Domestic Workers Forum (DWF) – a Unit of Chetanalaya as a community based organization is being poised itself to be a truly representative body of domestic workers. It obliges itself towards the goal that women domestic workers, working in the households of Delhi, live a dignified life. Nevertheless they also become ambassadors of their own rights and dignity.
In order to achieve the goal we set out three major outputs towards which we are progressing and struggling to meet the outputs. These outputs are: Initiation and capacity building of a forum of stakeholders under the leadership of the domestic workers; Mainstreaming the women domestic workers in Delhi and NCR as ambassadors of their dignity and rights of various levels of society and government; and Strengthening the community structures of panchayats in the place of origin (Assam and Jharkhand) for prevention of human trafficking.
About 3000 domestic workers have taken formal membership and more than 10000 DWs reached through various programs such as Rallies, Protests, Meetings, Networking meetings, etc. 180 Micro Groups formed out of which 40 micro groups organize meetings on their own on a regular basis. Sunday Gatherings are organized in various parishes after the service which generates awareness of their rights and dignity vis-à-vis promotes membership. Zonal Gatherings are organized which serves the purpose of Zonal level leadership quality.
As part of the ongoing capacity building porgramme, more than 100 group leaders are given Leadership Training. Secretariat staff which includes zonal coordinators and Drop-in Center coordinator is given trainings at different levels. Regular Staff Members are conducted on every Monday
The efforts to motivate the placement agencies are made through one to one meetings and consultations with them. We organize consultations at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, Punjabi Bagh, Jasola and Kotla Mubarakpur. We are currently networking with 55 placement agencies Exposure Visit to Place of Origins are made.
The issues chosen for advocacy this year are : India support ILO Convention held on June 2011 at Genewa; Making of National Policy exclusively for Domestic Workers and Inclusion of Domestic Workers in Sexual Harassment Bill 2010 tabled in the Parliament. In support of these demands the Forum carried out advocacy through Post Card Campaigns, Signature Campaigns and Knock the Door Campaign.
Domestic workers forum rescues domestic workers from abusive and trafficking and assists them to change their employers or reintegrates them with their loved ones. During this operations, counseling and legal advice to Domestic workers are given.