Addressing Sexual and Gender based violence
AkiDwA has been working with migrant women in Ireland to address sexual and gender based Violence for two decades.
While Sexual and Gender Based Violence covers a very broad area, AkiDwA focuses on addressing Female Genital Mutilation, domestic abuse, forced marriages and trafficking.
AkiDwA has been working to improve health care supports and services in Ireland for women who have undergone FGM in their country of origin and to improve policy and legislation with regard to how FGM survivors access treatment and support services here since 2000.
AkiDwA recognises five types of Sexual and Gender-based violence: sexual violence, physical, emotional and psychological violence, harmful traditional practices and socio-economic violence. However AkiDwA focuses our expertise on working to end FGM, domestic abuse, forced marriages and trafficking.
- FGM: AkiDwA offers training about FGM to health care professionals, Gardai and to other front line service providers
- AkiDwA trains people to volunteer as Community Health Ambassadors and we also support them in carrying out their roles
- AkiDwA engages in community dialogue about the impact of FGM with schools, NGOs and community organisations
- Domestic violence: AkiDwA supports women experiencing male violence and we are building links with organisations that provide supports. AkiDwA provides support, guidance and training to migrant women experiencing domestic violence and we support service providers by helping them to engage with migrant women. AkiDwA engages in collaborative work with key NGOs and Government stakeholders, to encourage policymakers to building gender and migrant perspectives into key policies.
- Forced marriages and trafficking – AkidwA researches the impact of trafficking and how FGM is linked to girls leaving education and earlier marriages
- We support campaigns such as Turn off the Red Light which resulted in sex work being decriminalised in Ireland, with the passage of the Criminal Law Sex Offences Act 2017.