The organization felt the need for a strategic direction to strengthen its programme and operations in the field of migration management. BOMSA conducted a workshop to review the strategic objectives and BOMSA´s achievements against it in June 2009. This exercise helped BOMSA to get views from all level of stakeholders to plan for future intervention strategy.
Strategic Objectives: Increase capacity of Upazila Parishad members work for community empowerment
One of the major objectives of strategic planning is to increase the capacity of the Upazila Parishad (UP) members by ensuring their participation at the local level and also by ensuring their basic service delivery in a more participatory, accountable and gender responsive manner. The workshop discussions reassured the need for increased participation of the UP members and local government official as well as non government elites of the community in different activities initiated by BOMSA at the field level. Those who participated gave commitment to raise voice for protecting the rights of the Bangladeshi women migrant workers and their families.
The second strategic objective was to work for community empowerment through increased community participation to protect the rights of the women migrant workers and their families. This would increase the level of migrants and their families awareness on their rights.
BOMSA has undertaken some activities to achieve the strategic objectives. Some of those are:
- Cultural events with participation and representation from the local level government officials and community people
- Introduced an information base on sex disaggregated data at the local level
- Community meetings (bazaar meeting, courtyard meetings, meeting with local government)
- Awareness raising meetings (issue based » such as migrants rights, HIV/AIDS awareness
- Pre- departure orientation training/ briefing session at the local level
- Advocacy with local government (issue based)
- Special and need base meeting with the policy makers at the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE) and Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET)