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February 24, 2016

Migrant Labour Fellows 2016 announced

Panos South Asia named 10 journalists representing Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the 2016 Fellows on South Asian Initiative for Migrant Labour.

The fellowships are being offered by Panos South Asia as a part of a Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) project for encouraging dialogue and discussion on migrant labour issues among concerned stakeholders, including migrant labourers, trade unions, and governments of labour-sending and labour-receiving countries.

The 2016 fellows were selected from among the applications of hundreds of journalists from South Asia. More than 200 journalists applied for the year-long fellowship. “The selection committee had a difficult time choosing the best among the best, but at the end, it is a good class with journalists with passion and experience in migrant labour issues,” Ramyata Limbu, the Head of Operations at Panos South Asia said.

The 2016 Fellows on South Asian Initiative for Migrant Labour are:

1. Halima Begum Jhumur (Bangladesh), Ekattor TV
2. Parvez Babul (Bangladesh), Freelance columnist
3. Syeda Samira Sadeque (Bangladesh), Dhaka Tribune daily
4. K Rajendran (India), Kairali TV / People TV
5. Rina Mukherji (India), Freelancer
6. Dinesh Regmi (Nepal), Kantipur daily
7. Om Astha Rai (Nepal), Nepali Times weekly
8. Sabrina Toppa (Pakistan), Freelancer
9. Shahzada Irfan Ahmed (Pakistan), The News on Sunday
10. Dhaneshi Yatawara (Sri Lanka), Sunday Observer

The fellowship will support writing/reporting stories on migrant labour from the region and labour-receiving countries. The fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in an orientation workshop in the last week of February 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal and first-hand experience trip to select destination countries that will link them with individuals and institutions from these neighbouring countries and understand migrant-related issues from a South Asian perspective. The fellowship also offers an opportunity of being mentored by experienced editors.

The works of the Fellows appear in Panos South Asia’s Migrant Labour Blog.


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