AkiDwA’s WORK ON FGM

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

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

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.

AkiDwA produced the first initial statistics of the prevalence of FGM in Ireland this was done by

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

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

AkiDwA has been the Irish partner on European END FGM Campaign led by AmnestyInternational

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

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

2012 — After a decade of campaigning and lobbying The Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 was signed into law

AkiDwA published an information leaflet for the public- Female Genital Mutilation and the law inIreland

AkiDwA lobbied to have Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) included in the new Irish national

standardized maternity hospital chart under Risk Factors. This new form will be used for all women booking for maternity care and includes for the first time at a national level FGM as a risk factor for obstetric care.

2013 — “FGM: Information for Healthcare Professionals working in Ireland” 2nd Edition was launched

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.

Collaborated with the IFPA and the HSE for the opening of the first specialised support service for FGM survivors in May 2014

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