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Belgian nun helps two million domestic workers in India regain dignity and rights
In 1985, Sister Jeane Devos founded the National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM), an organisation that now has 53 branches in 23 states. Domestic workers are often denied their rights, underpaid and treated like animals. A domestic worker in Tamil Nadu recounts how she was not treated as a human being but thanks to the NDWM, her situation improved.
Dinajpur celebrates Sister Gaetanina, 50 years in the service of the Bengali Church
The religious belongs to of Catechist Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Angels founded in 1951 by then Bishop Joseph Obert, PIME. For 16 years, she led the sisters, pushing for more education and a greater role in society. In a male-dominated society, she managed to hold fast to her vocation and boost the contribution of women to the Church and the country.
UN believes China might abolish forced labour
International Labour Organisation says the Communist government is planning to abandon its ‘re-education through labour’ policy. But for a China Labour Bulletin official there is no real sign of change.
24/11/2009 MYANMAR – INDIA
Useless UN and ILO rituals bring no change, Burmese dissidents says
Tint Swe, a member of Burma’s government-in-exile, says that reports on forced labour and non-binding resolutions against the junta are ineffective tools against Myanmar’s military leadership. The support of China, India and Russia guarantee impunity to country’s junta. The people of Burma are under no illusions.
Globalisation should not undermine the right to 'decent work', says the Holy See
Unfair financial and trade liberalisation are undercutting access to 'decent work' which can promote human dignity for all, immigrants included. Workers' exploitation today means 270 million work accidents.
Myanmar wants to quit ILO
The ruling military junta in former Burma has said it wants to leave the ILO but no official letter of notice has been submitted as yet.
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