A returned migrant woman in Nepal finds a new start

Basanti Tamang left her home in Nepal to work as a housemaid in Lebanon, only to find that the earnings she sent home had all been spent by the time she returned. Without a job or formal education, Basanti was economically dependent on her husband and faced negative attitudes from her community. After years of struggling to make ends meet, she learned about a tailoring training for returned women migrant workers. The “Future We Want” reintegration programme, a joint initiative of UN Women, Zonta International and IOM, provided three months of vocational skills training to returned women migrant workers in Nepal. Training participants were also provided with information on safe migration and their rights. After successfully completing the training, Basanti was able to start her own business, opening a tailoring shop that now helps provide for her family. All migrants have the potential to make positive and profound contributions to economic and social developments in countries of origin, transit and destination. Yet women who migrate for work face specific challenges and situations of vulnerability in their countries of origin, transit and destination. UN Women calls for a global migration policies, programmes and laws that promote gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure that the human rights of women and girls are fully respected at all stages of migration. #ForMigrationSubscribe to UN Women here: https://bit.ly/2AV6WZ8 For more about UN Women’s work, visit: http://www.unwomen.org Follow UN Women here:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/unwomenTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/UN_WomenInstagram: http://instagram.com/unwomenFlickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unwomenMedium: https://medium.com/@UN_WomenLinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/un-women