The theme of the upcoming session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. In a written statement ahead of the meeting, we emphasize the urgent need for UN Member States to ensure human rights and decent working conditions for female domestic workers all over the world.

The Commission on the Status of Women is the international summit on women’s rights. The 61st session will be held in New York, March 13 – 24 2017. Ahead of the meeting, the Swedish Women’s Lobby has submitted a written statement together with the European Women’s Lobby, European Network of Migrant Women and the Swedish National Federation of International Immigrant Women Associations.

Domestic workers all over the world are targeted to violence and other human rights abuses. It is estimated that at least 80 percent of all domestic workers are women. In the common statement, we call on UN Member States to ratify and implement the ILO Convention 189 on domestic work, and to ensure decent working conditions and human rights for female migrant and domestic workers.

Read the full statement here.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission’s mandate is to take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities. Every year, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at the UN headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide. More information about CSW can be found at UN Women’s website.