Pourakhi Nepal

POURAKHI is a member based organization. It is governed by its constitution and seven members of the Executive Committee (EC). The Executive Committee is the highest authority to make policy decisions. The Executive committee meeting takes place monthly and is headed by the Chairperson in order to assess the progress and to respond to the updated situation.


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POURAKHI Nepal (self-reliant), a pioneering organization of women migrant workers, was established in 2003 with the objectives of ensuring the rights of women migrant workers in the entire process (Pre-employment, pre-departure, employment stage, post arrival support programs) labor migration. It is member-based, human rights defender organization and run by returnee Nepali women migrants. This was begun by marginalized women for marginalized women. Since 2009, POURAKHI Nepal has established an emergency shelter home to respond to the immediate need of those women migrant workers who have been exploited and abused while at countries of employment. POURAKHI Nepal has started Paralegal Department to provide legal services, counseling and paralegal services to migrant workers and their family. In addition, POURAKHI Nepal has operated number of programs (awareness and orientation through radio program, hotline and community outreach program, information desk) Training: financial literacy, safe migration, entrepreneurship, psychosocial and gender inclusion, income generating, scholarship for child education, lobby and advocacy for policy, networking and capacity building, coordination and cooperation with concerned organizations.

POURAKHI Nepal was established in 2003 to advocate for the rights of women who returned to Nepal after migrating abroad for employment. The initial impetus for the founding of POURAKHI Nepal was provided by Dr. Ganesh Gurung, former member of National Planning Commission of Nepal, upon whose advice the organization began its activities. The name ‘Pourakhi’, which means self-reliant in Nepali, was chosen because it was representative of the original vision and mission of the organization. Despite the fact that the founding members of Pourakhi were all women who had migrated abroad for employment, the person selected to be the first Chairperson was Engineer Krishna Gurung. However, after only one year Pourakhi Nepal appointed a female Chairperson.

Since 2003, POURAKHI Nepal has become a leading organization for individuals who migrate abroad for employment. In order to achieve its objective of ensuring the rights of women migrant workers in the entire process of foreign labor migration. Pourakhi Nepal has established a number of programs to address the issues of pre-employment, pre-departure, employment and post arrival support programs. In 2009, Pourakhi Nepal opened a Shelter House facility for returning migrant workers. The goal was to provide a safe space for women who returned to Nepal and were not able to rejoin their family and community.

After the establishment of the Shelter House Facility, POURAKHI Nepal recognized that many women who returned from abroad had been victimized during the migration process and needed to seek relief from the government of Nepal. In order to provide assistance to these women, POURAKHI Nepal founded a paralegal department. The paralegal department has been extremely successful in its advocacy efforts on behalf of returning migrant workers. In addition, POURAKHI Nepal has established a number of other programs that seek to empower women when they return to Nepal from foreign employment. More specifically, POURAKHI Nepal established a financial literacy program to educate women about how to best utilize the money earned abroad in Nepal and an entrepreneurship program that provides skill based training that focuses on how to open, manage and build a business.

In the area of pre-departure, Pourakhi has established a number of programs that seek to educate women before they migrate abroad. Pourakhi recognized that the majority of women who migrate abroad do not live in the capital of Kathmandu and thus established community based programs in sixteen districts of Nepal. Pourakhi has been instrumental in ensuring that the voices of migrant women workers are heard and reflected in national policy and law. Additionally, Pourakhi has successfully advocated for the government to ratify a number of international laws that seek to protect the rights of women migrant workers.

Although Pourakhi began as an organization by and on behalf of women, it has recognized that all migrant workers have the right to safe migration. Therefore, Pourakhi now assists both women and men in all stages of the migration process. In addition, Pourakhi expanded its efforts to include the family-primarily children-of migrant workers in the educational context. Pourakhi began a program to ensure that the children of migrant workers who either died or were injured abroad were able to continue with their education. The program has been extremely successful in providing financial assistance to a number of children who would not have been able to complete their education in absence of the assistance from Pourakhi. Finally, Pourakhi’s staff has grown to include women and men from diverse backgrounds. As an organization that was begun by women, a historically marginalized group in Nepal, Pourakhi understands that a truly democratic and just society can only be achieved through social inclusion.
In 2003, Dr. Ganesh Gurung, founding Chairperson of the Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS) and former member of the National Planning Commission of Nepal, sought to establish a member based organization to advocate for the rights of women who returned to Nepal after migrating abroad for employment. In order to do so, he sought the assistance of Nepali women who had migrated abroad for employment. The name Pourakhi, which means self-reliant in Nepali, was chosen because it was representative the original vision and mission of the organization. Despite the fact that the founding members of Pourakhi were all women who had migrated abroad for employment, the person selected to be the first Chairperson was a man. However, after only one year Pourakhi appointed a female Chairperson.

