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Dan Church Aid

BOMSA is a partner of DanChurchAid. The organization received financial support from DCA to carry out an information campaign for the Local Government/Union Parishad on safe migration. A module will be developed to strengthen the capacity of the local government and the GoB officials will be trained based on the manual on migration management. BOMSA conducts pre-departure orientation, bazaar and community meetings on womens safe migration. Media is also strongly addressed through DCAs funding. DCA supported activities are carried out in Dhaka, Jessore, Narail, Narshingdi and Manikganj. A total of 16 information centers will be established for women migrant workers in those selected districts. Cross learning visit will be organized with media, civil society organization and government officials. Legal support is being provided to deprive migrant women workers through Bangladesh Legal Aids Services Trust (BLAST) and Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA).
DanChurchAid is a faith-based and ecumenical, non-missionary organisation working with churches and non-religious civil organizations to assist the poorest of the poor. BOMSA received funding support from DanChurchAid to carry out activities to address the vulnerable women migrant workers.

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

BOMSA experienced working with UNIFEM Bangladesh project when UNIFEM started to operate in Bangladesh. For BOMSA this was a unique chance to work with an UN agency that is mandated to work on womens issues only. BOMSA implemented some innovative small projects with UNIFEMs financial and technical support. A business skill training programme for the returnee women migrant workers was implemented by BOMSA successfully. Training on poultry, home gardening and agricultural work were three major areas where about 380 returnee women received business management training to run their own business in two unions of Manikganj district. Besides, BOMSA organized peer leader training to develop peer leaders capacity on safe migration. Mobilization of media was an important activity for BOMSA with UNIFEM funding. Exposure visit, to see the practices and discuss trafficking and migration nexus with journalists and government officials (including local government) and BOMSA staff members in Nepal (as sending country), has completed successfully. For the first time BOMSA was included in the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) by attending the CEDAW and migration meeting in Thailand with UNIFEMs support. The organization took lead to submit the shadow report on CEDAW from Bangladesh along with UNIFEM, IOM Dhaka and AAB.
UNIFEM is the womens fund at the United Nations, dedicated to advancing womens rights and achieving gender equality. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies that foster women's empowerment. UNIFEM works to enhance women's economic security by strengthening their rights to land and inheritance, increasing their access to decent work, and empowering women migrant workers in both sending and receiving countries. BOMSA received some financial support for skill development of the returnee women migrant workers.

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