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Capacity Building on Labor Rights and Legal System

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Training on labor rights and the legal system and for improved leadership.
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Most Burmese migrant workers are not aware of labour rights or the legal system and Mizoram, India, and community leaders are also lacking the necessary information in this area to protect their community members. BSWA will offer labor rights and legal system training in October 2011. The organizers will first meet for general planning and then with a local lawyer/expert for the training. Preparation will also include locating a venue and issuing a call for participants, and purchasing stationery and other supplies.

In November, BSWA will offer leadership training. The organizers will find an expert trainer and venue, identify potential participants, and buy stationery and other supplies.

You can help by covering some of the costs for running the training sessions.

Additional Information

Name of Organization Burmese Social Welfare Association
About the Organisation

The Burmese Social Welfare Association (BSWA) is a non-governmental organization run by Burmese people who crossed the border to Mizoram, Aizawl. It was founded in 2005 by Kawl Christian Fellowship Youth. The aim of the organization is to help and empower Burmese people living in Aizawl, Mizoram. The organization's head is voted in every year.

The BSWA has held language classes and workshops on HIV awareness and women's rights, as well as discussion groups for men. It also runs a free clinic and interprets for refugees in the hospital because most migrant workers face a language barrier. The BSWA has organized festivals and every year provides scholarships for students. When one of its members is in hospital, the organization helps them financially. BSWA currently has more than four hundred members.

Funds have been raised by holding raffles and through a membership fee.

The applicant successfully completed a microproject in 2010.

Total Costs INR 30,000 (approx. CZK 11,500, EUR 470)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 11,500
Total Number of Shares 23
Location Aizawl, Mizoram
Timeframe August - November 2011
Progress Update
  • September: The BSWA held a meeting to plan and prepare its leadership training seminar for the month of October. Participants have already been selected from among BSWA leaders, youth, and women activitsts. The training will be held during the second week of October at a local high school.

Outputs

BSWA conducted a Leadership Training session on 8 October, 2011 at Khatla Hall in Aizawl, Mizoram. The session, which was attended by 25 people (12 women, 13 men) was facilitated by Mr. Ko Htwe, a trainer from the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma. During the training, we were Participants actively discussed different kinds of leadership, as well as conflict and resolution.

Training on labour rights and the legal system was held in the same venue on 10 and 11 December and was facilitated by Mr. Lalliana, a local labor activist. The 25 attendees, 15 men and 10 women, included community leaders, weavers, goldsmiths, carpenters, and active youth. During the training, the facilitator highlighted the situation of workers in Mizoram and the participants shared their experiences and identified challenges they face and possible solutions. Some of these solutions included becoming more unified to demand their rights from their employers with one voice, and setting up a disciplinary body in the community to take preventative measures.

Words from the Grant Recipient

"We hope most of participants will share to their own organization what they learned from this training. After the training the participant’s feedback to do more this kinds of training because of the training was not enough times. Most of participants promised they will applied what they learned from the training."

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1. Leadership training in Aizawl.

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2. Group work during leadership training.

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3. Participants in Leadership training.

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