On 26-30 November 2012, social movements from 54 countries gathered together in Manila for the 5th World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM). Civil society organizations, domestic workers groups, trade unions, faith-based organizations and other social movements in the defense of domestic workers’ rights took the opportunity to network and build alliances by facilitating three workshops focusing on issues around domestic workers. The series of workshops were meant to:
- Bring in the issue of domestic work in the largest global convening of various stakeholders working directly in the field of migration
- Build and strengthen global consensus on the issue of protection and empowerment of domestic workers
- Secure global support for the ratification of ILO Convention 189
The workshop organizers included: Association of Major Religious Superior of the Philippines; Center for Migrants Concerns (AMRSP-CMC); Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL); Bread for the World; Federation of Free Workers (FFW); German Commission for Justice and Peace (GCJP); Global Network (GN); International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN); International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC); International Trade Union Confederation; Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP); Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA); National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM); Women & Global Migration Working Group (WGMWG); Philippine Technical Working Group (DomWork); SUMAPI; Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) & Visayan Forum.