PRESS STATEMENT: 28 NOVEMBER 2012
Today, Oxfam Ireland’s Ending Poverty Starts With Women campaign came out in support of the ratification of the domestic workers convention. Ciara Gaynor, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator at Oxfam Ireland, said:
"Gender inequality is the most fundamental obstacle to the eradication of poverty. The disproportionate impact of poverty on women and girls is no accident but rather the result of discrimination and the denial of women's basic human rights. As part of Oxfam Ireland's Ending Poverty Starts With Women campaign, we welcome the call by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland for the ratification of ILO Convention 189.
Domestic work is a rapidly growing sector and 80% of the world's domestic workers are women and girls. However, despite the essential role they play in society these women and girls are often vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Ratification will help establish stronger laws to protect the rights of domestic workers in Ireland and internationally."
We are delighted to have Oxfam Ireland supporting our call for the introduction of laws to strengthen rights for domestic workers. There is still time to show your support by signing the petition.