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Policy Advocacy
Women´s rights are often violated and neglected in every aspect in our society. BOMSA believes that policy advocacy must continue with the government officials, recruiting agencies and the local elites. This process will ensure women´s participation in bringing about changes in decision making processes, policies and ultimately safe migration.

Awareness Campaign
Mass awareness campaign is another major intervention area for BOMSA. Realizing the fact that all interventions will be wasted without making the migrants and their families aware of services available for them, BOMSA´s every single project has this important component of creating mass awareness. A comprehensive information campaign activity has been launched at the grassroots level ranging from decision making to productive utilization of remittances.

Capacity Enhancement
Capacity enhancement through training is another important intervention area to ensure women migrants empowerment. Lack to access to information, resources and services make women more vulnerable especially, when they are to work in a completely new socio- cultural context. BOMSA in collaboration with the GoB has been successfully providing pre-departure orientation training to potential women migrants. Besides, skill development training such as housekeeping training, business management training, financial management training and foreign language training are some of the important training offered by BOMSA for the beneficiaries.

Grassroots Activities
BOMSA put a strong foot on migration management at the grassroots level with potential and returnee women migrants. The organization can claim to be one of the pioneer organizations to deal with migrants rights issues. While carrying out field activities, they also gained certain expertise in the field of migration management at the grassroots level.

Courtyard meeting
This is an informal form of grassroots level meeting with local stakeholders in the intervention area. Usually the women who are interested to migrate, the family members of migrants and returnee migrants are invited to this meeting. BOMSAs field organizer(s) conduct the meeting with some specific agenda for about 1-2 hours depending on the issue. The participants come and gather with prior invitation by the field organizers of BOMSA on a particular day and time. They gather at a suitable courtyard area offered by anyone from the local community.

The organization efficiently holds and manages courtyard meetings (Uthan Boithok) with the potential and returnee migrants and family members of the migrant workers. Be it at the decision making stage or remittance management, BOMSA received professional training from IOM, CIDA, and UNIFEM to conduct courtyard meetings. The staff – over the years has become skilled in conducting training for the migrant community. BOMSA covers a wide range of issues through courtyard meeting. Community mobilization, assisting in decision making for migration, information dissemination, pre-departure orientation briefing, productive utilization of remittance, personal financial and business management, health issue (including HIV/Aids awareness) are some of the key issues covered under the courtyard meeting by BOMSA.

Bazaar Meeting
BOMSA also conducts bazaar meetings (Haat Shobha) on a wide range of migration related issues. Pre- departure decision, remittance utilization and management, information sharing on migrants workers rights, migration health issues, information sharing with a wider stakeholder community are some of the activities performed by BOMSA in the bazaar meetings.

This is an informal form of local level meeting with stakeholders and community people in the intervention area. A crowded place is usually selected for the meeting to get the maximum outreach. Bazar meetings are commonly conducted with some popular form of entertainment such as folk song, short interactive drama, musical and dance performance by local level artists etc. Issue based bazaar meetings are most effective in both rural and urban areas.

semi-formal sessions are organized for the outbound migrant workers. BOMSA only organizes pre-departure briefing for the women migrants at the local level. Usually 20-30 women gather in a specific place (could be school/college or community club premise) and get the orientation briefing. BOMSAs field organizers receive pre-departure orientation briefing:

BOMSA efficiently conducts pre-departure orientation briefing session for the potential women migrant workers at their intervention areas. Prior to their departure, migrant workers require series of information on destination country, travel abroad, life style, living, culture, weather, food, remittance management, health issues etc. BOMSA has developed a group of skilled field organizers to conduct pre-departure training. The pre-departure briefing is based on the original safe migration training manual developed by IOM Dhaka. Today, BOMSA has successfully gained the confidence to conduct sessions with larger groups at the Technical Training Centres (TTC) administered by the Government of Bangladesh.



   




Report and Article
 
Report and Article
  • May Day Report
  • April 9, 2013
  • Gender Analysis of Migration from Bangladesh
  • April 9, 2013
  • DCA Report on Women
  • April 9, 2013
  • Promoting Safe Migration and Local Development in Eight District in Bangladesh
  • April 4, 2013
  • Assessing the impact of IEC Materials in empowerment process of Migrant workers
  • April 3, 2013
  • Remittance Study Report
  • April 3, 2013
  • Safe Migration Training Manual
  • April 10, 2013

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