2023: Two health fair events held in Dublin and Athlone, attracting over 300 participants.
• To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, AkiDwA organized and held a meeting in the AV room at the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) to discuss racism in Ireland. All senators and TDs were invited.
• AkiDwA launched the "Dublin My City of Dreams" art project, engaging communities in Dublin to express their hopes for improving the city.
• At the invitation of the Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Defence, AkiDwA participated in the commemoration of the Good Friday Agreement held at the Abbey Theatre.
• AkiDwA played a key role in the "Ireland for All" March. Our CEO addressed the crowd during the press conference and on the day itself, advocating for the rights and well-being of migrant women in Ireland.
• The Decade for People of African Descent was launched, an initiative AkiDwA has been advocating for since 2017. The organization co-chairs the national steering committee overseeing its implementation.
• AkiDwA joined the Women's Caucus in the Oireachtas, contributing our perspective to the dialogue on gender equality in Irish politics. During a session in the Dáil, we shared insights and aspirations, working towards a more balanced political future.
• AkiDwA appeared before the justice committee, offering insightful perspectives and opinions regarding the establishment of the new DSGBV (Domestic, Sexual, and Gender-Based Violence) agency.
• In collaboration with Galway University, AkiDwA held a national policy dialogue on DSGBV in Athlone, bringing together key stakeholders, including government bodies, civil society, academia, voluntary organizations, and members of migrant communities.
• The "Join Our Chain" Kickstart Conference, focusing on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Early and Forced Marriages (EFM), was held at Cork University.
• With funding from the Network of European Feminists, AkiDwA established two new projects on economic empowerment for migrant women: EmpowHer and HerVenture. These initiatives aim to increase migrant women's access to economic resources and opportunities, including jobs and skills development.
• The "Let’s Talk" Podcast on mental health, produced by young migrant women from AkiDwA, was launched.
• AkiDwA was awarded funding under an anti-racism initiative to implement a project with stakeholders, addressing and informing work on discrimination and racism in the labour market.
• AkiDwA participated in the Abortion Working Group Press Conference and presented the perspective of migrant women on the need to reform abortion law. Specifically, we advocated for lifting the statutory 28-week gestation limit and the mandatory 3-day waiting period, and for addressing economic and physical access barriers to abortion services.

2022: AkiDwA featured on billboards through a mental health project supported by the Bank of Ireland and Community Foundation Ireland. The billboards were displayed at several bus stops around the country, and the advert also appeared on RTE TV.
• AkiDwA launched a toolkit at the EU Parliament, featuring six policy areas and 76 recommendations from a project Forum.
• The CEO of AkiDwA was honoured with the prestigious Mayor of Dublin Award, recognizing her dedication and leadership.
• AkiDwA participated in a march to mark the 10th anniversary of Savita Halappanavar legacy, standing in solidarity to ensure her memory continues to inspire change.
• The organization produced and launched four publications: a storybook detailing the experiences of migrant women parenting in Ireland, a service provider's guide, a toolkit on cultural competence, and a report on unlocking the potential of women seeking asylum in Ireland. Another report focused on African children in state care.
• A submission was made to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
• A third edition guide for healthcare professionals on FGM was launched.
• AkiDwA participated in a women's rally opposite the Dáil on March 5th and later in a conference on women's leadership in a changing Ireland organized by Sinn Féin. 

2021: AkiDwA celebrated its 20th anniversary, marking two decades of significant contributions. The year was filled with activities, including 14 masterclass series, 46 workshops, and 6 conferences.
• AkiDwA engaged with key policymakers and public representatives, including the Minister for Justice, the Secretary-General of the Department of Justice, and the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth.
• AkiDwA contributed to the development of the new National Action Plan on Racism through three appearances before the Anti-Racism Committee. The final meeting, held jointly with the National Women's Traveller Forum, NWCI, and AkiDwA, focused on the intersection of gender, racism, and oppression.
• Following the death of George Nkencho, AkiDwA convened two meetings with IHREC and leaders and youth of African Descent to address their concerns and fears regarding racism in Ireland.
• AkiDwA presented before the Justice and Equality Committee in the Dáil on the theme "Minorities Engaging with the Justice System," focusing on the challenges migrant women face in their interactions with the justice system.
• AkiDwA and Action Aid represented the National Steering Committee on FGM before the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus, discussing the ongoing efforts to combat FGM in Ireland and the importance of developing a national action plan.
• AkiDwA made a submission to the Department of Education as part of its review of the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant.

