Infest Design “Safe Travel” Content and Modules for the Prevention of Extreme Violence for Migrant Workers in Destination Countries

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The Institute for Education Development, Social, Religious, and Cultural Studies (Infest) Yogyakarta designed a module to prevent extreme violence for Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) in their destination countries. In addition to designing media content for the campaign to prevent extremism, Infest also designed module content and content, for the “Safe Travel” application developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Positive content across various platforms can work as a guide and reference for Indonesian diplomats in destination countries of migrant workers.

In the formulation of the Safe Travel module and content, Infest involved a number of experts from various elements of both the government and civil society. Infest explore ideas based on the experience and learning of a number of institutions in the “Safe Travel Workshop and Prevention of Extreme Violence Modules for Female Migrant Workers in Destination Countries”. The event was one of a series of activities from the program “Strengthening the Capacity of Migrant Workers and State Actors in the Prevention of the Spread of Radicalism and Ideologies of Violence among Indonesian Migrant Workers”, with the collaboration of Infest Yogyakarta and UN Women.

The process of the Safe Travel Workshop and the Module for Preventing Extreme Violence for Female Migrant Workers in Destination Countries. (Photo: Documentation from Infest Yogyakarta)

According to Ridwan Wahyudi (Ridwan), Infest Yogyakarta Program Manager, before holding the workshop on the preparation of module content and Safe Travel, Infest had already held a meeting to compile campaign content between the 7th – 9th October 2018. During the meeting, the Directorate of Protection of Indonesian Citizens (PWNI), Indonesian Legal Aid (BHI), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu) discussed the obstacles and challenges for the prevention of radicalism, carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Some of these are limited human resources, resources and materials, budget, and the distribution of PMI in the destination countries.

“Actually, the sources and materials available for the consular as reading materials for socialization are also limited. Thus, to hold an orientation for the arrival of or socialization of PMI entering into a full contract in the destination country is an obstacle faced by government representatives. While the sources of reading material for government representative staff for prevention is also yet to be available,” explained Ridwan.

So, continued Ridwan, Infest felt the need to prepare module content aimed at the level of PMI destination countries, because of the importance of availability of resources/ materials for the orientation of migrant workers, including both those who have just arrived in their destination country and those who are ready to go home.

The extremism prevention program among PMI also involves community organizations in these destination countries, which are expected to contribute to the prevention of extremism for other migrant workers. Within the module and Safe Travel content preparation, Infest involved resource people as well as active participants, consisting of representatives of the Directorate of Indonesian Citizen Protection (PWNI), Indonesian Legal Aid (BHI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemenlu), RI, National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers (BNP2TKI), Migrant Aid, UN Women, Inclusive Foundation, and SatuDunia Foundation.

The workshop resulted in the production of an outlined preventive material resource, that could be used as a reference for government representatives to prevent radicalism among female PMIs in their destination countries. In addition, it was also agreed upon that 2 (two) destination countries will work together as a trial to prevent radicalism amongst PMI. Outlines for module documents and Safe Travel content were also agreed upon by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu) and Infest.

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