Myrtle Witbooi

International Domestic Workers Federation (South Africa)

The Problem

All workers in the formal sector enjoy legal protection of their rights. Exclusion of domestic workers in legal protection and social securities prevails. Sometimes it is due to non-enforcement of laws and sometimes it is due to outright exclusion in the legislation or law themselves.

The Solution

IDWF, South Africa aims to make sure that all domestic workers are covered by the occupational health and safety law in the next 2 years.  To do this, they are mobilizing domestic workers to join the organization and are partnering with government, business organizations, employers and other stakeholders in the community such as schools, religious organizations, women organizations, etc.