AkiDwA works to help migrant women to access mainstream services and to become more involved in civic bodies and community organisations.
Migrant women face the double discrimination of gender and race and this can hold back their advancement in work, education and society. Racism requires constant challenge, from the micro-level to the macro-level and across all fields, from politics to education and schools, inthe media, public administration and the law.
AkiDwA sees employment and entrepreneurship as key to integration and to providing migrant women with greater economic independence. The recent Migrant Women na hEireann Manifesto Launch made it clear that Migrant women in Ireland need better access to the labour market.
Migrant women seeking work face many barriers. Their existing skills, education and work experience in their countries of origin may not be recognised in Ireland and the cost of getting certificates and Diplomas translated and notarised can be prohibitive.
Economic independence is crucial to women who are experiencing domestic violence so that they can make decisions based on their safety rather than on being in a state of poverty. Employment