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#MMN_Voices Ghana Episode 1_The Ghana_Team

Introducing the first episode of our #MMN_Voices podcast series.

In this episode, host Ebenezer Dwomoh talks to Ghana’s local #MMN coordinators Rhoda Wedem, Peter Narh, Emmanuel Korsah, Sabina Abuga, and James Oboade. They discuss the aim of the #MMN project in Ghana.

This podcast is a r0g_agency production and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Ministry, the Auswärtiges Amt.

“Harnessing the potential of human mobility”

by Dr.rer.nat. Cosmas Kombat Lambini, #MMN Ghana Migration Advisor – Germany

The United Nations General Assembly, taking into account the ever-increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants’ Day on 4th  December, 2000.  The day is also celebrated globally in honour of the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families in 1990. This commemoration further reminds us of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaiming all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

This blog article seeks to highlight the significance of harnessing the potential of human mobility – The theme of this year’s Migrants Day.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that over 272 million people are currently living outside their country of origin representing 3.5% of the world population.

The importance of human mobility can therefore not be underestimated as the rate of migration keeps increasing astronomically. Available evidence shows that more humans are mobile in this age and time than ever before in history partly due to advances in transportation. Human mobility and connectivity are even made easier and faster due to advances in digital technology and the way migration information is shared through social media and other digital platforms.

Migration in general is not a bad thing

Human mobility and migration in general are not a bad thing as this is inherently part of our history as Homo Sapiens. It is increasingly clear that even in the Covid 19 pandemic and in the wake of alarming climate risks the rate of human mobility keeps soaring globally.

The numerous youth from African countries who on a daily bases risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans to Europe demonstrates this point that we cannot completely stop human mobility.

Today’s celebration of Migrants should serve as an opportunity to reflect on Human Mobility and how decision makers, Governments, Non-Governmental Organisations, private sector actors, academia, and people’s movement could harness the potential of mobility by appreciating the enormous contributions of migrants’ knowledge, networks, skills, and cultures to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and strengthening resilience of our global society rather than the often negativity  and prejudice associated with migration especially in the global north by some section of the population.

Social Media – key driver of human mobility

One key solution to harnessing this potential of migration is by advocating for free choice to migrate. This free will should be based on equitable distribution of economic opportunities among youth and vulnerable groups who are mostly prone to migrate and affirming to our common commitment to safer and dignified mobility for all people. This might sound as a mirage but if there is equity in distribution and local economic opportunities are provided to most youth, this could go a long way to change human mobility narrative especially in most African countries.

A key driver of human mobility in our digital world is the use of social media in spreading false and fake information to potential migrants. Harnessing the potential of human mobility should start with providing reliable migration information to migrants to freely choose to safely migrate and promoting economic, social and political opportunities to the youth who are mostly at the centre of human mobility.

The #MMN project is one example of a sustainable project that seeks to enhance safer human mobility and creating economic opportunities for potential migrants to decide to migrate or not migrate based on available local opportunities.

 

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Sources:

  1. Harnessing migration – Sustainable Goals
  2. Harnessing the potential of migration | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org)

#MMN meetup: Women and Migration

The Migrant Media Network is hosting a meetup on the 24. November 2021 from 18-20hrs, CET that focuses on the experiences of African diaspora communities in Germany. 

This meetup will focus on women and migration, specifically on how to create safe spaces for migrant women. The meetup will take place at the r0g_agency office, Knobelsdorffstr.22, in Berlin-Charlottenburg. 

The event will feature talks by Jennifer Kamau, co-founder of International Women* Space and Isatou Barry, an activist fighting against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. 

To join us, please send us an email at info@migrantmedia.network or message us via Instagram or FB. Registration is open until Monday, November 15th. The meetup is open to anyone interested in the topic; you do not need to be a member of a diaspora community to attend. 

2G rules will apply: you must either be fully vaccinated against covid-19 or have proof of recovery to attend. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Event Link : https://migrantmedia.network/event/creating-safe-spaces-for-migrant-women/

Events

Outreach in the Galo-Sota Community

 

 

Outreach organized on 16th November 2021 to meet Madam Gladys Dogbey (Women Leader at Galo-Sota) and Madam Celestina Gadese from Kpenu all in the Anloga District. The plan was to train and encourage participants to carry on with the #MMN r0g’s message across in their community management and meeting to also keep and train the youth especially the girls, parents, and influencers. I think this can work that is why it is important.

“Irregular Migration” Outreach By James #MMN Volta Region Coordinator

On the 2nd December 2021, An Outreach was organized at Adidome Farm Institute to inform and educate the people about migration issues and discourage Irregular Migration and promote livelihood as a positive alternative to the constraints about jobs, skills, and against poverty among the youth. The Farm Institute trained the youth in Agribusiness and as our main reason, we tried to work with the Senior Administrator to best support the youth in the communities. Senior officer and lecturer in the Institute said he and his colleagues are ready to work with #MMN. He said when the youth are ready, they can even come and train, mentor, and support them in any other way.

Stammtisch in Keta on “Human trafficking and Human smugglers”

 

 

Stammtisch was organized and held at Tsiame Community Centre in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region, with fifty-seven (57) participants – 30 males and 27 females. The topic discussed was Migration Decisions and Human Trafficking. We also talked about the topic: Resources and Information, the Plan before you pack concept.

