Former Spanish PM to lead Cape Verde mission to promote the rights of domestic workers

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain’s former Prime Minister (2004-2011) and member of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA – CdM) will lead the mission “Regulatory Framework for domestic workers”, which will take place in Praia (Cape Verde) on February 19th and 20th.

This initiative is part of WLA – CdM’s Inspired + project and is organized together with the local NGO ACLCVBG (Associação Cabo-Verdiana de Luta Contra a Violência Baseada no Género). Its main goal is to promote the labour rights of women who work in the domestic service, making it a topic of  public debate. Additionally, the mission seeks to strengthen the political will of actors capable of setting up a regulatory framework and guarantee the implementation of legislation on the matter passed in 2008. Such measures would signify a crucial step towards dignifying the work of female domestic workers, by facilitating their recognition in the formal economy and granting them social security coverage.

Mr Zapatero’s agenda will include a speech at Cape Verde’s National Assembly, which will be part of a working session on fundamental labour rights organized by the European Union and the International Labour Organization. Furthermore, he will bilaterally meet with the President of the General Assembly, Jorge Santos, and the President of the Republic, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, as well as other relevant ministers and international organisations in Cape Verde, like the European Union and UN Women.