The International Labor Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention has been added to the priority conventions for the Southern African Development Community (SADC), according to an official Friday.
The Chair of the SADC Employment and Labor Sector, Erkki Nghimtina during the SADC Regional ILO centenary celebrations which coincides with International Women’s Day in a statement Friday said, the Convention addresses the exclusions of domestic workers from labor and social protection.
“Today, March 8 is also the International Women’s Day. As a sector, we commit to ensure gender equality,” he added.
Nghimtina who also serves as Namibia’s Minister of Labor said the ratification and implementation of Convention no. 189 on Domestic Workers will advance gender equality in the world of work.
“Women often carry out care and domestic responsibilities yet their labor is not accounted for. One of the recommendations from the Global Commission’s Report is the implementation of a transformative and measurable agenda for gender equality,” he added.
Currently domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment and are among the most vulnerable groups of workers. Enditem