About Us

Our History

For three decades NDWM has championed the cause of domestic workers in India, and led a strong grass roots movement to understand their challenges and address the problems they face. It initially started by working on three major issues faced by the domestic workers, namely :

  • The stigmatization of domestic workers and their work
  • Total absence of rights and legal protection
  • Absence of training, support and bargaining power.

These challenges led to the three objectives of the movement that we pursue till today and which have become more meaningful than ever:

  • Dignity for Domestic Work and Domestic Workers
  • Rights and Legal Protection
  • Support and Empowerment

Our Leadership


Board of Trustees

National Core Team

Advisory Committee

In our many efforts to empower the domestic workers which is the main objective of NDWM, the leadership of NDWM felt that we must involve the domestic workers in the high level forum of NDWM in terms of decision making, participating in the process of planning, implementing and the evaluation of the activities of the movement and take up the responsibilities in joining the States teams.

State Offices

The National Domestic Workers’ Movement (NDWM) has grown to reach out to over 0.2 million domestic workers in 17 states of India. NDWM is engaged in working with domestic workers – live-in, part-time/live-out, migrants and child domestic workers. Each region is involved in its own process planning, monitoring and evaluation. The National Office is in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Our Partners

Conrad Hilton Fund for Sisters:

A visionary businessman responsible for building the American international hotel company, Conrad N. Hilton was also a visionary philanthropist committed to world peace and economic stability.  In 1986 the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation established the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters in accordance with his Last Will. The collaboration between CNH Fund for Sisters and the NDWM has brought tremendous change and has contributed substantially to the alleviation of poverty in the country and the mainstream education particularly for girl children among the poorest of the poor.

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Anti-Slavery International

Anti-Slavery International, founded in 1839, is the world’s oldest international human rights organisation. It works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.

World Solidarity, Belgium

World Solidarity (Wereld solidariteit, WS) is a Belgian non-governmental development organization that supports local social movements in the Global South, including unions and youth groups, and raises awareness in Belgium about sustainable development and just trade. WS gives aid to local groups that work to achieve universal access to health care, unite the weakest members of society, provide disaster relief in emergencies, and give small loans to support new businesses. The group puts an emphasis on mutuality and works to help establish a cooperative relationship between all of the programs that they support in the Global South.

ACV-CSC F & S, Belgium

The International Programme of the ACV-CSC works towards strengthening of grassroots trade unionism. They cooperate with other social movements and non-governmental organisations to work together in the alternative globalisation movement and  help strengthen the position of civil society as a whole.

Global Fund for Women

We invest in rights by getting money and support to women-led organizations that are fighting for justice in their own communities. We support women’s organizations that are striving to become more effective in their fight for gender equality. That means providing resources beyond money, such as information and training on how to raise money, how to reach more supporters, and how to use technology to broaden their reach and impact.

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DanChurchAid’s aim is to strengthen the world’s poorest people in their struggle for a life in dignity. They cooperate with numerous local partners, other national and church organisations as well as international networks.

As a part of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) – an alliance that consists of more than 100 churches and humanitarian organisations across the world, they make up for one of the world’s five largest NGOs.


Indika Alliance

The Indika Alliance is a Minneapolis based 501(c) (3) nonprofit that works to improve the lives of girls and women in domestic work in India. This is done through awareness building, advocacy and fundraising in the United States, and facilitating cross-cultural advocacy among young people in both countries.


Sr. Jeanne Devos has been honoured with many awards for her remarkable dedicated service to humanity.

In February 2000 she was awarded the ‘Peace prize’ in Belgium by national consensus and Priyadarshini Award in 2012. She was one of the 1000 Women for Peace nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005