Contributions of Migrant Domestic Workers to Sustainable Development
23 April, 2013
Report prepared for UN Women by Nicola Piper (A/Professor in Human Rights) and Sohoon Lee (PhD candidate, Sociology)
Since 2008, UN Women has been increasingly engaged in the Global Forum on Migration and Development process - an annual event established from the outcome of the UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2006 - on the concerns of women migrant workers, especially women migrant domestic workers. Since 2012, the GFMD has engaged with issues concerning migrant domestic workers, and to further this engagement, especially in view of addressing the high levels of abuse, a preparatory meeting for the GFMD meeting in 2012 was held in the Philippines. The meeting was to provide a space for concrete regional and international debate about protections for migrant domestic workers. To support a successful high-level meeting, a tender was published by UN Women in search for a consultant who would develop a policy paper that would act as a backgrounder and issues paper. The University of Sydney’s Nicola Piper was the successful applicant for this tender.
This policy paper has now been released for public distribution. It focuses on issues affecting migrant domestic workers migrating within and from the Asia-Pacific region whilst also taking a global scope. It critically assesses how to best harness the contributions of migrant domestic workers, most of whom are women, to sustainable development in countries of origin and destination. Although coming from a labour perspective, the discussion goes beyond economic contributions by including social remittances and political activism.