Both Cambodia and many countries in the world did not recognize domestic work as work and they continue to exclude them from their labor protection. Domestic works were dominated by female’s workers, especially young female migrant workers from the rural area.
In Cambodia due to the need of local domestic work and migrant domestic workers abroad, younger and younger female migrant workers from the rural area who are also under the minimum age fall into domestic work industry.
In Cambodia event the labor law which was adopted since 1997 provided definition on domestic servant but at this law also excludes protection of domestic workers to enjoy those rights like other workers, especially rights for minimum wage, eight working hour standards, and maternity leave…etc.
This exclusion result of lacking protections and leave hundred thousand of Cambodian domestic workers, both in Cambodia and abroad fall into the situation of exploited and abused.
The adoption of ILO Convention 189—Decent Work for Domestic Workers on June 16th 2011 is a landmark victory towards securing the rights of domestic workers. This Convention recognizes domestic workers as workers, with rights that are equal to those of all other workers regardless of citizenship or legal status, especially we all understand that the right of domestic workers is women rights and human rights.
Owning to this issue, on the occasion of 102th anniversary of the International Women's Day, March 8th 2013, we are the domestic workers, workers from garment and textile industry, workers from tourist, food and services, government servants, motor taxi, Tuk Tuk drivers, farmers, youths and civil societies in Cambodia appeal to the government of Cambodia to take some measure both administrative and legal measures to promote and protect the rights of our beloved domestic workers as follow:
Cambodian Domestic Worker Network (CDWN)
Cambodian Working Group on Domestic Worker (CWGDW) – Cambodia
Cambodian Food and Service Worker Federation (CFSWF) – Cambodia
Cambodian Independence Civil-servant Association (CICA) – Cambodia
Cambodian Youth Network (CYN) – Cambodia
Cambodian Worker Center for Development (CWCD) – Cambodia
Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (CCFC) –Cambodia
Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) – Cambodia
International Domestic Workers' Network (IDWN) – International