AkiDwa’s pioneering work on research into FGM led to the opening of Ireland’s first specialised family planning clinic for women who have undergone FGM, supported by the HSE
Following a series of meetings with stakeholders throughout 2013, the Irish Family Planning Association opened the clinic for FGM survivors in May
In March AkiDwA CEO Salome Mbugua made a presentation to Members of the European Parliament in Brussels on Bringing Life to Plural Europe, at the invitation of Younous OMARJEE and Jean-Jacob BICEP. Her talk led to the EU parliament discussing xenophobia and racism as causes of inequalities and injustice
AkiDwA’s campaigning and lobbying and working in collaboration with other stakeholders produced positive results when the Reception and Integration Agency developed and published a policy on sexual and gender based violence for managers, staff and residents of all accommodation centres for asylum seekers in Ireland
Following a feasibility study for AkiDwA, a new strategic plan was developed for the organisation
AkiDwA CEO delivered a presentation to the European Parliament in Brussels on the impact of financial and economic crisis on women. She contributed to a policy paper on the role of migrant women in diaspora for international development that was published by Friends of Europe a European organisation
Akidwa undertook a survey of Young migrant women
Between Two Cultures, A book featuring inspirational stories of the expereiences of young migrant women in Ireland was launched by AkiDwA on 12 March to celebrate International Women’s Day
After more than a decade of campaigning by AkiDwA to end FGM in Ireland, the Criminal Justice Act 2012 (Female Genital Mutilation) was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins on 2nd April 2012
The law became effective on 20th September, making it a criminal offence for anyone resident in Ireland to perform FGM. The maximum penalty under this new law is a fine, imprisonment for up to 14 years orboth
AkiDwA launched the No Place to Call Home Report which highlighted Issues ofSafety and Security for Women Seeking Asylum in Ireland
After years of campaigning we saw progress in the area of domestic violence for migrant women, when The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) published Guidelines for Immigrants experiencing Domestic Violence
AkiDwA’s new strategic plan was launched.
AkiDwA partnered with the Equality Authority to produce a report on The Multiple Discrimination against Migrant Women in Education and Employment in Ireland
In July 2011, AkiDwA, with Amnesty International, met with the Commissioner of Refugee Applications and a senior member of their policy unit to discuss a European initiative called Engendering the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)
AkiDwA gave a presentation at the Dáil to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality which focused on the barriers faced by women who are living in direct provision when they seek remedies for domestic violence
AkiDwA celebrated a decade of work with migrant women and key stakeholders across Ireland
AkiDwA completed a ten year organisational review and evaluation
AkiDwA launched the publication, ‘Home and Away: Migrant Women Transforming Ireland’. An exhibition based on the report was shown in libraries and local authorities across Ireland.
AkiDwA published Am Only Saying it Now research into the Experiences of Women Seeking Asylum in Ireland
AkiDwA was invited to the Dáil twice to give presentations to the Committee on Health and Children and to the Committee on Women, Equality and Justice
AkiDwA Launched an Information Booklet on Access to Employment and Education for Migrants
AkiDwA CEO Salome Mbugua was elected as Deputy Chair of the National Women’s Council of Ireland.
AkiDwA CEO is selected to represent Ireland on the Eisenhower Women’s Leadership Programme in the USA,
Published the first ever data on Prevalence of FGM in Ireland.
AkiDwA and the Royal College of Surgeons launch the first ever Irish Handbook on FGM: Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Health Care Professionals Working in Ireland
One migrant woman was elected as a Councillor in County Monaghan after AkiDwA organized a national conference entitled African and Migrant Women: Creating and Shaping Changes in support of migrant women running in local elections
AkiDwA gave a presentation on FGM to the Joint Oireachteas Committee on Health and Children
The Minister for Health Mary Harney announced her intention to prohibit FGM in Ireland
AkiDwA established the Brain Gain Project, a networking platform for migrant professionals and business people operating in Ireland
AkiDwA and IFPA established the National Steering Committee to work together to end Female Genital Mutilation.
AkiDwA developed and launched the Irish National Action Plan to address FGM in the country
AkiDwA organised a Conference and exhibition on Integration and Embracing Diversity
AkiDwA provided support to theWomen’s Enterprise Association of Rakai, Uganda
Implemented the women health project on Ending FGM
AkiDwA CEO is appointed to the Board of Ireland’s Equality Authority in order to represent the interests of migrants
AkiDwA makes a presentation on migrant issues to the Anti-Poverty Network in Brussels
AkiDwA published our research on Black Irish Women in the Labour Market
AkiDwA gave a presentation on Race and Immigration in the New Ireland at the University of Notre Dame, USA, alongside former President Mary Robinson
AkiDwA makes a Submission to the Health Services Executive to help it develop Ireland’s National Intercultural Strategy
An AkiDwA project on domestic violence is funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (DJELR) resulting in a workshop, and the publication of our research
AkiDwA becomes a registered charity.
AkiDwA publishes a short book entitled Her Story: Migration Stories of African Women
AkiDwA organises a Conference entitled: Challenging the Invisibility of Black and Ethnic Minority Women in Ireland
AkiDwA partners with Business in the Community (BiTC) and SPIRASI, to organise the Employment for the Parents of Irish Citizens (EPIC) project
AkiDwA receives its first substantial funding from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
AkiDwA’s first organisational structures and policies are developed
AkiDwA’s First strategic plan is developed
AkiDwA secures its very first office at the Dublin Central Mission
AkiDwA National Director Salome Mbugua presented a key note speech on Racism in the 21st Century: Implementing the National Action Plan against Racism at the landmark Croke Park Conference, which was organised by the NCCRI and many other groups
Focus group discussions are held in Athlone with migrant women from FGM practising communities in order to gauge their understanding of FGM and to begin assessing the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in Ireland
AkiDwA visits women in Mountjoy Prison on International Women’s Day
AkiDwA initiates the ‘Coalition against the Deportation of Irish Children’ (CADIC) with Dr Ronit Lentin.
AkiDwA campaigns and lobbies against the deportation of migrant parents of Irish Children
AkiDwA delivered training on capacity building that reached over three hundred women in six counties
AkiDwA makes a submission to the NGO alliance against racism
AkiDwA contributes to the Second report of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racism
AkiDwA delivered training on the representation and participation to 374 migrant women.
AkiDwA begins Outreach to migrant women in seventeen counties and conducts needs assessments with them
AkiDwA makes a presentation to the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights on the Immigration Bill 2002 and on the implications of the Supreme Court judgement concerning the residency rights of migrant parents of Irish Citizens
AkiDwA is officially launched by the Minister of State, Mr Tom Kitt, TD
AkiDwA’s first training package Understanding Racism and its Effect in Society was developed and delivered to community groups and schools
AkiDwA makes a submission to the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform (DJELR) asking for a National Action Plan for Women
AkiDwA contributed to the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s anti-racism and women’s project, In from the Margin and delivered the keynote address at the NWCI conference
AkiDwA produced our second training package on Race, Women and Cultural Diversity and delivered it to indigenous and migrant women, in association with the Catherine McAuley Centre
AkiDwA makes a submission to the DJELR on the need for Ireland to develop a National Action Plan against Racism together with the Catherine McAuley Centre and the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland.
AkiDwA helps to establish a networking platform for African Women in Dublin
Three open door meetings were held at Catherine McAuley Centre to develop support networks for migrant women
AkiDwA’s First social intercultural event was held at the Irish Film Centre