Project Title

Rights of Migrants in Action: Development Practitioners for the Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers and Victims of Human Trafficking

Project Period

01 Sept 2015 – 31 Aug 2017

Funding & Implementing Partners

  • European Union
  • Zimbabwe Red Cross

Project Areas

  • Beitbridge
  • Plumtree
  • Harare

Objectives

The overall objects of the project are as follows:

  • To promote and protect the rights of migrant domestic workers through influencing Evidence-Based Policy formulation and Provision of PSYCHO-SOCIAL support to Migrant Domestic Workers.
  • To enlighten migrant domestic workers on their labour related rights and international policy regulations
  • Educate migrant domestic workers to develop resilience and self-esteem in order to minimize abuse within working environments
  • Enhance the capacity of migrant domestic workers to ensure safety through training in occupational health and safety and provision of protective clothing and materials.
  • Increased knowledge and capacity amongst in-school youths to make best career choices and decisions in migration pressure communities.

Project Components

1. Research

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.
  • Counselling.

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.

3. Provision of life skills and career guidance training – “Catch Them Young

Life skills and career guidance and development will be offered as a basic protection net to youths in Zimbabwe’s migratory routes to South Africa and Botswana. Such an intervention will enable them to make informed career choices before migration. This training will include the following topics:

  • Career guidance – opportunities in country of origin
  • Resilience Training
  • Financial literacy
  • Confidence building and self esteem
  • Overview of on the right of migrants and domestic workers and information on human trafficking

DPN has:

  • Developed a training module called Catch Them Young
  • Trained 400 in and out of school students in Beitbridge, Plumtree and Harare

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.

DPN has:

  • 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.
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