The 1st Rwanda Domestic and Allied Workers’ Trade Union was established with the support of CLADHO, in the framework of the project “Stopping violence against child and young domestic workers through regulation and education”. This trade union aims at defending domestic workers, and in particular to contribute to ending child domestic work. The regulation and professionalization of domestic work contribute to reduce abuses and to better protect vulnerable workers.

On Saturday 24/09/2016, CLADHO organized the first National Congress of Domestic and Allied Workers in order to contribute of raising the voice of domestic and allied workers in Rwanda.The National Congress attracted 50 founders’ members from different districts in domestic work and workers of bars and restaurants; at least 20 journalists were presents.The agenda of this first National Congress was to approve the constitution of the trade union, elect members of the trade union organs and official stamping by the State Notary.

The National Congress has deliberated the following:

1st deliberation : The National Congress saluted and approved the idea of establishing a Rwanda Trade Union of Domestic and Allied Workers called: Rwanda Domestic and Allied Workers’ Trade Union  “RDAWU’’.

2nd deliberation : The National Congress adopted the articles of association/by laws.

3rd deliberation: The National Congress elected members of the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee. Then the constitution of the trade union and elected members has been officially approved by the State Notary from Ministry of Justice.

The project “Ending violence against child and young domestic workers through regulation and education in East Africa and the DRC” is implement by CLADHO, who was represented at the Congress by the Executive Secretary, Me Emmanuel Safari and the national coordinator of the project, Evariste Murwanashyaka. Our partner CESTRAR, a major trade union in Rwanda, has been supporting this project and in particular has been a technical advisor for the development of the trade union of domestic workers.