Thursday, March 4, 2010

Revaluing Women's Work: Ending the Exploitation & Abuse of Domestic Workers

Organization:
Andolan: Organizing South Asian Workers

Description:
Revaluing Women's Work: Ending the Exploitation & Abuse of Domestic Workers
Date & Time: Thursday, March 11, 2010 / 6:00-7:30pm
Location: United Nations Church Center, 10th Floor
777 United Nations Plaza (44th St. and First Avenue), New York, NY

Please join Andolan, Domestic Workers United, DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association, the National Domestic Worker Alliance, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Brown Girls Productions, and the American Civil Liberties Union for an event that will highlight the critical women’s human rights issues facing domestic workers, in conjunction with the 54th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The event will begin with a screening of Behind Closed Doors,a short documentary film about the exploitation and labor trafficking of South Asian women as domestic workers in the United States. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with domestic workers and advocates engaged in local, national, and international movements to protect the human rights of domestic workers and re-value their labor.

During Women's History Month and on International Women's Day, we hope you will join us to discuss the concrete steps that need to be taken to ensure women's human rights!

For decades, nannies, caregivers, and housekeepers have been excluded from most U.S. labor protections – a legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and the undervaluation of women's work; The lack of regulation combined with the isolated nature of domestic work makes these women particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses, breeding the global phenomenon of human trafficking.

As the UN Commission on the Status of Women undertakes a 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, this public forum will call attention to the failure of the U.S. and other governments to live up to their obligations under international human rights law to protect this critical workforce.

The event will begin with a screening of a short documentary film about the exploitation and labor trafficking of South Asian women as domestic workers in the United States:

Behind Closed Doors, a film by Brown Girls Productions

Followed by a panel discussion with domestic workers and advocates engaged in local, national, and international movements to protect the human rights of domestic workers and re-value their labor:

  * NAHAR ALAM, Executive Director of Andolan: Organizing South Asian Workers
  * RAZIAH BEGUM, Domestic Worker and Member of Andolan
  * PRISCILLA GONZALEZ, Director of Domestic Workers United (DWU)
  * ALLISON JULIEN, Domestic Worker and Member of DWU Steering Committee
  * LINDA OALICAN, Domestic Worker, Community Organizer for DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association and Representative for the National Domestic Workers Alliance
  * IVY SURIYOPAS, Staff Attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  * Moderated by ARACELI MARTINEZ-OLGUIN, Staff Attorney at the ACLU Women's Rights Project
  * The filmmakers, PRACHETA SHARMA and JESSICA HOPPER, will introduce the film and be available for questions.

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