The Cambodian Working Group for Domestic Workers (CWGDW) was founded in November 2011. It is a network of civil society stakeholders with the purpose of collaborating and uniting advocacy efforts and resources to respond to issues affecting domestic workers, and to encourage the Royal Government of Cambodia to ratify the new ILO Convention 189 concerning decent work for domestic workers.
Activities of the CWGDW include:
- Releasing a Call to Action in February, 2012 urging the governments of Cambodia and Malaysia to take measures, such as singing a Memorandum of Understanding and adopting a standardized employment contract to protect domestic workers, which was endorsed by 65 Cambodian and international NGOs and trade unions
- Drafting and presenting an example Memorandum of Understanding to the Royal Government of Cambodia for sending Cambodian domestic workers to Malaysia
- Collaborating with LSCW in the publishing of a report entitled “Domestic workers and sub-decree 190: time to protect Cambodia’s migrants”
- Establishing a facebook page
- Raising awareness in the media about the situation of Cambodian domestic workers
The Grant Trafficking in Persons program is now closed. Prior to the CTIP II program, UNIAP worked with LSCW on the GTIP program that aimed to reduce the risk of unsafe migration and support survivors with legal aid. The below are the achievements of the program.
- 18 field trips were conducted between the start of the program in August 2010 and its end in April 2012. Those field trips are included travelling to: Poipet, Battambang, Banteav, Meanchev, Oddor, Meanchey, Prey Veng, Kratie, Kandal, Kampot, Pursat, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Takeo and Siem Reap provinces
- LSCW provided legal advice to over 279 Cambodian migrant workers. Among them, 115 Cambodian migrant workers requested legal services from LSCW. This included legal consultation, legal representation in court and negotiation with the recruitment agencies in order to access justice and demand the compensation and legal documents of the victims. 164 Cambodian migrant workers decided to retain action against the brokers. From our interviewing process we discovered that some have no trust or confidence in the court system in Cambodia
- LSCW received 17 cases heard in court. Among all of the cases, 71 victims were represented by a LSCW lawyer
- LSCW received 19 cases for negotiation when recruitment agencies withheld salaries, compensation and legal documents. Among all cases, 44 victims were represented by a LSCW lawyers
- LSCW lawyers have acted as representatives in court for 4 victims.