2020: AkiDwA gained attention in various mainstream media in January due to a sentencing related to sentencing of couple on first FGM case. This included appearances on RTE Six One News, Newstalk Radio, Kildare FM, Medical Times, The Irish Times, and The Journal.
• AkiDwA invited by Abbey to participate in a nationwide broadcast series, "Dear Ireland 2." The organization collaborated with Abbey Theatre to produce a 3-minute video focusing on equality.
• AkiDwA made a submission to the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality, arguing that gender equality cannot be fully addressed without considering the perspectives of women with diverse life experiences.
• The outbreak of COVID-19 brought unforeseen challenges. During the lockdown, many migrant women had to juggle child schooling, while others lost jobs. AkiDwA held over 60 online meetings and conferences in support of these women and remained open to provide essential services and support.
• Following the killing of George Nkencho, AkiDwA convened two meetings with the chief superintendent to discuss concrete actions regarding work with migrant youth.
• AkiDwA participated in discussions on Beijing+25, providing information on areas of policy improvement.
• Invited by the Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach, AkiDwA presented on challenges facing migrant and ethnic minority women.
• The organization commissioned a consultant to review FGM work in Ireland extensively and launched a manifesto.

2019: The organization launched the new strategic plan, "Shaping the Future."
• AkiDwA made a submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
• Sadly, we lost Sr. Joan McManus, who passed away after a short illness. She was a phenomenal woman and a great supporter of AkiDwA, instrumental in its establishment.
• AkiDwA made a submission on hate crime in September, focusing on the intersectionality of gender, race, and hate.
• In collaboration with Migrant Women na hÉireann, AkiDwA launched a manifesto detailing key areas for change, intended for consideration by election candidates.
• AkiDwA played a significant role in the development of Ireland's 3rd National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, with Salome Mbugua chairing the plan's development.
• AkiDwA collaborated with Google Ireland to host an event on gender and racism on March 21st, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, at Google's Docklands office.

2018: AkiDwA commissioned an organisational evaluation and review to inform progress and future planning.
• AkiDwA founder, Salome Mbugua, was appointed as a Commissioner on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission by President Michael D. Higgins, playing an important role in shaping policy on issues affecting migrants and other ethnic minorities.
• The Department of Justice and Equality (DoJ-Cosc) adopted and included two key actions on FGM as part of the implementation of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual, and Gender-based Violence 
• Ashimedua Okonkwo, Chair of AkiDwA, was elected to the board of the National Women's Council of Ireland.
• AkiDwA and the National Steering Committee met with Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion, to discuss Female Genital Mutilation in light of the first case of FGM in Ireland.

2017: Through advocacy and several meetings with the Detective Superintendent at the Garda National Protective Services, Ireland developed an Irish Crime Classification System (ICCS) code for FGM.
• The Sexual Offences Act 2017 was passed by the Irish Government, marking a significant achievement for the Turn Off the Red-Light Campaign, of which AkiDwA has been a part.
• Dr. Salome Mbugua presented on behalf of AkiDwA to Equinet Europe, the European network of equality bodies based in Brussels, focusing on the challenges faced by migrant women in accessing services.
• AkiDwA held its first seminar of its kind, "Dare to Dialogue: Engaging Men and Faith Leaders," which opened new dimensions and discussions on the area of gender-based violence.

2016: AkiDwA marked its 15th anniversary with a conference entitled "Equality Then, Now & Future."
• In collaboration with the National Steering on FGM, AkiDwA developed and published a three-year strategy titled "Towards a National Action Plan on FGM."
• AkiDwA, together with twelve other partners from the European Union, worked on the development of a web-based knowledge platform on FGM.

2015: AkiDwA, along with five other organisations, formed a migrant-led coalition and produced a manifesto for the election.
• AkiDwA was featured in the newly launched book, "Irish Feminism: Past, Present, and Future." Salome Mbugua's chapter focused on "Feminism and Migrant Women in Early 21st Century Ireland."
• AkiDwA was appointed by the COSC Department of Justice and Equality to join the Monitoring Committee of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual, and Gender-based Violence 2016-2021.
• AkiDwA was actively involved throughout the year in the coalition to repeal the 8th Amendment, with staff and board members attending various meetings.

2014: The first family planning clinic for FGM survivors opens in May.
• National Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence for Managers, Staff, and Residents of All Accommodation Centres for Asylum Seekers in Ireland Published: After years of campaigning and collaborating with other stakeholders, the Reception, and Integration Agency (RIA) developed and published this important policy.
• Opening of Ireland's First FGM Clinic: AkiDwA's groundbreaking research on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) culminated in the establishment of Ireland's first specialized clinic dedicated to family planning services for women affected by FGM. After extensive stakeholder meetings throughout 2013, the Irish Family Planning Association, in collaboration with the Health Service Executive (HSE), inaugurated the clinic in May.
• Presentation at the European Parliament in Brussels: Salome Mbugua, CEO of AkiDwA, delivered a presentation to the Members of the European Parliament in Brussels on the topic of "Bringing Life to Plural Europe." This presentation was made at the invitation of Younous Omarjee and Jean-Jacob Bicep. Her impactful talk prompted discussions within the EU Parliament on xenophobia and racism as underlying causes of inequalities and injustices.
• New Strategic Plan Produced: Following an in-depth feasibility study.

