Egypt: Calls to review the Domestic Workers Convention – C189

In light of human rights activism and pressure since 2016 on Egyptian authorities to put an end to migrating domestic workers, a group of human rights and civil society organizations started an initiative entitled “Towards a safe work environment for women” in 2018. The initiative took place due to the absence of a unified labour law that protects the rights of domestic workers in Egypt from violations. The precedent initiatives mainly address employers abroad instead of female workers in the country and their rights.

Jordan: UNRWA workers threaten with a strike

The General Conference of the trade union of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced starting a ‘warning’ strike on December 2 before going into a comprehensive and open strike. The decision came as a protest against the agency’s failure to respond to the workers’ demands.