AKIDWA’S WORK TO END FGM

2019 —   AkiDwa celebrated the second  Zero Tolerance for FGM Day with Action Aid on February 6th at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.  Triona Pender of Action Aid explained how the AFTER project is tackling FGM in  Cork.

2018 — AkiDwA recruited 13 active Community Health Ambassadors and provided  them with training in Dublin.  After being trained by Akidwa to raise awareness  of the damaging  effects of FGM, Community Health Ambassadors Memory Mangava and Sitshenisiwe Nondo began working   in Carrick-on-Suir to educate the community about FGM, the law against it and the impact it has on women and children in terms of physical and mental  health.

Their work as  Akidwa Community Health Ambassadors was featured in the local newspaper.

2017

2016

2015 — AkiDwA reconvened the National Steering Committee on FGM to make recommendations for the 2nd National Action Plan on FGM (2015-2020).

2014  AkiDwA became a founding member of the European End FGM Network. This involves 11 organisations from across Europe working together to advocate for European action on FGM.

May 2014 — AkiDwA collaborated with the IFPA and the HSE   to plan  the opening of the first specialised support service for FGM survivors

2013 —  Akidwa collaborated with  Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons  (RCSI), Pobal and the HSE’s Social Inclusion Unit  to   revise and update the 2nd Edition of the FGM handbook Information for Healthcare Professionals working in Ireland. The first handbook  to helpfor Irish healthcare professionals identify and tret women with FGM was produced by Akidwa in 2008.

2012 — After a decade of campaigning and lobbying by organisations like Akidwa, Ireland’s Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 was signed into law.  One of the innovative aspects of this law is that it became a criminal offence to take children outside the country  to subject them to FGM.

2012  — AkiDwA published an information leaflet for the public- Female Genital Mutilation and the law in Ireland.

2012  — AkiDwA lobbied to have Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) included as a Risk Factor in the new Irish national standardized maternity hospital chart. The new hospital charts are used for all women looking for maternity care.  This marked the first time that  FGM was officially highlighted  at a national level as a risk factor in obstetric care.

 2010 — An Bord Altranais Practice Standards for Midwives, which is sent to all registered midwives in Ireland, came into force in July 2010 and now includes a section on FGM.

2010  AkiDwA established two community forums for dialogue on FGM in Cork and Galway.

 2009 — AkiDwA and the IFPA made representations to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on the need for legislation to prohibit FGM and for the promotion of health services related to FGM.

 2009 — AkiDwAi  joins the European END FGM campaign led by Amnesty International as the official Irish partner organisation .

 2008 — Both Organisations agreed to develop a National Plan of Action to address FGM in Ireland. This was supported by a steering committee of diverse stakeholders including children’s advocacy groups, women and human rights organisations.

 2008 —AkiDwA produced the first initial statistics of the prevalence of FGM in Ireland.

2008 — AkiDwA and the Royal College of Surgeon’s published an information handbook – Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Healthcare Professionals Working in Ireland – to raise awareness among healthcare professionals.

 2005 — Consultations with women from communities where FGM is practiced led to a partnership with the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA).

 2001 — Commenced awareness raising on FGM, promoting migrant women’s health, and campaigning for legislation to prohibit the practice.