2013: AkiDwA publishes Between Two Cultures, a book of inspirational stories based on the experiences of young migrant women.
• The CEO of AkiDwA delivered a presentation on the impact of the financial and economic crisis on women to the European Parliament in Brussels. Additionally, she contributed to a policy paper discussing the role of migrant women in the diaspora for international development, which was published by Friends of Europe, a European organization.
• AkiDwA undertook a survey and produced report on young migrant women experiences of discrimination in Ireland.
• Between Two Cultures, A book featuring inspirational stories of the experiences of young migrant women in Ireland was launched by AkiDwA to celebrate International Women’s Day

2012: FGM is outlawed in Ireland.
• After over a decade of campaigning by AkiDwA in Ireland, the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 was enacted, making FGM illegal. President Michael D. Higgins signed it into law on April 2nd, making FGM a criminal offence for anyone resident in Ireland to perform FGM. The maximum penalty under the new law is a fine, imprisonment for up to 14 years or both.
• AkiDwA launched the "No Place to Call Home" report, highlighting issues of safety and security for women seeking asylum in Ireland.
• After years of campaigning, we witnessed progress in addressing domestic violence among migrant women when the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) published guidelines for immigrants experiencing domestic violence.

In 2011, AkiDwA appeared before the Dáil Joint Committee on Justice, Defence, and Equality to present the barriers faced by migrant women experiencing domestic violence in Ireland.
• AkiDwA partnered with the Equality Authority on a project focused on migrant women's access to education and employment. Together, they produced a report titled "The Multiple Discrimination against Migrant Women in Education and Employment in Ireland."
• AkiDwA gave a presentation at the Dáil to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality which focused on the barriers faced by women who are living in direct provision when they seek remedies for domestic violence.
• In July, AkiDwA and Amnesty International met with the Commissioner of Refugee Applications and a senior policy unit member to discuss the "Engendering the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)" initiative. The discussions aimed at making EASO more gender-sensitive by advocating for the public release and improved accessibility of asylum gender guidelines.
• Celebrating 10 years of making a difference through our struggles and strength, AkiDwA marked a decade of dedicated work with migrant women and key stakeholders across Ireland.
• "AkiDwA launched the publication 'Home and Away: Migrant Women Transforming Ireland.' An exhibition based on the publication was displayed in libraries and local authorities across Ireland."
• "AkiDwA completed a comprehensive ten-year organizational review and evaluation, examining strengths, identifying gaps, and informing future strategy."

2010: AkiDwA CEO Salome Mbugua was elected to the board of the National Women's Council of Ireland, becoming the first African woman to serve as both a board member and deputy chair.
• AkiDwA published "Am Only Saying It Now," a research study into the experiences of women seeking asylum in Ireland.
• AkiDwA was invited to the Dáil twice to give presentations to the Committee on Health and Children and to the Committee on Women, Equality, and Justice.
• AkiDwA launched an information booklet on access to employment and education for migrants.
• The AkiDwA CEO was selected to represent Ireland in the Eisenhower Women’s Leadership Programme in Philadelphia, USA.

In 2009: AkiDwA produced an information handbook for health care professionals working in Ireland on FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).
• In collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons, AkiDwA launched the first Irish Handbook on FGM titled "Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Health Care Professionals Working in Ireland."
• AkiDwA produced the first national prevalence data on FGM in Ireland.
• Following AkiDwA's organization of a national conference entitled "African and Migrant Women: Creating and Shaping Changes" in support of migrant women running in local elections, a migrant woman was elected as a Councillor in County Monaghan.
• AkiDwA gave a presentation on FGM to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.
• The Minister for Health, Mary Harney, announced her intention to prohibit FGM in Ireland, following years of campaigning and lobbying by AkiDwA.
• AkiDwA established the Brain Gain Project, a networking platform for migrant professionals and business entrepreneur operating in Ireland.

In 2008: AkiDwA and the IFPA (Irish Family Planning Association) established the National Steering Committee to collaborate on ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
• AkiDwA developed and launched the Irish National Action Plan to address FGM within the country.
• AkiDwA organised a conference and exhibition focused on Integration and Embracing Diversity.
• AkiDwA provided support to the Women’s Enterprise Association of Rakai, Uganda Through the support of OBrien.
• AkiDwA implemented a women's health project aimed at ending FGM.

