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Monica Dulanthi, age 48, is a Sri Lankan woman who worked in several Middle Eastern countries as a maid. In Saudi Arabia, her employers did not give her enough food and locked her in. With CRS funding, Caritas Sri Lanka published a booklet of important phrases in several languages in case workers get in trouble. Caritas also distributes safe migration info in churches, Buddhist temples, and elsewhere. Credits: Sheahen/Caritas

Monica Dulanthi, age 48, is a Sri Lankan woman who worked in several Middle Eastern countries as a maid. In Saudi Arabia, her employers did not give her enough food and locked her in. With CRS funding, Caritas Sri Lanka published a booklet of important phrases in several languages in case workers get in trouble. Caritas also distributes safe migration info in churches, Buddhist temples, and elsewhere.
Credits: Sheahen/Caritas

Acli Colf (the Association of Italian Christian Workers), Ass.No.Di and Caritas Internationalis will present the round table “Together for decent work for domestic workers” on 16th June 2013 from 2.30pm to 5pm at Santa Maria della Luce in Rome.

International Domestic Workers day is on 16th June and it gives us the opportunity to recognise the rights of domestic workers around the world.

In some countries domestic workers don’t even have a day off each week. They don’t have limited working hours nor do they get the minimum wage or have any form of social protection.

Adopted on 16th June 2011, the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers proposes a real shift in the protection of domestic workers around the world.

By ratifying it, states parties agree to important measures to protect domestic workers from violence and abuse. It also regulates employment agencies and prevents the exploitation of minors.

Italy was the first European country to ratify the convention and give a clear sign of support of the protection of this vulnerable group. It is still working towards goals which will create a more equal environment for domestic workers.

This promotion of domestic worker rights needs to continue on a global as well as a national level. For this we continue our commitment to promoting the rights and dignity of each and every worker and citizen.

For more information please contact Maria Suelzu: suelzu@caritas.va