International Labor Organization
Report is the first national study aiming to explore the domestic work sector in Turkey
Entitled "The visible face of women’s invisible labour: Domestic
workers in Turkey", the Report is prepared by Prof. Dr. Gülay Toksöz and
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Seyhan Erdoğdu from Ankara University and published in
the scope of the Conditions of Work and Employment Working Research
Series of the ILO.
The study highlights that informality is a predominant feature of
domestic work in Turkey, a sector largely comprised of women workers.
The authors of the study suggest that there is need but also room for
improving domestic workers’ access to social security and for
strengthening the legal framework addressing domestic workers’ needs and
The findings of the study were presented at the National Conference
on Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Turkey organized by the ILO in
February 2013, with the participation of the Ministry of Family and
Social Policies and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. The
Conference was an opportunity for the ILO’s tripartite constituents, as
well as civil society organizations and academia to discuss the main
problems facing domestic workers in Turkey and to reflect on possible
ways forward. The Report was updated and finalized in the light of the
feedback provided by social partners and relevant public institutions
during and following the Conference.
The Report is also an important part of ILO’s global activities on
domestic workers. In June 2011, the International Labour Conference
adopted the Domestic Workers Convention (No. 189) and Recommendation
(No.201) which are the first international standards specifically
dedicated to the promotion of decent work for this group of workers.
Since then, the instruments have become an important source of guidance
for policy-makers around the globe seeking to improve the living and
working conditions of domestic workers. The ILO’s follow-up activities
in support of governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations
include knowledge development and sharing, such as the Domestic Workers
in Turkey Report, among other activities.
You can reach the Turkish version of the Report here, and English version here.