• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 12/18/2013

Plight of child domestic workers addressed in 2011 ILO Convention  

In June 2011, the new ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers was adopted and has since been ratified by 10 countries. This has the potential to benefit 15.5 million CDWs globally. Anti‐Slavery International’s role was instrumental in obtaining recognition and inclusion of the plight of child domestic workers in the Convention as one of only two International NGOs with this focus.
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Key elements of context


  • In 2008 domestic work was placed as an item on the agenda of the June 2010 International Labour Conference (ILC)
  • The conference set up a committee to discuss the need for an instrument, what form it should take and its content
  • A consultation process with the tripartite constituents (employers, workers and governments) would follow to begin to establish what the instrument should be


Theory of Change


The theory of change behind advocating for the adoption of the Convention was that once in place the Convention would provide international leverage to push for national level policies to protect child domestic workers. As such an ILO instrument would have the potential to impact on the estimated 15.5 million child domestic workers globally. Anti‐Slavery International as one of two INGOs (alongside Human Rights Watch) that lead on the CDW issue, aimed to engage in the consultation process about domestic work and influence what form the instrument should take. Following the first ILC, and the agreement that it would be a Convention and a recommendation, advocacy focused on influencing the content of the Articles and ensuring that they represented the needs of child domestic workers.