Since 2003, Pourakhi Nepal has become a leading organization for individuals who migrate abroad for employment. In order to achieve its’ objective of ensuring the rights of women migrant workers in the entire process of foreign labor migration, Pourakhi Nepal has established a number of programs to address the issues of pre-employment, pre-departure, employment and post arrival support programs. In 2009, Pourakhi Nepal opened a Shelter House Facility for returning migrant workers. The goal was to provide a safe space for women who returned to Nepal and were not able to rejoin their family and community. After the establishment of the Shelter House Facility, Pourakhi Nepal recognized that many women who returned from abroad had been victimized during the migration process and needed to seek relief from the government of government of Nepal. In order to provide assistance to these women, Pourakhi Nepal founded a paralegal department. The paralegal department has been extremely successful in its’ advocacy efforts on behalf of returning migrant workers. In addition, Pourakhi Nepal has established a number of other programs that seek to empower women when they return to Nepal from foreign employment. More specifically, Pourakhi Nepal established a financial literacy program to educate women about how to best utilize the money earned abroad in Nepal and an entrepreneurship program that provides skill based training that focuses on how to open, manage and build a business.

In the area of pre-departure, Pourakhi has established a number of programs that seek to educate women before they migrate abroad. Pourakhi recognized that the majority of women who migrate abroad do not live in the capital of Kathmandu and thus established community based programs in sixteen districts of Nepal. Because of the success of the pre-departure educational programs, Pourakhi hopes to expand to all of the districts in Nepal.

Pourakhi has also been a leader in its’ advocacy efforts with the government. Pourakhi has been instrumental in ensuring that the voices of migrant women workers are heard and reflected in national policy and law. Additionally, Pourakhi has successfully advocated for the government to ratify a number of international laws that seek to protect the rights of women migrant workers.

Although Pourakhi began as an organization by and on behalf of women, it has recognized that all migrant workers have the right to safe migration. Therefore, Pourakhi now assists both woman and men in all stages of the migration process. In addition, Pourakhi expanded its’ efforts to include the family-primarily children-of migrant workers in the educational context. Pourakhi began a program to ensure that the children of migrant workers who either died or were injured abroad were able to continue with their education. The program has been extremely successful in providing financial assistance to a number of children who would not have been able to complete their education absence the assistance from Pourakhi.

Finally, Pourakhi’s staff has grown to include women and men from diverse backgrounds. As an organization that was begun by women, a historically marginalized group in Nepal, Pourakhi understands that a truly democratic and just society can only be achieved through social inclusion.
  • Formation of networks of Women migrant workers Advocacy/lobby
  • Rights-based approach
  • Participatory approach
  • Capacity Building/empowerment
  • Networking/coordination
  • Information dissemination/Awareness
  • Support service: Paralegal and emergency shelter home
  • Feminist Approach
  • Women Rights Based approach
  • To unite women migrant workers for stronger voice and visibility to the issues and concerns of women migrant workers.
  • To advocate for the rights of women migrant workers with Nepal government / Nepal, and other concerned stakeholders to development and implement plans and policies for creating and enabling environment for safe migration and empowerment of women migrant workers.
  • To provide information and consultancy on foreign employment to migrant women workers and their families.
  • To act as a pressure group for the implementation of existing domestic laws and ratification and implementation of international instruments concerned with the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant women workers.
  • To raise awareness of safe migration and the rights of migrant women workers and to advocate with different stakeholders.

Er. Krishna Gurung

Founding Chairperson

Mrs. Manju Gurung

Chairperson

Mrs. Satra Gurung

Secretary

Ms. Kopila Rai

Member

Ms. Srijana Thakali

Member

Ms. Bijay Rai

Member

Ms. Prabha Grurng

Member

Mission

Proactively work to ensure the rights of women migrant workers in the entire phase of foreign labor migration through the process of information counseling, advocacy and empowerment.

Vision

Creating an enabling environment where Nepalese women migrant workers enjoy all their rights.


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