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Uniting For Domestic Workers' Rights!  
We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day!
We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on 2016 International Women's Day!
This year, in celebration of March 8 International Women's Day, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our new leaders across the IDWF:
Core to our goals and strategies to build sustainable organizations, the IDWF will continue to build the women’s leadership of domestic workers. To support our affiliates to do it well, this year the IDWF will produce two tool kits on strategic planning and political education and hold two training-of-trainers regional workshops. 

In 2015, over 3,000 domestic workers have participated in various training activities of the IDWF and its affiliates, and 40,348 domestic workers were recruited as new members. The IDWF is proud to be led by them. With such organizing, our future is hopeful. On this International Women's Day, we salute these leaders and the many contributions they are bringing to the movement. 
Ruth Khakame
Ruth Khakame:  Ruth is a rising domestic worker leader in KUDHEIHA (Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers. She has been a domestic worker for 7 years. She joined the union in 2013 in the Nairobi branch, in 2014 she was elected chairperson of the National Council of Domestic Workers in KUDHEIHA, and she is a board member of KUDHEIHA representing the sector.

She said, as a leader "I would like to revive the branches in different areas to be active, make sure that our data base of membership is updated with paid membership, liaise with KUDHEIHA to reach the unreached, and lastly, advocate for the ratification of C189." 
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Kyan Par
Kyan Par: Kyan Par joined the Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand in Dec 2014, and was soon elected as the President of the Network of Migrant Domestic Workers (MDW) in Thailand. In three months’ time, they had organized 79 dues-paying Burmese migrant domestic workers.

Once she was elected as the president of the Network of MDW, her first priority was to gain membership. She let everyone know their responsibility as leaders – everybody needs to ask their friends to join the Network. By February 2016, the Network had 558 dues-paying members (all domestic workers), including 140 Burmese.

Kyan Par herself has a long story. She has been working as a domestic worker in Thailand for 23 years since she was 17 years old. Her father passed away when she was five. Her mother alone took care of nine children. Since seven years old, she always wanted to go to Thailand to work. “Growing up with my mother, I think I have to help her. I wanted so much to get myself to Bangkok to work,” Kyan Par recalls. 
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Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez
Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez: IDWF is happy to welcome Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez as a replacement for Giuliana Mesina on the Executive Committee.

Wendy was born is a citizen of Ecuador. She has a degree in business engineering. She is a Spanish native speaker but speaks also excellent Italian and has a basic knowledge of English. Wendy is currently a union officer in FILCAMS Perugia and one of her responsibilities is the "migrant work project". Wendy has performed many jobs in her life, including: babysitting, assistance of elderly people, cleaning services and assistance in hospitals. 
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Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar
Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar: Ana Laura, born October 23, 1975 in Mexico City to parents from Oaxaca, a southern Mexican state. She began working as a domestic worker at the age of 13 for a 3 member family where she didn’t even have a place to sleep other than the floor of the living room.

In search of better quality of life and work, she found CACEH in it’s early days in 2002, where she was connected with the job that she still holds today. Since 2002 Laura has done training in worker rights, as well as other training to receive her labor certification, including Health and Nutrition, Human Rights, Gender, Leadership, and Trade Unionism. Her capacity building has been paired with ongoing organizing and struggle for domestic worker rights to be respected and recognized.

The work that she has been a part of building since 2002 bore fruit in 2015 with the constitution of the first national domestic workers union, SINACTRAHO, where she is one of three Collegial General Secretaries.  
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Dorothy Bolden Fellowship
National Domestic Worker’s Alliance (USA) is excited to introduce you to Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien, Fellows of the newly established Dorothy Bolden Fellowship. Dorothy Bolden organized National Domestic Workers Union of America, which grew to 30,000 predominantly African-American members during the 1960s and 70s, and successfully increased domestic workers’ wages, and won inclusion in Social Security and workers’ compensation.
Gilda Blanco
Gilda Blanco: Gilda is a housecleaner who came to the United States in 2008 from Livingston, Guatemala — the cradle of Garifuna culture in the region. Since 2009, she has been organizing domestic worker leaders at Casa Seattle in Washington State. For Gilda, this fellowship is an opportunity to both grow personally as a leader and to ensure that Dorothy’s powerful legacy helps to shape the future of all domestic worker leaders in the United States.   More >>>
Allison Julien
Allison Julien: Allison migrated from Barbados and has been a nanny in New York City for 25 years. She was a leader in the successful campaign to pass the New York State Bill of Rights and was a founding member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance in 2007. She currently organizes domestic workers with the New York chapter of We Dream In Black, our dynamic new capacity building program for Black domestic workers. More >>> 
 
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