AkiDwA’s WORK ON FGM
2018 – AkidwA recruited 13 active Community Health Ambassadors and provided 2 training in Dublin. Community Health Ambassador Memory Mangava and Sitshenisiwe Nondo raised awareness in Carrick-on-Suir to educate the community about FGM, the law against FGM and the impact it has on women and children both physically and mentally which was also featured in the local newspaper.
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).
2013 — “FGM: Information for Healthcare Professionals working in Ireland” 2nd Edition was launched.
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 in Ireland.
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 looking for maternity care and includes for the first time at a national level FGM as a risk factor for 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.
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.
AkiDwA has been the Irish partner on European END FGM campaign led by Amnesty International.
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.
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 being 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.