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About Us.

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 16 states of India, engaging nearly 200,000 domestic workers in major cities, towns and villages. Read more…

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 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.

Our Leadership

Board of Trustees

Felix D’Souza
Felix D’Souza has championed the cause of workers’ rights in the city of Mumbai, over the last three decades. He has distinguished himself as an able administrator for the National Domestic Workers’ Movement. As an effective motivational speaker, he relishes the opportunities to dialogue firsthand with groups of domestic workers and child rights group members, on his tours all around the country.

Lancy Pinto

Maggie Fernandes

Christin Mary
Sr. Christin Mary has been a part of the movement to organize domestic workers and protect the rights of the children since 2006. The Movement’s involvement with Domestic Workers has grown under her leadership first as a State Coordinator of Maharashtra and now the National Coordinator for National Domestic Workers’ Movement’s operations in the 17 states. She strongly believes in a rights based approach towards empowering domestic workers.

National Core Team

Christin Mary
Sr. Christin Mary has been a part of the movement to organize domestic workers and protect the rights of the children since 2006. The Movement’s involvement with Domestic Workers has grown under her leadership first as a State Coordinator of Maharashtra and now the National Coordinator for National Domestic Workers’ Movement’s operations in the 17 states. She strongly believes in a rights based approach towards empowering domestic workers.

Amala Valarmathi

Lima Rose

Awards

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