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Become a Volunteer

Would you like to train as a health ambassador and work with people in your community?

AkiDwA is looking for volunteers to train as Community Health Ambassadors to prevent FGM.

Providing information on FGM is key to helping migrant families make the decision to abandon the practice. Raising awareness of the practice among professionals who work with children who are at risk of FGM is also extremely important.

AkiDwA has a network of volunteer community health ambassadors throughout Ireland who work to raise awareness of the effects of FGM in their local communities.

AkiDwA has been raising awareness of the impacts of FGM since 2001 and we helped the Royal College of Surgeons to produce the first guide for medical professionals on how to treat people who have been affected by it.

Our campaigning work led to FGM being outlawed in Ireland in 2012 when the Irish state also passed to laws making it illegal to have FGM performed on any child who is living in Ireland.

However, estimates of the number of women and children in Ireland who have been affected by FGM have continued to rise, and there are now estimated to be almost 6000 people living in Ireland with experience of FGM, which has no health benefits.


Benefits Include:

  • Receiving training on FGM.
  • Being part of the program to end FGM in Ireland.
  • Becoming part of the Community Health Ambassador network.
  • Gaining valuable work experience.
  • Transport costs will be covered.


The Role Will Involve:

  • Raising awareness of FGM and what the 2012 legislation means for people within your community.
  • Raising awareness on FGM within local health centres and organisations
  • Attending Community Health Ambassador meetings every 2 months
  • Sharing of experiences with other community health ambassadors
  • Commitment of 1 hour a week.


Requirement:

  • You must be based in Ireland.


How to Apply?

If you are interested in training to be a community health ambassador or you would like to get more information please email info@akidwa.ie or call (01) 8349851.