ASIA PACIFIC -
More than 21 million people across Asia and the Pacific – 80 per cent of them women – are employed as domestic workers, according to a new report by the ILO.
But although Asia Pacific has more domestic workers than any other part of the world, the report found that the region lags other regions in guaranteeing domestic workers the basic work-related rights and protections that other workers have.
"Excluding domestic workers from basic labour protection reflects an out-dated view that domestic work is somehow not real work", said Malte Luebker, a Senior Specialist at the ILO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and a principal author of the report. "We must recognize that domestic workers don't just care for families, but create value for the economy by allowing more workers, often with valuable skills, to leave the house and take up paid work. Domestic workers clearly deserve a better deal".