The Women Community Leaders Forum in Qatar organised a training session in Doha recently on workers’ rights awareness and obligation on case management.

Women expatriate leaders from Nigeria, Kenya, Nepal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Cameroon, India and the Philippines spearheaded the event.

The objectives were equipping the participants with ample knowledge of labour laws and regulations relevant to the industry or region and enhance their understanding of worker’s rights, including fair wages, safe working conditions, and freedom from gender-based violence and harassment.

Supported by Building Wood Workers International (BWI), the session was attended by 22 women, sharing their personal intervention on the actual case encountered by their members within the organisation and the workplace.

Organisers noted that the discussion focused on understanding Law No. 14 of 2004 and Law No. 15 of 2017 by identifying the top four common problems. Cheryl Cayaban, president of Hero Qatar, told participants: “This is just the tip of the iceberg, your journey of learning the fundamentals of workers’ rights (and obligations) has just begun. Keep this level of learning motivation, track your progress, and increase the level of engagement on these topics with your communities and promote healthy and productive exchange of lived experiences and debates.”

According to the organisers, some key takeaways shared by the participants from Nigeria, Aisha Alabi, include were insightful and useful, while a representative from the Kenyan community, Pauline Kiio, finds interesting the “Bingo getting to know each other” as an icebreaker activity during the session.

From Nepal, Nisha Parajuli, described the group activity as a good point of learning and knowledge. Coming from Ethiopia, Zenaba Olika Tokiye, said that this session was an excellent platform for education and information and she will apply it to her community.

Organisers and key contributors vowed to help and train their respective members and move forward to the next steps for future training plans.
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