Policy for domestic workers, ”a matter of urgency” says ILO

Domestic workers in India have more than doubled in number since 2005. Talking to BBC World News, ILO's, Tine Staermose stressed the importance of policies aimed at protecting a very vulnerable section of the society. India's domestic workers are considered to ''uphold the economy'', with a rising population of over 10 million. Making decent work a reality for domestic workers worldwide: Domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment … [Read more...]

Isabel Allende – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of one of world's greatest artists, a humble woman that lived in anonymity, devoting her creativity, passion and vision for a world of peace to paper, an author of tens of books, plays, and more ... for the betterment of women. She fights for the freedom of girls taken into the dark world of Human Trafficking: Protection from violence, exploitation and/or discrimination. Her vision includes empowerment of women and girls and … [Read more...]

HIV, Women everywhere have the right to informed consent

“Ability to reproduce plays a major role in women’s status, position in society”. When in January 2008, staff from the International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW) initiated a series of focus group discussions with women living with HIV in Namibia about their experiences they were far from imagining what they would uncover. Of the 230 women interviewed, most reported some form of discrimination in health services and nearly 20% stated that they had been coerced or forced into … [Read more...]

A step forward against HIV abuses | Jeffrey O’Malley

In a landmark but little noticed decision, a Namibian court ruled this week that state hospitals illegally sterilized three HIV-positive women. While the judge found no link to their HIV-positive status, his decision paves the way for legal action by other women who claim they were coerced into sterilization because they are infected with the virus that causes AIDS, as part of an effort to slow its spread in the southern African country. The women said they were given forms authorizing the … [Read more...]

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