Aaprabasi Mahila Kamdar Samuha (AMKAS) or the Returnee Women Migrant Workers’ Group, is a civil society organization led and run by returnee women migrant workers. Established in 2016 by a group of well-known and experience Nepali migrant rights’ activist, AMKAS pushes for the rights and interest of Nepali migrant workers, in the home and the destination countries, on the ground that ‘Migrant Rights are Human Rights’. AMKAS specializes working with and for the Nepali women workers: both domestic and migrants. AMKAS has been widely recognized as a pioneer organization working in the field despite short period of its existence.
We at AMKAS envision of a just world where Nepali women workers are self-reliant with full equality, dignity and respect in terms of gender, social, cultural, economic and political aspects in Nepal and elsewhere.
We strive to build capacity of Nepali women workers through regular policy advocacy, knowledge creation, awareness generation, and experimenting and spreading of innovative ideas and methods for a sound employment sector.
AMKAS works to achieve the following objectives:
- To organize returnee women migrant workers so as to strengthen the collective bargaining of migrant workers issues at the local, provincial, national, regional and global level.
- To ensure rights of women workers are respected, fulfilled, guaranteed and protected through women workers friendly policy environment, and its proper implementation.
- To design and implement innovative plans, programs and actions on widening the scope of awareness generation, ethical recruitment practices, research and publications, and strengthening livelihood and re-integration of the women workers at the ground level.
- To develop partnership and liaison with national and international bodies towards a unified voices for the rights and interest of the migrant workers and their families.
Strategic Goals (SG) (2019–2023)
To increase research and publication in the issues faced by women migrant workersby the mobilization of migrant workers to develop a solid evidence-based policy advocacy base.
To expand the scope of preventive and curative measures to curtail violation of human rights of and violence against women migrant workers, and among the survivors of trafficking against persons.
To design and implement innovative programs to ensure migrant workers are recruited, retained and released in ethical and fair manner, and to present such programs for scaling-up.
To support re-integration of migrant workers, in particular women migrant workers, through financial literacy, paralegal support, entrepreneurship development, facilitation for skills certification, and psychosocial support.