is a national network of migrant women living in Ireland established in 2001 by a group of African women to address, isolation, racism and Gender Based Violence that the women were experiencing at the time.
AkiDwA Vision is a just society where there is equal opportunity and equal access to resources in all aspects of society, social, cultural, economic, civic and political.
AkiDwA Mission is to promote equality and justice for migrant women living in Ireland.
AkiDwA promotes the equality of migrant women in Irish society, free of gender and racial stereotyping. The organisation applies a holistic approach to integration, promoting a migrant and gender-specific approach to public services as well as encouraging migrant women’s access to mainstream services and initiatives. AkiDwA supports migrant women’s greater participation in Irish society. AkiDwA employs three key strategies to achieve its objectives, networking, policy work and capacity building..
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
AkiDwA plays a key role in addressing areas of concern to migrant women, that of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Employment and Gender Discrimination. In Addition AkiDwA engages in collaborative work with key NGOs and Government stakeholders, building in a gender perspective.
The organisation is a recognised authority in gender-based violence work for migrant women in Ireland. GBV covers a broad area however AkiDwA focuses on Female Genital Mutilation and domestic violence. The organisation is working to improve health care supports and services to women who have undergone FGM in their country of origin and also at policy and legislation in regards to FGM. AkiDwA provides support, guidance and training to migrant women experiencing domestic violence and to service providers.
To achieve positive outcomes for themselves, their families and their communities, migrant women need better access to the labour market, which includes recognition of skills, education and work experience from their country of origin, the organisation sees employment as key to integration and economic independence of migrant women.
Equality of treatment and engagement is promoted in the organisation’s work and activities. The organisation advocates for a level playing field for migrant women living in Ireland in their private and public lives and encourages Government to approach access to rights, services and economic opportunities from a gender perspective.
On 29 September 2016, AkiDwA hosts a national conference on Embracing Diversity: Equality, Now, Then and the Future with key note speech by David Stanton – minister for Equality, Immigration and Integration to mark its 15th year anniversary
On 6th March 2014 Salome Mbugua –AkiDwA founder and president made a presentation at the European parliament in Brussels on a topic entitled BRINGING LIFE TO PLURAL EUROPE with discussions on xenophobia and racism as causes of inequalities and injustices.
In collaboration with other stakeholders, Reception and Integration Agency developed and published policy on sexual and gender based violence for managers, staffs and residents of all asylum seekers accommodation centres in Ireland.
As part of the organisation work on FGM research recommendations and meetings held in 2013 led to the opening of the 1st specialised clinic on FGM, the clinic was opened in May 2014 by Irish Family Planning Association and supported by HSE.
Contact us at:
Unit 2 Killarney Court
Upper Buckingham Street