Published: 07/03/2013

The International Domestic Workers’ Network, IDWN, has been awarded the 2013 AFL-CIO George Meany – Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award. The award, created in1980, celebrates outstanding examples of the international struggle for human rights through trade unions. The award to the IDWN is “in recognition of the groundbreaking efforts of domestic workers worldwide to organize for greater awareness of and respect for their work, their historic success in the adoption of the ILO convention and their commitment to support, expand and build the global labor movement”.
In the notification of the award, Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO commented “IDWN’s work continues to inspire workers worldwide”.
The IDWN chair, Myrtle Witbooi, and international coordinator, Elizabeth Tang, will receive the award on behalf of the domestic workers at a ceremony during the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles in September.