The training helped the participants to understand modern ways of human trafficking and how smugglers can traffic potential migrants through the internet and social media. They also learned how they can use  Social Media to educate themselves about job opportunities at home, start something small and grow it gradually as an alternative to irregular migration. Mr. David from the BAC supported the #MMN, informed and also confirmed to participants that there are livelihood opportunities in place for the youth to access. James also talked about possibilities for funds to support the youth who are ready to start something for themselves and also promised to stand by the #MMN as our work is becoming more and more interesting as we mainly focused on youth empowerment and development.

Stammtisch on “Migration issues”

 

 

 

A stammtisch (roundtable discussion) was organized just for Assemblymen and women and other communities influencers from six (6) different communities from the Hohoe District Assembly to inform and train them on migration issues (regular/irregular migration) to Europe. The six (6) Assemblymen and women and the other influencers were all glad about #MMN’s focus on the youth and women for empowerment and the opportunities the youth can exploit in their own local communities without migrating to Europe.

“Planning The Journey” Stammtisch

Community outreach was planned and organized with the women and girls at the Song-Ba Empowerment Centre which was facilitated by Madam Humiamatu(Director for National Vocational Institute) The meeting was attended by 29 participants in all. The outreach was very interactive with every question which was asked by the participants being answered. The ladies were very happy about the engagement and the fact that they could ask their questions and get them answered.

We engaged the women and girls on the topics PLANNING THE JOURNEY. We also made them know that, is not that we don’t want them to migrate but it must be done in a safe way and through regular means. We also help them to plan their journey with the S.M.A.R.T goals for migration.

We also discuss how to measure the goals that will answer these questions:

  • How will I track my progress?
  • How much time do I need?
  • How much of a resource (time, money, energy) do I need?
  • What are some mini-goals I can set along the way?

Women In migration Stammtisch

 

 

On the 5th of October, 2021, our second Stammtisch was held with young women of 4 training Centers in Tamale. The purpose of these young women is to address some of the social issues that motivate them to migrate. This Stammtisch was facilitated by Madam Humaimatu (Director at the National Vocational Institute) and Hajia Halimatu Sagito (Director of SWIDA Ghana). These facilitators are well-trained personalities who focus on training women in addressing social issues that affect their lives. Wedam Rhoda, the local coordinator for the MMN project in Tamale gave the welcome address to the participants and encouraged them to actively participate in the Stammtisch so as to get themselves well informed about the social issues that are affecting the lives of women and motivate them to migrate.

 

Outreach By Sabina

 

Sabina Abuga (local coordinator) on Tuesday 7th December 2021, made a courtesy call to Prof. Augustine Tanle, a Professor of Migration and Refugees Studies in the Department of Population and Health, University of Cape Coast to introduce the MMN activities and Field Guide Tool Kit to him. Prof. Tanle is one of the few professors in the University who has a keen interest and passion for issues related to Migration and Refugees. His interest in women and migration is exceptional. He was amazed about the activities of the Organization and also agreed to support the Organization in achieving its objectives and goal.

Migration Decisions Stammtisch in Moree

 

A round table discussion was organized by Sabina Abuga (Local coordinator) for the Council Youth of Moree in the Central Region. The discussion commenced at exactly 1:38 pm with half of the participants Seated. Mr. Robert Awkoh, the leader of the group welcomed them for availing them for the meeting and as well introduced Sabina as the Central Regional Coordinator for MMN and the moderator for the discussion. Sabina started the presentation by introducing them to the overall activities of MMN and what we seek to achieve as a group. After which, I introduced the topic for the day: Migration Decisions, the role of a potential Migrant in exploring safer options of migration.

Graduation Ceremony at Moree “PLANING A JOURNEY”

 

 

Nana Amyi IV invited Sabina Abuga (#MMN Local Coordinator) for the Graduation Ceremony of the Basic Education Certificate Examination(BECE) Graduands of Moree Catholic, Moree Methodist, and Moree D.A Junior High Schools.

Sabina presented the activities of the Migrant Media Network and used the bull eye theory to identify the plans of these potential Migrants as they are to sit at home for a few months for their results before they continue with their education. In the course of the interactions, it was realized that most of these potential Migrants were actually planning on traveling to the cities Accra and Kumasi. The topic discussed for the day was, PLANING A JOURNEY.

 

 

Commuity Entry NSUTA

 

 

 

 

 

Community entry is key to our activities, Emmanuel Korsah visited the Chief of Nsuta at his palace with the  Queen’s mother and some community leaders to discuss with him the purpose of me meeting his community people. The Chief Nana Owusu Ameyaw II and queen mother Nana Afofie with the community leaders Mr. Apraku with Uncle Atta who joined Emmanuel to the palace to discuss with the chief his purpose in their community were honored with the opportunity to introduce himself. Emmanuel, told Nana Owusu his purpose for coming and briefed him about the Migrant Media Network  #MMN, and also shared with him some information in the #MMN Field Guide Kit,  he will be sharing with his community people. Nana Owusu delightfully welcomed him again and said is a good initiative, also Nana Owusu thanked #MMN for visiting and choosing his town as part of the communities we are sharing valuable migration information with. He again stated, “his community is one of the communities that youth travel a lot especially through Libya and the desert, and encourage is good for bringing such activity into his community”.

The chief gave permission for the team to undertake information dissemination activities on irregular and regular migration in his community.