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ONGD Cives Mundi
ONGD Cives Mundi
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association (BOMSA)
The aim of this project was to minimise the risks associated with migration and the trafficking of Female Migrant Workers (FMW) from the districts of Dhaka and Narayanganj, Bangladesh. It had been found that a large number of women were unsafely migrating to work abroad from these districts.
The migrants were exposed to all kinds of danger during the stages of their journeys (both outward and inward): rape, extortion, and fraud form just a small cross-section of the risks that accompanied the migration process. A lack of knowledge and information about the seriousness of migrating and of the destination country’s migration regulations, customs and norms; unfair criminal activity carried out by recruitment agencies; a lack of knowledge, protection and respect for human rights from duty bearers and the authorities in the community and the government; and no direct contact with Embassies, Recruitment Agencies etc., both in the destination country and in Bangladesh, caused problems for many women seeking to migrate.
The best way of ensuring the rights of the Female Migrant Workers in the migration process was creating social awareness of the problems encountered by the would-be migrants, and the creation of a social movement for change. In this way, the individual problems became a social problem for all.
To solve this problem, the project created two Forums for Migration Facilitation (FMFs), to be points of reference for same migration in each district. They were made up of the people from each community: lawyers, migrants, ex-government members and public officials etc. They acted as a platform for communication and awareness-raising at a local level for the problems faced by Female Migrant Workers, as well as an information point for them.
Furthermore, it meant that a system of protection was used during all the migration phases, comprising education before departure, a check-up system during the workers’ stay abroad, and also advice on the correct investment of their savings on their return to Bangladesh.
Means of communication, the government, and other agents on a national as well as local scale were integral to the project. They carried out workshops, meetings and trainings with the women and acted as lobbies. It achieved a change in public policy and a better societal awareness of FMWs.
Finally, it was necessary to structure BOMSA’s knowledge and information. Therefore, the project created a database that kept information on all the women associated with the organisation. It was also necessary to strengthen BOMSA’s skills in order for them to achieve their aims and objectives as the only organisation to work exclusively with Female Migrant Workers.
Contribute to the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality, and eradicate people trafficking in Bangladesh.
Increase the defence of human rights and reduce the vulnerability of Female Migrant Workers to trafficking, in the districts of Dhaka and Narayanganj, Bangladesh.
R1: The human rights of the FMWs are protected and promoted through the creation and consolidation of 2 forums (Forum for the Facilitation of Migration (FFM)) in the districts of Dhaka (sub-district of Nawabganj) and Narayangaonj (sub-district of Rupganj).
R2: Raised attention of and bettered the migration process for the FMWs in the project area.
R3: Civil society and duty holders (at both local and national level) are aware of the human rights (insomuch that they protect, respect and give effect to them) of the FMWs in such a way that they improve their conditions and reduce human trafficking.
R4: BOMSA’s capacity is strengthened as an example organisation for the protection and promotion of the FMW’s human rights in Bangladesh.
R5: The project is successfully managed.