MILESTONES & ACHIEVEMENTS

2014

  • On 6th March 2014 at the invitation of Younous OMARJEE and Jean-Jacob BICEP, Members of the European Parliament, Salome Mbugua –AkiDwA CEO made a presentation at the European parliament in Brussels on a topic entitled BRINGING LIFE TO PLURAL EUROPE with discussions on xenophobia and racism as causes of inequalities and injustices.
  • Due to AkiDwA campaign and lobbying and by working in collaboration with other stakeholders Reception and Integration Agency developed and published policy on sexual and gender based violence for managers, staffs and residents of all asylum seekers accommodation centres in Ireland.
  • As part of the organisation work on FGM research recommendations and meetings held in 2013 led to the opening of the 1st specialised clinic on FGM, the clinic was opened in May 2014 by Irish Family Planning Association and supported by HSE.
  • Feasibility study for the organisation was completed and a new strategic plan was developed.

 

2013

  • CEO AkiDwA was invited to deliver presentation at the European Parliament in Brussels on impact of financial and economic crisis on women. She contributes into a policy paper on the role of migrant women in diaspora for international development that was published by friends of Europe a European organisation.
  • Young  migrant women survey and a book-Between Two Cultures with inspirational stories of young migrant women was launched on 12 March during AkiDwA event to mark IWD

 

2012

  • After campaigning for over a decade on FGM. The Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 was signed into law on 2nd April 2012 by President Michael D. Higgins. This law has been effective since 20th September. It is now a criminal offence for someone resident in Ireland to perform FGM. The maximum penalty under all sections of this new law is a fine or imprisonment for up to 14 years or both.
  • AkiDwA launched the report NO PLACE TO CALL HOME Safety and Security Issues of Women Seeking Asylum in Ireland
  • After campaigning for years the organisation saw progress on the area of domestic violence and migrant women: The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service published Guidelines for Immigrants experiencing Domestic Violence
  • AkiDwA new strategic Planning launched

 

2011

  • AkiDwA partnered with the Equality Authority for the “The Multiple Discrimination of Migrant Women in Education and Employment in Ireland”
  • In July 2011, AkiDwA, with Amnesty International, met with the Commissioner of Refugee Applications and a senior member of their policy unit. On discussion was a European initiative, Engendering the European Asylum Support Office (the EASO )
  • AkiDwA as part of NGO domestic gave a presentation at the Dial to Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality the presentation focused on the issue of barriers to domestic violence remedy experienced by women seeking asylum and protection living in direct provision.
  • AkiDwA celebrates a decade of work with migrant women and key stakeholders in Ireland.
  • Ten year organisational review and evaluation was completed.
  • AkiDwA launched the publication, Home and Away-Migrant Women Transforming Ireland.’ An exhibition based on the report was shown in libraries and some local authorities Ireland.

 

2010

  • AkiDwA published and launched research-‘Am Only Saying it Now-Experiences of Women Seeking Asylum in Ireland’.
  • AkiDwA invited twice to the Dáil to give presentations to the Committee on Health and Children and the Committee on Women, Equality and Justice.
  • Launch of AkiDwA Information Booklet on Access to Employment and Education for Migrants’.
  • Salome Mbugua, AkiDwA CEO, is elected as the Deputy Chair of the National Women’s Council of Ireland.
  • AkiDwA CEO is selected to represent Ireland on the Eisenhower Women’s Leadership Programme, USA.

 

2009

  • Published the first ever data on Prevalence of FGM in Ireland
  • Launch of AkiDwA and the Royal College of Surgeons first ever Irish Handbook on FGM: ‘Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Health Care Professional Working in Ireland’.
  • Organized a national conference entitled ‘African and Migrant Women Creating and Shaping Changes’ in support of migrant women going for local election. One migrant woman elected as councillor in county Monaghan.
  • AkiDwA gave presentation on FGM to the Joint Oireachteas Committee on Health and Children.
  • Mary Harney, Minister for Health, announces intention to prohibit FGM in Ireland.
  • Established and implemented the ‘Brain Gain Project’ which is a networking platform for professionals and businesses.

 

2008

  • AkiDwA and IFPA establish the National Steering Committee on Female Genital Mutilation
  • AkiDwA develops and launches the Irish National Action Plan to address FGM in the country.
  • Conference and exhibition held by AkiDwA on ‘Integration and Embracing Diversity’.
  • Provided support to Women’s Enterprise Association of Rakai, Uganda.
  • Implemented the women health project on FGM

 

2007

  • AkiDwA CEO appointed to the Equality Authority Board to represent migrants.
  • Presented on migrant issues to the Anti-Poverty Network in Brussels.
  • Launch of AkiDwA research on ‘Black Irish Women in the Labour Market’.
  • AkiDwA, alongside Mary Robinson, gives presentation on Race, and Immigration in the New Ireland’ at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
  • Submission to the Health Services Executive-‘Ireland National Intercultural Strategy’.
  • Project on domestic violence funded by the DJELR including a workshop, research and publication.

 

2006

  • AkiDwA becomes a registered charity
  • AkiDwA publication-‘Her Story: Migration Stories of African Women’ is launched.
  • Conference entitled ‘Challenging the Invisibility of Black and Ethnic Minority Women in Ireland’ was held.
  • AkiDwA, in Partnership with Business in the Community and SPIRASI implements project, ‘Employment for the Parents of Irish Citizens (EPIC)’.

 

2005

  • AkiDwA receives its first substantial funding from Social Entrepreneur Ireland.
  • Organisational structures and policies developed.
  • First strategic plan developed for AkiDwA.
  • AkiDwA secures first office at the Dublin Central Mission.
  • AkiDwA National Director Salome Mbugua presented a key note speech at Croke Park conference, ‘Racism in the 21st Century: Implementing the National Action Plan Against Racism’ organised by the NCCRI among others.
  • Focus groups discussion to gauge the understanding and prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) held in Athlone with migrant women from FGM practising communities.

 

2004

  • International Women’s Day- AkiDwA visited female prisons in Mountjoy Prison.
  • AkiDwA together with Dr. Ronit Lentin initiated the Coalition Against the Deportation of Irish Children (CADIC). AkiDwA campaigned and lobbied against the deportation of migrant parents of Irish Children
  • AkiDwA delivered training on capacity building that reached over three hundred women in six counties.
  • Submission to NGO alliance against racism. Second report under the International Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Racism.

 

2003

  • AkiDwA delivered training on the representation and participation to 374 migrant women.
  • Outreach to migrant women in seventeen counties for needs assessment
  • Presentation to the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights on the Immigration Bill 2002 and on the implications of the Supreme Court judgement concerning the residency rights of migrant parents of Irish Citizens.
  • AkiDwA officially launched by the Minister of State, Mr Tom Kitt, TD.

 

2002

  • First training package entitled ‘Understanding Racism and its Effect in Society’ was developed and delivered to community groups and schools
  • Submission to the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform (DJELR) entitled ‘National Action Plan for Women’.
  • AkiDwA contributed to the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s anti racism and women’s project, ‘In From the Margin’ and delivered the key note address at their conference.
  • In association with Catherine McAuley Centre, produced the second training package on ‘Race, Women and Cultural Diversity’ is developed and delivered to indigenous and migrant women.
  • Submission to the DJELR Ireland National Action Plan against racism together with the Catherine McAuley Centre and the Islamic Centre.

 

2001

  • Platform for African Women established in Dublin.
  • Three open door meetings were held at Catherine McAuley Centre to develop support networks for migrant women.
  • First social intercultural event held at Irish Film Centre