Rights of Migrants in Action: Development Practitioners for the Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers and Victims of Human Trafficking
01 Sept 2015 – 31 Aug 2017
Funding & Implementing Partners
- European Union
- Zimbabwe Red Cross
The first phase of the project was a research survey on “The Contemporary Trends of Migrant Domestic Workers”. Among other things, the survey sought to answer the following questions:
- Which group of people are mostly involved in migrant domestic work?
- How many migrant domestic workers are travelling with or without official travelling documents as well as their reasons?
- What are the challenges faced by household maids and other domestic workers based in South Africa and Botswana?
- What is the level of awareness on the rights of domestic workers among the respondents?
- How best can migrant domestic work be dignified?
Key lessons of the research survey are:
- There is no universally agreed number of migrants worldwide.
- Zimbabwe’s economic and political hardships have pushed more migrants to South Africa than any other country.
- There is a resounding belief in young people in Beitbridge, Plumtree and Mbare that education has fewer success opportunities compared to migration.
- There is need for more information sharing concerning welfare of migrant domestic workers.
- More people need to learn the reality of human trafficking and work to curb it.
2. Provision of Psycho- social support
The second phase involves offering Psycho-social services such as:
- Provision of information and education on labour related policies and rights as well as occupational health and safety training.
- Provision of health education and basic sanitary and health items.
- Provision of information on resilience and career development training.
To date DPN has:
- Provided migrant domestic workers with labour related information to over 1000 migrants through fliers, social media and exhibitions.
- Provided one on one counselling services to more than 100 victims of human trafficking.
- Provided basic sanitary wear to about 75 domestic workers.
4. Provision of IEC materials and Media coverage
In order to bind the effectiveness of these project components, communication of the project goals and objectives as well as research findings will be enhanced through information dissemination campaigns. Project information will be communicated through diverse methods which include the following:
- Distribution of various IEC materials e.g. flyers, magazines, pamphlets, charts and banners, billboards, t-shirts etc.
- Awareness drives on social media, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, our website and other platforms
- Use of conventional media for example press releases, radio and television appearances.
- Distributed fliers, newsletters, pamphlets and t-shirts, hats, key holders and stickers carrying migrant domestic work information across the country.
- Our social Media presence has grown significantly on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, with 299 online newsletter subscribers and an average of 46 website visitors weekly.
- Held two TV appearances and two radio interviews.