[colombiamigra] Fwd: PRESS RELEASE Women's Day: PICUM Workshop Report on Undocumented Women

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Anne Gincel Collazos
Profesora de sociología
Escuela de Ciencias Humanas
Universidad del Rosario
Bogotá - Colombia
tél: +57.1.341 40 06 ext.203

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Objet: PRESS RELEASE Women's Day: PICUM Workshop Report on Undocumented Women


PICUM — The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

Brussels, 8th March 2011 PRESS RELEASE 

100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day Marks Day of Action for 
Exploited and Abused Undocumented Migrant Women in Europe 

On this significant anniversary, PICUM brings together the voices of more than 
100 migrant women, NGOs, trade unions, and governmental officials from across 
Europe to highlight how undocumented migrant women working in Europe’s 
households are often denied the most basic protections from exploitation and 
abuse with the release of its report “Violence and Exploitation of Undocumented 
Migrant Women: Building Strategies to End Impunity” . 

While maintaining Europe’s homes and caring for its most vulnerable members of 
society, such as children and the elderly, undocumented migrant domestic 
workers risk long working hours, non-payment of wages, and the confiscation of 
their passports. 

“Our policies deny them a way out and our laws criminalise them if they flee”, 
reports Eve Geddie, who is leading PICUM’s work on undocumented women. “In 
Europe, employers are granted complete control of their domestic workers’ legal 
status, but as private homes are largely exempt from workplace inspections, 
little attempt is made to check for cases of exploitation and abuse". 

Olga, an undocumented migrant worker from Ukraine, found herself in situation 
of exploitation, working for a celebrity in Poland. “Now when I think of it, I 
cannot believe I survived. I couldn’t go out. They confiscated my passport. No 
contacts with friends and family. I was hardly allowed to eat. Each week all I 
was given was one loaf of wholemeal bread and a pack of margarine. I woke up at 
6 am and worked until 12 pm. When the lady came home from work, it did not 
matter how late it was, I was supposed to open the door of her car, take her 
things, bring them to the kitchen, put things on their places, untie her 
shoelaces, help her undr ess.” 

Undocumented migrant domestic workers in exploitative situations often have no 
way out. Workers can easily become undocumented with little chance to 
re-regularise their situation and in the worst cases, employers purposely cause 
their workers to become irregular so they are easier to manipulate. Without a 
transparent set of rights for domestic workers, private homes become for 
undocumented migrant women among the most dangerous places to work in Europe. 

PICUM’s report illustrates the extremely worrying situation across the EU , 
where national laws and policies openly discriminate against undocumented 
migrant women: 

-- Many EU countries lack a definition of ‘domestic work’ or ‘workplace’ which 
has been described as a ‘black hole in legislation’ by advocates. 

-- In Belgium and the United Kingdom, labour inspectors require a police 
warrant before entering a private home, meaning that exploitative employers are 
essentially protected from such control. 

-- In Spain, labour law forbids the firing of a woman due to her pregnancy, but 
this legal provision does not apply to domestic workers, an estimated 60% of 
whom are migrant women. 

-- Diplomatic immunity presents a significant challenge as diplomats can invoke 
their immunity to avoid prosecution for exploitation of domestic workers. 2011 
marks both the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the 100th 
Session of the International Labour Conference of the International Labour 
Organisation (ILO). Linking this focus on women’s rights and labour rights, 
migrant domestic workers around the world have called for an international day 
of mobilisation to raise support for the development of an international 
standard in the ILO to guarantee decent work for domestic workers. 

In order to address the often hidden and undervalued nature of domestic work, 
it is essential that Member States of the European Union support the drafting 
process of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention and 
Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers by affirming the right of 
migrant domestic workers to fair pay and conditions regardless of their 
administrative status. 

PICUM is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that aims to promote respect for 
the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe. 

PICUM's bulletin is currently the only information source dedicated to 
exclusively reporting on the situation of undocumented migrants in Europe. 

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