Association de Défense des Droits des Aide-ménagères et Domestiques (ADDAD)

Mali

Despite the critical role that they play in households across West Africa—and in the region’s economy as a whole—domestic workers are underpaid, overworked, and at great risk for sexual exploitation. Founded and led by domestic workers themselves, ADDAD mobilizes their peers around the region to fight for a living wage, decent living conditions, and reasonable work hours. Their slogan, “we too have rights” is especially powerful, as it might be the first time that these workers, often young migrant women, have heard such a thing. As a rapidly growing trade union and network, ADDAD also provides legal support to domestic workers facing abuse from employers, educates domestic workers on their rights, and engages with law enforcement agencies to ensure that these rights are prioritized and protected.

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