Domestic workers empowerment programme

Partners' Meeting and Assessment Session on the Implementation of the Domestic Workers Empowerment Programme (DWEP)

The ILO and Blas Ople Policy Center and Training Institute jointly organized a two-day culminating activity to convene implementing partners of the Domestic Workers Empowerment Programme (DWEP) in the country and provide a platform for sharing lessons from implementation that seeks to address the vulnerabilities of domestic workers by focusing on self-empowerment and economic rights of domestic workers.

The partners meeting aims to provide DWEP implementing agencies with a platform to share information and collectively assess the various strategies and approaches of these institutions in implementing DWEP. It also aims to generate lessons and gains, as well as recommendations on how to improve the toolkit and follow-through activities.

DWEP is designed to help transition domestic workers into higher-paying endeavors – either as more skilled domestic worker, as an entrepreneur, or in an entirely different field. The program offers low – cost and easy to organize training programmes that could be customized to meet the demanding schedules of domestic workers. The training could also be utilized as a tool for forging social solidarity with other domestic workers towards their formation into self-help associations or unions.

A total of 50 stakeholders and implementing partners joined the activity from various groups: trade unions, civil society organizations, local government units, local domestic workers and migrant domestic workers who attended the DWEP trainings.