Caritas has campaigned for countries to ratify the Convention on Domestic Workers. Credit: Caritas


Caritas organisations across the globe give legal and moral support to domestic workers in difficulty. Credit: Caritas

Caritas will participate in a conference on the recognition of the skills of domestic workers at Rome city hall (Campidoglio) to mark International Domestic Workers Day (16th June).

Maria Suelzu, advocacy officer with Caritas Internationalis, says, “Unfortunately, many domestic workers in various parts of the world continue to be invisible and their work not recognised.”

Caritas has campaigned for countries to ratify the Convention on Domestic Workers as this would offer protection from abuses and reinforce the rights of people who work in other people’s homes either caring for family members or cooking or cleaning.

The nature of domestic work means that the workers are often isolated, have little legal protection and are at risk of violence and abuse.

Caritas organisations in a number of countries across the globe, raise awareness among potential migrants of the risks of domestic work, they give legal and moral support to domestic workers in difficulty and also work with governments and international institutions to help ensure domestic workers are respected.

The Rome conference is organised by the Italian Christian Workers’ Association and will focus on the quality of domestic work and the recognition of workers’ skills. Read Maria Suelzu’s speech (only in Italian)