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Household Workers' Association (ASTRADOMES)

  • Responsible Organisations: Household Workers' Association (ASTRADOMES) (Civil society); International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) (Trade Union); Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Domestic Workers (CONLACTRAHO) (Trade Union); International Labour Organization (International Organisation)
  • ILO Regions: Americas
  • Country(ies): Costa Rica; Nicaragua
  • Thematic areas: Protection; Ratification campaigns and implementation
  • MLFLM: 8.; 9.(a),(b),(c); 11.; 8.; 9.(b); 10.
  • Sectors: Domestic work


The Domestic Workers' Association (ASTRADOMES) was established in Costa Rica in 1991, and is an affiliate of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Domestic Workers (CONLACTRAHO) as well as of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). The Association is dedicated to protecting and advocating for the rights of domestic workers, many of whom are migrants. Its current activities include the provision of advisory and support services, information about job vacancies, as well as IT and literacy training. ASTRADOMES played an important role in the campaign for the ratification of the ILO's Domestic Workers Convention (No. 189) in Costa Rica and Nicaragua (2013) and later in the process of adapting national legislation to the Convention's provisions. In 2012 a branch of ASTRADOMES was established in Nicaragua (now operating in the cities of Granada and Chinatega), where it provides legal assistance and pre-departure training on labour and migration rights. In Costa Rica ASTRADOMES is campaigning for simplified and lower-cost migration procedures. A first outcome has been the decision of the government of Costa Rica to increase the validity of entry visas from 30 to 90 days, in order to provide workers enough time to apply for a work permit. The ILO has supported ASTRADOMES through the EU-funded project 'Gender sensitive migration policies in Central America' in the implementation of an advocacy and information campaign on domestic workers' rights.


last updated on 19.05.2015^ top