Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to ensure strong bilateral labor accords and formidable government institutions put in place to protect migrant Kenyan workers working Gulf Countries from harassment,exploitation and abuse.
I want every Kenyan migrant working in any Gulf country to be treated fairly and with dignity i.e protection from contract substitution,physical abuse,sexual harassment ,passport withholding by employers.
It's all part of making a better world.
With well developed migration labor rights structures and institutions,Kenya will benefit in that more skilled workers working in GCC countries will be able to contribute to the economy while easing the burden of the massive unemployment and poverty in Kenya.Human rights,dignity and labor rights will be upheld for the workers.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by workers working for Gulf countries and their families,unemployed youths who have skills and would want to search for greener pastures in the Gulf,Human Rights groups who have unsuccessfully advocated for rights of workers.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
Prove of influence and engaging the relevant stakeholders;The Ministry of Foreign affairs,the Human rights groups against workers' exploitation,media,the migrant workers and their families etc
Tabling of policy in legislature;proves that the issue is urgent and important
Support and more voices pushing for this objective
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
Improved foreign relations between Kenya and Gulf Countries not just bilateral trade agreements but addressing this underlying issue.
Support and more voices pushing for this course and policy to be approved by government.
Establishment of institutions of protection of Kenya migrant workers in Kenyan Embassies and consulates in the Gulf Countries
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?