Category: ACTFORM

Let’s ensure migrant workers voting rights! (IMD 2014)

Let us commemorate the International Migrant Workers’ Day on 18 December 2014! In 2014 we celebrate the fifteenth International Migrant Workers’ Day (IMWD). The United Nations Organisation declared 18 December as IMWD in 2000. Since then many states in the world, especially countries of origin, celebrate this day dedicated to migrant workers. The great contribution … Continue reading Let’s ensure migrant workers voting rights! (IMD 2014)

Migrant SHADOW report consultation

The very first migrant SHADOW report consultation meeting was held at the Women and Media Collective on the 1st of August, 2014. Women migrant groups from Gampaha, Kandy, Rambukkana, Kurunegala and Ja-ela reviewed various aspects of Sri Lanka’s migrant women workers to get a better understanding of the situation faced by all women working abroad.

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants meets members of ACTFORM and WMC

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, visited Sri Lanka from 19 to 26 May 2014 to assess the human rights situation of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work, and the related recruitment practices. During Mr. Crépeau’s eight-day mission to the country, he met with regional members of the … Continue reading United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants meets members of ACTFORM and WMC

Consultation: “Women, Work, and Well Being: What are returnee women migrants telling us?”

A consultation hosted by WMC with the theme “Women, Work, and Well Being: What are returnee women migrants telling us?” was held on the 4th of April 2013 at Hotel Renuka in Colombo 03. The primary focus was to share the preliminary findings of the research that WMC conducted with Returnee Migrant women workers in … Continue reading Consultation: “Women, Work, and Well Being: What are returnee women migrants telling us?”

Documentary on migrant worker Ariyawathie

ACTFORM produced a documentary on Ariyawathie from Hakmana, Matara (in the Southern Province) who was inhumanely tortured while working in Saudi Arabia in 2010 by her employers who hammered nails into various parts of her body. The documentary is in Sinhala with English subtitles. DVDs were distributed to relevant Ministries, migrant worker organizations, trade unions etc. and … Continue reading Documentary on migrant worker Ariyawathie

Press conference on the ILO Convention and the current state of Sri Lankan women migrant workers

Background to press conference   In the recent past, there has been an increase in the number of women migrating. Many of them go to the Middle East as migrant workers and the majority among them are Muslim, Sinhala and Tamil women.   It is common knowledge that these migrant workers, whether they are from … Continue reading Press conference on the ILO Convention and the current state of Sri Lankan women migrant workers