After 30+ yrs of servitude three domestic workers rescued from London home

After 30+ yrs of servitude three domestic workers rescued from London home

WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Three women have been rescued from 30+ years of domestic slavery in London as their two 67-year-old captors have been arrested by Scotland Yard in what police say is a groundbreaking case of alleged human trafficking. The carefully orchestrated rescue came over a few weeks for the […]

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 […]

BANGLADESH: ILO sends letter to 500 factories to insure building safety for garment workers

BANGLADESH: ILO sends letter to 500 factories to insure building safety for garment workers

Robert Carmichael with Daniel Schearf – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Earlier this month two Cambodian garment workers died and more than 30 were injured when sections of two factories collapsed. The accidents came amid increased scrutiny of the global garment industry following the building collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 […]

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 […]

Global NGOs step in to protect child domestic workers

Global NGOs step in to protect child domestic workers

WNN Breaking (WNN/HRW) New York, New York, UNITED STATES: Ten leading international organizations are calling on ministers of labor around the globe in a letter released at the beginning of the week to protect child domestic workers. They’re also calling to ratify the ILO – International Labour Organization Domestic Workers Convention (Convention 189 concerning Decent […]

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 […]

Taking a stand for teachers on UN World Teachers’ Day

Taking a stand for teachers on UN World Teachers’ Day

Elahe Amani – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES: Recognizing teachers worldwide for October 5, 2012 on the United Nations (UN) World Teachers’ Day societies around the world celebrate the vital contribution that teachers make to human development and the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. It’s a time […]

Advocates for US domestic workers bill stay stubborn and strong for equal rights

Advocates for US domestic workers bill stay stubborn and strong for equal rights

Jessica Buchleitner – WNN Features (WNN) San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, U.S.: While employed as a “home-care worker,” Teresa, a Mexican national, often returned to her own home after a day of work demeaned and discouraged. She didn’t talk about it at first, but often witnessed abuse in the house where she worked, watching the disabled woman […]