2007: AkiDwA CEO- Salome Mbugua is appointed to the Board of Ireland’s Equality Authority in order to represent the interests of migrants.
• AkiDwA makes a presentation on migrant issues to the Anti-Poverty Network in Brussels
• AkiDwA published research on Black Irish Women in the Labour Market
• AkiDwA CEO-Salome Mbugua gave a presentation on Race and Immigration in the New Ireland at the University of Notre Dame, USA, alongside former President Mary Robinson
• AkiDwA makes a Submission to the Health Services Executive in support of the development of their first National Intercultural Strategy
• An AkiDwA project on domestic violence is funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (DJELR) resulting in a workshop, and the publication of our research.

In 2006:
• AkiDwA achieved registered charity status.
• AkiDwA published a short book titled "Her Story: Migration Stories of African Women."
• AkiDwA organised a conference titled "Challenging the Invisibility of Black and Ethnic Minority Women in Ireland."
• In collaboration with Business in the Community (BiTC) and SPIRASI, AkiDwA establishes the Employment for the Parents of Irish Citizens (EPIC) project.

2005: working on the National Action Plan against Racism
• AkiDwA receives its first substantial funding from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
• AkiDwA’s first organisational structures, and policies and strategic plan are developed.
• AkiDwA secures its very first office at the Dublin Central Mission
• AkiDwA National Director Salome Mbugua presented a keynote speech on Racism in the 21st Century: Implementing the National Action Plan against Racism at the landmark Croke Park Conference, which was organised by the NCCRI and many other groups.
• Focus group discussions are held in Athlone with migrant women from FGM practising communities in order to gauge their understanding of FGM and to begin assessing the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in Ireland

2004: AkiDwA actively lobbied against the deportation of migrant parents of Irish children.
• AkiDwA visited women in Mountjoy Prison on International Women's Day to show solidarity and support.
• Together with Dr. Ronit Lentin, AkiDwA initiated the 'Coalition against the Deportation of Irish Children' (CADIC).
• AkiDwA delivered capacity-building training to 300 women across six counties, empowering them with essential skills and knowledge.
• AkiDwA made a submission to the NGO alliance against racism, contributing to the broader fight against racial discrimination.
• AkiDwA contributed to the Second Report of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism, highlighting their ongoing commitment to combating racism at an international level.

2003: AkiDwA was officially launched by the Minister of State, Tom Kitt, marking the beginning of its journey as a pivotal organization in Ireland.
• AkiDwA delivered training focused on the representation and participation of migrant women, reaching 374 individuals, and empowering them to engage more fully in their communities.
• The organization began its outreach program, extending its support to migrant women in seventeen counties. This included conducting needs assessments to better understand and address the specific challenges they faced.
• AkiDwA made a significant presentation to the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence, and Women’s Rights. The presentation covered the Immigration Bill 2002 and discussed the implications of the Supreme Court judgment concerning the residency rights of migrant parents of Irish citizens.

2002: AkiDwA developed and delivered its first training package, titled "Understanding Racism and its Effect in Society," to community groups and schools. This program aimed to raise awareness and educate on the impacts of racism within society.
• AkiDwA made a submission to the Department of Justice, Equality, and Law Reform (DJELR), advocating for the establishment of a National Action Plan for Women. This submission underscored the need for comprehensive strategies to support women's rights and equality.
• The organization contributed to the National Women’s Council of Ireland's (NWCI) anti-racism and women's project, "In from the Margin." AkiDwA also delivered the keynote address at the NWCI conference, further emphasizing their commitment to these critical issues.
• AkiDwA produced a second training package on "Race, Women, and Cultural Diversity" and delivered it to both indigenous and migrant women in collaboration with the Catherine McAuley Centre. This package aimed to address and promote understanding of the intersections between race, gender, and cultural diversity.
• Alongside the Catherine McAuley Centre and the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, AkiDwA made another submission to the DJELR. This submission highlighted the urgent need for Ireland to develop a National Action Plan against Racism, showcasing AkiDwA's dedication to fostering an inclusive and equitable society.

2001: AkiDwA established a crucial networking platform for African women in Dublin, aiming to connect, empower, and support these individuals in their new environment.
• Regular meetings with migrant women were organized, providing a safe space for them to share their experiences, challenges, and insights, fostering a sense of community and solidarity.
• Three open-door meetings were conducted at the Catherine McAuley Centre. These meetings were instrumental in developing support networks for migrant women, offering them guidance, resources, and a platform for mutual assistance.
• AkiDwA hosted its first social intercultural event at the Irish Film Centre, marking a significant milestone in its efforts to promote cultural exchange and understanding among diverse communities in Ireland.

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