Facilitating improved capacity development and peer-learning with MRCs from Africa and Southeast Asia for enhanced migrants rights protection.

Migrants Rights Protection Improved through Strengthening Capacity and Knowledge Management of Migrant Resources Centres in Nigeria

Between September and October 2023, the Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) managed by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMLE) conducted Training of Trainers workshops for staff of the Centres in the areas of Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars (PDOS) and gender mainstreaming.

News | 26 October 2023
Designed as a comprehensive workstream within the framework of the FAIRWAY Global Programme which is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the package comprised trainings for staff of the MRCs in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Edo states on pre-departure and gender mainstreaming.

This was in addition to a symposium on improving information and services for migrant workers through MRCs which held in Uganda between 5th – 29th of September, and continuous coaching and mentoring of MRCs staff on pre-departure services and gender mainstreaming across the three locations over the period of October 2023.

While declaring the stream of work open in Abuja, Mr. John Nyamali, Director of the Employment and Wages Department of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment who was represented, noted the significant contribution the capacity development programme would have on the Centres in delivering pre-departure orientation seminars, as well as ensuring adequate transformative programming in safeguarding migrant workers’ rights through gender lenses. He acknowledged the sustained support of the ILO in this regard and further recognized the need for sustainability.

In her remarks, Ms. Vanessa Phala, Director of the ILO Abuja Office noted that, adequately preparing intending migrant workers for life in destination countries is increasingly an important means for better migratory journeys and experiences, and this informs the comprehensive approaches being designed and delivered in consultation and collaboration with the Government.

A total of forty-five staff of the Centres were targeted as trainers across the three locations where the MRCs are located, in addition to a second batch of forty-five personnel on the application of gender responsive programming.

In 2022, the Government of Nigeria developed and validated a Pre - Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) training manual, and a Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (GMS) relating to safeguarding the rights of migrant workers.

Equipping staff of the Centres on the application of the PDOS manual and gender responsiveness indicates the preparedness of the Centres for delivering pre-departure trainings for intending migrant workers leaving for various countries of destination.

Blurb: Between September and October 2023, the Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) managed by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMLE) conducted Training of Trainers workshops for staff of the Centres in the areas of Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars (PDOS) and gender mainstreaming, and also participated in a peer-learning exchange with other MRCs from Africa and Southeast Asia.

Abuja (ILO News): Designed as a comprehensive workstream within the framework of the FAIRWAY Global Programme which is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the package comprised trainings for staff of the MRCs in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Edo states on pre-departure and gender mainstreaming.

This was in addition to a symposium on improving information and services for migrant workers through MRCs which held in Uganda between 5th – 29th of September, and continuous coaching and mentoring of MRCs staff on pre-departure services and gender mainstreaming across the three locations over the period of October 2023.

While declaring the stream of work open in Abuja, Mr. John Nyamali, Director of the Employment and Wages Department of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment who was represented, noted the significant contribution the capacity development programme would have on the Centres in delivering pre-departure orientation seminars, as well as ensuring adequate transformative programming in safeguarding migrant workers rights through gender lenses. He acknowledged the sustained support of the ILO in this regard and further recognized the need for sustainability.

In her remarks, Ms. Vanessa Phala, Director of the ILO Abuja Office noted that, adequately preparing intending migrant workers for life in destination countries is increasingly an important means for better migratory journeys and experiences, and this informs the comprehensive approaches being designed and delivered in consultation and collaboration with the Government.

A total of forty-five staff of the Centres were targeted as trainers across the three locations where the MRCs are located, in addition to a second batch of forty-five personnel on the application of gender responsive programming.

In 2022, the Government of Nigeria developed and validated a Pre - Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) training manual, and a Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (GMS) relating to safeguarding the rights of migrant workers.

Equipping staff of the Centres on the application of the PDOS manual and gender responsiveness indicates the preparedness of the Centres for delivering pre-departure trainings for intending migrant workers leaving for various countries of destination.