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ASEAN should recognize domestic work

  • Tomoko Nishimoto
    Tomoko Nishimoto

    ILO assistant director-general and regional director for Asia and the Pacific

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Bangkok   /   Wed, October 25, 2017   /  01:40 pm
ASEAN should recognize domestic work Often called the largest invisible workforce, there are almost 10 million domestic workers in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. (Shutterstock/File)

Often called the largest invisible workforce, there are almost 10 million domestic workers in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. More than 2 million are migrant domestic workers. In fact, domestic workers make up nearly 20 percent of all migrant workers in the ASEAN region. The vast majority are women. 

As the 10th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labor (AFML) is taking place on Oct. 25 to 26 in Manila, the theme Towards Achieving Decent Work for Domestic Workers in ASEAN was strategically chosen to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of Rights of Migrant Workers. 

It also coincides with the sixth anniversary of ILO’s convention on Domestic Workers (No. 189). This international labor standard adopted by all ILO member states in 2011 officially recognizes domestic work as work. It sets out that domest...

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