About the Guide

Thank you for visiting this website which is an online version of the Information Guide for Migrant Domestic Workers. In Lebanon, the International Labour Organization has engaged in a participatory policy dialogue with the Lebanese authorities and civil society to ensure terms and conditions of decent work for women migrant domestic workers. As a result, this Information Guide for Migrant Domestic Workers is a joint effort of the members of the National Steering Committee on Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon, which was established in April 2007 under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour.

Labour migration, if well-managed, can be beneficial to both sending and receiving countries, as it provides jobs and employment opportunities for millions of women and men from the sending countries, and contributes to economic growth in the receiving countries.

Today, half of the 90 million migrant workers in the world are women. There are significant differences in the labour patterns of women and men in countries of destination. In the case of women, the jobs available are mostly an extension of what is considered “women’s care work” in the household in the form of domestic work, child care, and sick and elderly care. Despite the many challenges that migrant workers might face while leaving their countries to work abroad, labour migration can also be empowering for women and men by increasing their self-esteem, and economic independence.

At the global level, an International Convention supplemented by a Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers has been adopted during the 100th Session of the International Labour Conference in June 2011. These new international labour standards are historic steps toward protecting the rights of domestic workers.

We hope this online Information guide will serve to improve the wellbeing of the migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.

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