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International Women's Day 2011: Top 10 Wins For Women's Movements

First Posted: 03/ 8/2011 2:51 pm   Updated: 05/25/2011 7:35 pm

From strengthening abortion rights to legalizing same-sex marriage, women's movements have been responsible for some of the most extraordinary judicial victories around the world.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, the Global Fund for Women selected some 2010's most exciting and incredible legal breakthroughs around the world. Last year alone, women helped extend employee protection for domestic workers around the world (including nannies and maids) and comprised a critical segment of the astonishing revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt which ousted much-maligned leaders.

Take a look at the Global Fund for Women's pics for the Top 10 wins for women's movements in 2010 below:

Domestic Workers to Win Workers' Rights
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Despite restrictive working conditions and limited infrastructure, domestic workers worldwide organized, advocated for, and won a victory in June that began the process through the International Labor Organization (ILO) to extend basic labor protections to millions of women employed in other people's homes.

Domestic workers around the world, often employed as nannies, servants or maids have long lacked any of the basic protections against exploitation that workers in other industries enjoy. This overwhelmingly female workforce is thus highly vulnerable to abuse, including working long hours without days off, unfair wages, sexual or physical abuse on the job, and little or no access to health care, job protection or maternity leave.
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Filed by Curtis M. Wong  |