10 Domestic Workers Movement - Fr. Felix D'Souza

posted Apr 24, 2019, 6:50 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 6:50 AM ]
A journey towards justice, dignity and empowerment

National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM) was initiated around the year 1985 by Sr Jeanne Devos, icm, in order to coordinate the domestic worker groups at the national level. The National office is at Mazagaon, Mumbai and the National President is Fr Felix D'Souza of the Archdiocese of Bombay. NDWM functions under the CBCI Labour Commission as an expression of the concern of the Church for marginalised people. It enjoys the support of the diocesan authorities, numerous priests and religious, and a vast army of secular groups. The numerous activities and programmes are coordinated by the National Office, and Sr Christy icm (Executive member) has now been representing the Movement (Sr Jeanne was the representative until her retirement) at the government official meetings, as well as for international gatherings of unorganized workers. Currently, 17 states in India belong to the Movement. The celebration of International Domestic Workers (IDW) Day is one among the many events organised by the centres; some of the efforts at the various state levels are presented below:

1. Nagaland:

Around 600 Domestic workers of Dimapur converged to commemorate a day dedicated to them as a day of solidarity to protest the discrimination they face at their workplace.

2. Maharashtra:

Every year, NDWM Maharashtra celebrates IDW Day with new ideas to put forward its demands before the government. The main topic of this meeting was to pressurise the government to ratify ILO C 189. The Chief Guest at the event assured them that he would raise the issue of domestic workers in the Rajya Sabha.