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125+ orgs Urge Honduras to Ratify ILO Convention 189 to Guarantee Rights of Domestic Workers


  • This letter was originally published to commemorate June 16 and the adoption of 189 by the ILO in 2011. You can read it here:

FINAL Letter Re ILO189 June 2020
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We will continue to accept individual, union and organizations sign ons of this letter at www.bit.ly/ILO189Honduras


June 17, 2020


In commemoration of the progress made internationally in recognizing the importance of domestic work, we, the undersigned national and international organizations and unions and individuals, urge the Honduran State - principally the Ministry of Labour and the Economic and Social Council - to immediately ratify ILO Convention 189[1]. Together with the appeals of civil society and organized domestic workers, we remind the State that the Group of Experts of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Legislation and Practice encouraged the State to ratify the treaty following its visit to Honduras in November 2018[2]. Also, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recommended that the State of Honduras ratify C189 in 2016[3].


Unfortunately, there has been no response to these calls to action. In a country like Honduras where there is historically little opportunity for formal employment, domestic workers constitute a significant proportion of the workforce and make social contributions that deserve recognition.


The significant contribution of domestic workers to the global economy is clear. In Honduras alone, there are 139,000 domestic workers - women, young people and girls - who make up 70% of the informal sector, supporting the country's economy. In addition, their work enables countless other employment sectors to carry out their daily work. According to ILO, this includes increasing the possibilities of paid employment for people with family responsibilities, increasing the capacity to care for the elderly, children, and people with disabilities, which represent a substantial contribution to income transfers within and between countries.

Unfortunately, despite its indispensable work and enormous economic and social contribution, domestic work remains undervalued and invisible. This is mainly due to the fact that domestic workers come mostly from marginalized areas throughout the country, both from rural and indigenous communities that have been historically oppressed and dispossessed of their lands and opportunities to generate their livelihoods according to their customs, as well as from urban neighbourhoods that have been systematically disadvantaged and abandoned by the State. In both cases, racism and gender and class oppression lead to an under valuing of domestic work. As a result, women and girl domestic workers are particularly vulnerable to discrimination with regard to employment and working conditions, as well as other human rights abuses.


Now, in the midst of the novel coronavirus health crisis, it has never been more urgent to ratify the convention and protect the rights of domestic workers. In its Guidance Note: CEDAW and COVID-19, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women reminded States, party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), that they have an obligation to ensure that measures taken to address COVID-19 do not directly or indirectly discriminate against women and girls[4]. We are concerned that these guidelines have not been adopted despite the fact that Honduras adopted the convention forty years ago.


It is the responsibility of the Honduran State to put an end to the historic legal and social exclusion of domestic work. As societies progress, there is an obligation to respond to both legal and social discriminatory practices. The ratification of ILO Convention 189 is an important and necessary step towards gender and class equity, the right to decent work and economic growth, reduction of inequalities and the right to education as set out by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Labor justice for domestic workers is urgently needed. Nine years after the ILO urged states to take measures to protect domestic workers, Honduras is still lagging behind. It is time for the Ministry of Labour and the Economic and Social Council to take urgent action to ratify ILO Convention 189 and for the National Congress to take concrete steps, such as passing a special law on domestic work in full consultation with the workers concerned, to ensure its full implementation. In 2020, the Honduran state must report to the ILO on its advancements; now is an ideal time to move towards comprehensive justice for remunerated domestic workers.

[1] Convention 189 - https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---americas/---ro-lima/---sro-san_jose/documents/publication/wcms_203988.pdf [2] Working Group of the Human Rights Council on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice - https://oacnudh.hn/grupo-de-trabajo-del-consejo-de-derechos-humanos-sobre-la-cuestion-de-la-discriminacion-contra-la-mujer-en-la-legislacion-y-en-la-practica/ [3] Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Concluding Observations on the Second Periodic Report on Honduras - http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=4slQ6QSmlBEDzFEovLCuW7r%2Fs5PmIHnsb%2BdhE9gELmAtKbtSsGHdyvVcvoFuYl8yZr%2B8qKmLReyED5gSAK8obDeBQGMXilHUfLLkDlhDdZSQFB3YorMB%2FB9GFg2cY5s0 [4] CEDAW Guidelines and COVID-19 - https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/CEDAW/Statements/CEDAW_Guidance_note_COVID-19_SP.docx

Signatures:

Argentina

Retruco solidaridad con Argentina

Solidaridad y Misión - Claretianos de América

Canada

Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network

Kairos Halifax

Yukon Anti Poverty Coalition

Nobel Women's Initiative

Colombia

Corporación Claretiana Norman Pérez

Costa Rica

Colectivo de lucha por los derechos de las mujeres y niñas de Liberia, Guanacaste

El Garaje de Tiquicia

Hablemos de Derechos Humanos

Handmaids Costa Rica

Justicia Paz e Integridad de la Creación.Claret, C.R.

