INTEGRATION

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