Dimapur, May 15: International Domestic Workers Day was celebrated at the Assisi Auditorium, Lake View Colony, which organized by the National Domestic Workers Movement – Nagaland region in collaboration with Assisi Centre for Integrated Development (ACID) and All Nagaland Domestic Workers’ Union (ANDWU).
Speaking on the occasion as Special Invitee, Project officer and Secretary, Nagaland Construction Worker’s Welfare Board, T Chubayanger said that though there is no law formulated still to protect the domestic workers, atrocities, discrimination, physical assault and molestation falls within the category of Indian laws and action should be taken against the perpetrators of such inhuman crimes upon these marginalized people.
He exhorted a large gathering of domestic workers citing many references and case studies to take up efforts to stand for their rights. He said that there should be an organised work contract between the domestic workers and the employers.
He urged them to resist any forms of injustice meted out to them. He said, “None should remain silenct. Fight for your rights, don’t sit silent”.
He stated that in case of any sort of injustice upon them they can dial 181 Emergency toll free Women Helpline number and can also contact the legal advisor of the Domestic Workers Union.
Speaking on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner, EAC Dimapur, Avonuo Kire, stated that due to unavoidable circumstances, the DC was not able to attend the function and had conveyed his heart felt wishes to all the domestic workers on this great day.
She said the contributions of domestic workers are enormous and the society needs to rethink on their rights. She said, “They should get their due share. Employers should also regard the domestic workers as humans and treat them well”.
Avonuo commended the domestic workers movement. She said, “Celebrate your day. Do learn of your rights and fight for your rights”. She congratulated and thanked all the domestic workers for their great contributions.
Some cultural dances and plays depicting the untold sufferings of the daily lives of domestic workers were performed by school children.
Earlier, in her welcome address Sr. Pramila Lobo, NDWM Coordinator welcomed the dignitaries and the large gatherings. She detailed out the pathetic life of domestic workers and their vulnerability every now and then at the hands of employers. She thanked all the responsible Individuals for taking up every effort to safeguards the rights of domestic workers.
(Page News Service)