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Southeast Asia • Philippines

Protecting migrant workers from exploitation and abuse

Every day, women from the island of Mindanao leave their families to migrate abroad for work. For many of them, this step ends in exploitation and abuse. Together with our partner organization MMCEAI we create a safer migration.

[Translate to Englisch:] Teilnehmende eines Stakeholderdialogs diskutieren Strategien für sichere Arbeitsmigration. MMCEAI brachte 52 Vertreter*innen lokaler Regierungsstellen und Gemeindeorganisationen zusammen. (Foto: AWO International)[Translate to Englisch:] Teilnehmende eines Stakeholderdialogs diskutieren Strategien für sichere Arbeitsmigration. MMCEAI brachte 52 Vertreter*innen lokaler Regierungsstellen und Gemeindeorganisationen zusammen. (Foto: AWO International)

Giving migrant women a voice

Our partner MMCEAI regards itself as a service organisation for migrants and supports job seekers, workers abroad and returnees as well as their families and communities. They are all actively involved in the fight against exploitation. MMCEAI is active in the communities and brings together former and potential migrants and their families. They are supported in their efforts to stand up for their rights.

The challenges can be better addressed if the voices of those affected are heard. This is why the project brings together migrants with relevant stakeholders: civil society organisations, churches, the media, but also national and local government agencies, security authorities and police.

"I believe that the police must also help to protect migrants, especially from traffickers and illegal placement agencies," reports Superintendent Cuyag, representing the police after a workshop. His words show that the concerns of migrant women are being met and that those involved recognise that there is an urgent need for action. The workshops are often very emotional and challenging, but also very effective: Together the participants develop a framework for action to make migration safer.

Project information

ProjectProtecting migrant workers from exploitation and abuse
Place/RegionMetro Davao, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao, Western Mindanao, ARMM und SOCCSKSARGEN
PartnerMindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions Inc. (MMCEAI)
Target group

Women migrant workers (before, during and after migration), children of migrant workers, community leaders, civil society organisations

Activities
  • Public and community-based education on labour migration
  • Strengthening community organisations of migrants and self-help groups
  • Strengthening the rights of migrants
  • Implementation of guidelines for the protection of female migrants
Duration2018-2020
Budget63.367 Euro p.a.
SponsorBMZ

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