror, Mirror – Who Is that Woman on TV?

Fabiana Frayssinet – IPS – Monday, 28 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct) RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 21 2013 (IPS) – Carla Vilas Boas is of mixed-race descent – African, European and indigenous – like a majority of the population of Brazil. But she spends hours straightening her hair, trying to look more like the […]

Value us! Fair pay for domestic work in Nicaragua

Value us! Fair pay for domestic work in Nicaragua

Catherine Hoskyns – New Internationalists – 15 August 2013 (originally published 12 Aug) An innovative development is currently taking place in Nicaragua. A number of co-operatives with Fair Trade contracts are including in the costs of production (for sesame oil and green coffee) a component for the unpaid work of women. They see this work […]

Domestic workers still viewed as ‘outcasts’ throughout India

Domestic workers still viewed as ‘outcasts’ throughout India

WNN Improve It (WNN/GOIM) Chennai, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: Ignored, abused and without resources, domestic workers remain to be viewed as outcasts throughout India. JUNE 16, 2013 was ‘Father’s Day’ in India as lovely quotes on fatherhood spilled over from mainstream media to Facebook and Twitter. June 16 was also ‘International Domestic Workers’ Day’ but it […]

South American domestic workers move closer to justice

South American domestic workers move closer to justice

Gabriela De Cicco – WNN Justice (WNN/AWID) Brasília, BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA: Long working hours, lack of rest time and poor treatment and compensation, in the absence of national legislation, often turns domestic work into a form of slavery in many countries. Some of the changes taking place in Latin America regarding decent work for domestic […]

Millions of domestic workers around world are not protected says UN

Millions of domestic workers around world are not protected says UN

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, GENEVA: Millions of domestic workers around the world are not protected under general labour laws and are highly vulnerable to exploitation, says a United Nations report released today, which calls on countries to extend social protection to them. “Domestic workers are frequently expected to work longer hours than other workers […]

[Pakistan] Gender-based violence: ‘Make violence against women cognizable offence’

[Pakistan] Gender-based violence: ‘Make violence against women cognizable offence’

Shamsul Islam – Express Tribune – Thursday, 29 November 2012 FAISALABAD:Participants of a rally taken out to condemn violence against women urged the government to pass legislation against domestic violence and violence perpetuated by the state machinery to make it a cognisable offence.   The rally, Protect Women against Violence, was taken out by the […]