MAIZ

Partido Frente Amplio

Peras del Olmo

DEI

Cuba

Somi-Micla. Solidaridad y Misión Claretianos de América

El Salvador

Sindicato de mujeres trabajadoras del hogar remuneradas salvadoreñas. ( SIMUTHRES )

Guatemala

Sanación Ukux

Comité de Unidad Campesina

ATRAHDOM

IM-Defensoras

Honduras

+Diversa

Acción Joven

Agentes de Cambio

AIDEVSH

Alba Esperanza Mejía Medina

APOMUH, ASOCIACION DE APOYO MUTUO ENTRE MUJERES - HONDURAS

As - Asociación de Estudiantes de Trabajo Social

Asociación Educativa "Clementina Suarez" UCS

Asociación intermunicipal de desarrollo y vigilancia social de honduras

Asonog

ASOPODEHU

Barracón Digital

Bufete Justicia para los Pueblos (BJP)

C.N.T.C

CARE Internacional en Honduras

Centro de Derechos de Mujeres

Centro de Estudio para la Democracia

Centro de Estudio y Acción Para El Desarrollo de Honduras

Centro de estudios de la Mujer Honduras CEM-H

Coalición contra la Impunidad

CODECOH

Colectiva de Historiadoras Feministas

Colectiva feminista magdalenas

Colectivo de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores Sociales de Honduras

Comité por la Libre Expresión (C-Libre)

Coordinadora de Organizaciones Populares del Aguan COPA

Dame La Mano HN

DIAKONIA

Ecuménicas por el Derecho a Decidir

EMIH

Festagro

FNRP

FRU

Fundación ETEA

Grupo Sociedad Civil

INEHSCO

Instituto Educación Pública

Justicia Alimentaria VSF

La Insurrecta

La Vía Campesina

MDR

Mesa Nacional de Incidencia para la Gestión del Riesgo Región Occidente MNIGR RO

Movimiento de Mujeres por la paz Visitación Padilla

Movimiento Estudiantil

Movimiento juventud 9/12

Movimiento Madre Tierra Honduras

Mujeres Socialistas de Honduras

Mujeres Unidas entre tierras

OD Media

Oxfam en Honduras

Plataforma 25 de Noviembre Honduras

Plataforma de Adolescentes y Jóvenes por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos de Honduras

Plataforma mesoamericana en resistencia por una vida digna

PolétikaH

Proyecto Paz y Justicia

Radio Progreso-Eric SJ

Red contra la violencia de Choluteca

Red de abogadas defensoras de derechos humanos

Red de Mujeres

Red de mujeres contra la violencia de Intibucá

Red de Mujeres rurales de Ojojona

Red de mujeres Santa Bárbara

Red de Trabajadoras Domésticas

Red de Trabajadoras Domésticas Francisco Morazán

Red Nacional de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en Honduras

Secretaria de Formación de la Juventud Libre

Secretaria de juventud

UDIMUF

Vivir en Xibalbá

Irlanda

Trócaire, Irlanda

Mexico

Consorcio Oaxaca

Juntas en la defensa

Spain

AIPHYC (Asociación Intercultural de Profesionales del Hogar y Profesionales del Hogar y de los Cuidados)

Asociación Valiente Bangla

Cenda de Cuidados

Colectiva Katari

Comunidad Hondureña en España

Mujeres Migrantes Diversas

Plataforma por Honduras en Madrid España

Postory

Red de Hondureñas Migradas - Redhmi

Sindihogar

Territorio Doméstico

Seglares Claretianos

Switzerland

Honduras Forum Switzerland

International Platform Against Impunity

Brücke · Le pont

USA

Network un Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

Migrant Roots Media

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