National Domestic Workers’ Movement

The National Domestic Workers’ Movement [Registered as National Domestic Workers’ Welfare Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950, Regd. No. E-17253- (Mumbai)] has been at the forefront of championing the rights of domestic workers, children in domestic work and migrant domestic workers, since 1985. Today our work is spread across 17 states of India, engaging nearly  200,000 domestic workers in major cities, towns and villages.

NDWM encourages empowerment of domestic workers through solidarity, participation and leadership training. Together we work for the labour rights of domestic workers, seeking dignity and justice. While lobbying with Government to pass comprehensive legislation for protecting their rights, we also create strong public awareness to enable domestic workers to achieve a healthy recognition in society.

Over 30 years NDWM has achieved several gains for domestic workers and we are committed to continuing our work until every domestic worker is able to enjoy a life of dignity and justice with full rights as a worker.

Our Vision

To create a just society for all domestic workers, where they are treated with dignity and justice, their rights are upheld, their contribution recognized and their voices heard. We also envision a society where child domestic work is completely abolished and children in work enjoy mainstream education and fuller childhood.

Our Mission

As a Movement we commit ourselves to promote and ensure participation of domestic workers in their struggle for rights and justice. We empower domestic workers to fight against all forms of injustice and discrimination.

Our Objectives

  • Promotion of decent work and safe working conditions for all domestic workers
  • Protection of domestic workers against violation of their rights.
  • Capacity building and empowerment of domestic workers for participation in the struggle for justice
  • Promotion of decent social protection for domestic workers and migrant workers.
  • Promotion of safe migration and trafficking prevention to counteract forced labour of women and children.
  • Promotion of the Child Rights Movement (CRM) to advance empowerment and child participation in decision making among child domestic workers.
  • Crisis intervention and re-integration programs for victims of abuse.
  • Networking at local, national and international levels for policy and legislative inclusion of domestic workers.

“I felt that my actions should empower the most vulnerable and discriminated. For this reason I opted for domestic workers, be it women or children, because they had no voice, no rights, which is my understanding of slavery. What got me working was the inhuman situation of those women and children. It touched and hurt me as a woman. The urgency started after meeting a 13-year-old girl who was raped, pregnant, and had aborted, without understanding what had happened to her”

– Dr. (Sr.) Jeanne Devos (Founder)

Domestic Workers


Child Domestic Workers