The 2nd ADWA is a follow up to the first Asian Migrant Domestic Workers Assembly held in Manila Philippines, on 16-17 June 2007. The 2007 assembly in Manila paved the way for the creation of the Asian Domestic Workers Alliance (ADWA), a joint Asian regional platform to promote the rights, welfare and empowerment of migrant domestic workers (MDWs). This 2nd Assembly aims to collectively discuss and finalize the formation of the ADWA Steering Committee; to finalize and adopt a Strategic Action Plan of ADWA; also to analyze gains/successes, gaps/needs, challenges, opportunities and difficulties/obstacles to organizing work, advocacy and empowerment of MDWs.
MFA recognizes the important role of women and their work within the larger framework of migration and development. The 2nd ADWA brought together key domestic workers and migrants group across Asia to discuss and strategize on advocacy priorities. This process was particularly important, as domestic work is currently not recognized as real work in many countries around the world. This coordinated effort on self-representation will join up to a larger process during the GFMD in Manila Philippines in October 2008.
In line with this, we are glad to share with you the statement for International Labour Day 2008 and the launching of the "Regional Campaign on the Recognition and Protection of Domestic Work as Work" on 1 May 2008. Please find attached the statement. We will soon be uploading the statement and photos from the activities during the 2nd ADWA to the MFA website. The report and outcome of the 2nd ADWA will also be shared with you as soon as it is available.