AMKAS Nepal has been registered in the Local Development Office, District Administration Office and has legally been approved and certified by the Social Welfare Council. Women migrant workers are members of AMKAS. These members are the founder members of Pourakhi Nepal having more than 15 years of experience working in this sector. These members have hands on experience of dealing with more than 1000 legal cases and providing psycho social counselling to victimised women migrant workers. Rural women returnee migrant workers from districts are facilitating AMKAS's outreach to potential women migrant workers for ensuring that the whole migration cycle is safe. This is enabled through advocacy from the grass root to the national to the international levels especially to influence policies that address migrant domestic workers e.g. national laws, ILO C189, GR 26 etc. The aim is to reduce their vulnerabilities to trafficking and enhance their access to shelter, legal services, health services, psychosocial counselling and protection in their hour of need. At the same time, AMKAS Nepal is focused on uniting and networking of returnee women migrant workers, building their capacity, massive awareness programmes and continuous reintegration through livelihood programmes to ensure safer migration.
There are already organizations that are working for the promotion and protection of foreign labour migrants and have been able to showcase some exceptional results. However, as an organization of RWMWs as AMKAS(Aaprbasi Mahila Kamdar Samuha), our core advantage is that we are the organization for, by and of returnee women migrants especially with a focus to unite and establish a strong network amongst women migrant workers. In regard to this AMKAS aims to support women migrant workers, looking at both intra and inter country migration to advocate for their rights, enhance their skills and provide a safe space for women migrant workers to discuss, share and learn from each other’s life experiences. Most of the existing organizations working on issues of migrant workers focus only on inter country migration. However, we find that intra-country labor migration becomes the stepping stone for many women in their quest for inter-country labor migration. We therefore strongly feel that more intensive work and interaction is needed with women in this first phase migration, to improve their skills and capacities; understanding of rights and advocate for safety standards at workplace. This in turn will reduce the risks and vulnerability to trafficking for those women who plan to go in for inter-country labor migration from amongst this group and also give them an informed choice minimizing the trafficking of vulnerable women and girls and promoting safe migration
Vision, Mission, Strategies and Objectives:
AMKAS Nepal envisions the future that respects the rights of women migrant workers and their families.
To ensure the rights of women migrant workers in the entire phase of intra and inter labor employment through the processes of capacity building, advocacy, awareness, information, counselling and empowerment.
- Networking and Capacity Building of RWMWs.
- RTI (Information Dissemination)
- Paralegal support/counseling
- Psycho social Counselling
- Awareness Generation
- Reintegration/economic empowerment
- To advocate for the rights of women migrant workers and their family locally, nationally and internationally
- To develop and implement plans and policies for creating an enabling environment on foreign labor employment and empowerment of women and girl migrant workers.
- To provide information on foreign labor employment to migrant women workers and their families through campaigns, annual commemorations, and awareness programs.
- To mobilize returnee and potential women migrant workers and their families in everyactivity regarding safe migration, trafficking and economic empowerment building strong networking with policy makers and relevant stakeholders.
- To act as a pressure group for the implementation of existing domestic laws and the ratification and implementations of international instruments concerned with the protection and promotion of the rights of women migrant workers.
- AMKAS Nepal is an organization for, by and of returnee women migrants especially with a focus to unite and establish a strong network amongst women migrant workers.
- Executive committee consists of 7 founder members who are returnee migrant workers themselves.
- The Executive committee is a compilation of 15 years of experience in migration sector.
- Paralegal department have hands on experience of dealing with over 1000 legal cases and providing psycho social counselling to victimized women migrant workers.
- AMKAS aims to support women migrant workers, looking at both intra and inter country migration to advocate for their rights, enhance their skills and provide a safe space for women migrant workers to discuss, share and learn from each other’s life experiences.
- AMKAS Nepal also aims to reduce their vulnerabilities to trafficking and enhance their access to shelter, legal services, health services, psychosocial counseling and protection in their hour of need.
- AMKAS also focuses on uniting and networking of returnee women migrant workers, building their capacity, massive awareness programs and continuous reintegration through livelihood programs to ensure safer migration.
- AMKAS Nepal's highly qualified and dynamic human resources (psycho-social counseling, paralegal officers, trainers on gender, ILO C 189, CEDAW GR 26, GRB, safe migration cycle and financial literacy).
- AMKAS Nepal's uniqueness is evident in its establishment of several wings for efficient co-ordination and coherence with a range of actors and stakeholders:
The competencies of AMKAS Nepal will serve to be the most advantageous part that ensures the effective, efficient and prompt execution of the proposed activities in the area of foreign labour migration in comparison to any other organization. AMKAS's Nepal's highly qualified and dynamic human resources (psychosocial counseling, paralegal officers, trainers on gender, ILO C 189, CEDAW GR 26, GRB, safe migration cycle and financial literacy) and programme execution structure will lead to the achievement of its objectives.
AMKAS Nepal's uniqueness is evident in its establishment of several wings for efficient co-ordination and coherence with a range of actors and stakeholders such as youth, domestic workers, anti-trafficking, entrepreneur's and cooperative with a pool of Master Trainer's specializing in these sectors.
Domestic Workers Wing
Members of AMKAS Nepal have been involved in most of the campaigns related to foreign labour migration and migrant's rights. As most of its members are returnee migrant domestic workers who are the most vulnerable ones has been proactively been lobbying and advocating from the community to the international level for the ratification of the ILO C 189. Therefore, has established a Domestic Worker's Wing to continuously campaign for the ratification of the ILO C 189. AMKAS Nepal will participate in the community advocacy especially on the recommendations which address the human right of foreign labour migrants on the domestic work taking it up to the national forum such as the SAARC and then to the regional such as the ADD, Colombo Process and to the international forums such as the GFMD, HLD,WSF etc.
Social Entrepreneurs Wing
As a returnee women migrant worker most of them return not only with money or remittance but comes back with skills, experience and determination to do something back home with or without their hard earned money rather than re migrating. Many returnee women migrant workers with their experience of struggle as a migrant worker have become agent of change in the society with innovative ideas. AMKAS has also developed a space for its members as social entrepreneurs who will be best mobilized to contribute in communities for the empowerment of returnees and their families.
AMKAS Nepal also has members with expertise in cooperative. There was a time when returnee women migrant had very little or in fact no access to banks and financial institute because of lack of knowledge, information and documents. The Cooperative wing helps women access to cooperative and easy access to loans to start their business making them economically empowered with no hassles for loans.Most of the members are involved in the cooperative so that they have easy access to loans which helps them to be economically and socially empowered.
Many children of foreign labour migrant workers have grown without the love and care of either their mother or father and some without both. They have told stories of the hardship they had to face in such situation. Many are reported to have dropped out schools and many have taken wrong path in their life. Realizing the need to aware all concern stakeholders on such issue and to also empower children of migrant workers, AMKAS Nepal has established a youth wing who will also play an important role in overall activities of our organization .
Members of AMKAS Nepal with our long expertise in foreign labour migration especially women, have realized that returnee women migrant workers can be the best facilitators, counselors or trainers on the issue of foreign labour migration with their international exposure and work experience. Therefore, AMKAS Nepal has also maintained a pool of trainers who are returnee migrants themselves.
- Organisation Development Training
- Capacity Building Training
- Legal Counseling and Paralegal Support
- Psycho Social Counseling
- Advocacy for policy level intervention for rights of women migrant workers.