Right now, Amnesty International are on a mission to Indonesia. Why? To help end the exploitation of over 2.6 million women and girls – some as young as 12 years old – who cook, wash and clean for their employers without proper legal protection.
If domestic workers in private homes become sick, they don’t get paid. If they’re injured at work, they risk losing their jobs. They don’t have a minimum wage, and they’re not entitled to sick leave, holidays or maternity leave. Worst of all, some suffer physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their employer.
The good news is that Indonesia has drafted a new law – the Domestic Workers Bill – that will make employers responsible for treating their workers properly. Yet it’s been delayed several times, and politicians continue to postpone its passage through parliament.
Today, on International Women’s Day, Amnesty is putting pressure on Indonesian officials to push through the Domestic Workers Bill. I’ve signed a petition to support Amnesty’s campaign and you can too.