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Domestic Workers' Union in Lebanon

  • Responsible Organisations: International Labour Organization (ILO) (International Organisation); National Federation of Employees' and Workers' Union in Lebanon (Trade Union); KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation (Civil society); Insan Association (Civil society); Nasawiya (Civil society); Frontiers Ruwad Association (Civil society); International Domestic Workers' Federation (IDWF) (International Organisation); International Domestic Workers' Federation (IDWF) (International Organisation)
  • ILO Regions: Arab States
  • Country(ies): Lebanon
  • Thematic areas: Strengthening workers' and employers' organisations
  • MLFLM: 2.; 6.
  • Sectors: Domestic work


In late 2012, the EU- and SDC-funded ILO Action Programme for Protecting the Rights of Women Migrant Domestic Workers (PROWD) implemented a participatory action research (PAR) with women migrant domestic workers, four NGOs (i.e., Nasawiya's Anti-Racism Movement, Insan Association, Frontiers Ruwad (FR), Kafa (Enough Violence & Exploitation), the National Federation of Employees' and Workers' Unions in Lebanon (FENASOL) and the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). The PAR extended between the months of May 2012 and January 2014 (a total of 20 months) with three main objectives: (i) raising workers' consciousness among WMDWs in Lebanon to encourage their active participation in advocacy campaigns; (ii) encouraging collaboration between WMDWs, unions, and NGOs over priorities and interventions; and (iii) creating synergies with the global domestic workers' movement. The 79 participating domestic workers provided the critical mass/membership required for the establishment of FENASOL's Founding Committee for a Union of Domestic Workers (FCUDWs) which was formally founded within the structure of FENASOL in January 2015.


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