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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Date: Thursday 6th February , 2014,    Venue: Irish Aid Information and Volunteering Centre, 27 – 31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

International Women's Day

15th March 2014, to mark International Women's Day AkiDwA will hold a Conference GO to VOTE - Mobilising the Community to Vote, ReadMore

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History

AkiDwA as an organisation emerged from regular meetings held amongst fellow migrant women, from 1999 to 2001, initiated by Salome Mbugua, a Kenyan migrant woman who had arrived in Ireland in 1994. The first meeting was held in city centre Dublin, in Temple Bar, in 1999. In 2001, through the support of the Catherine McAuley Centre, Salome mobilised a group of African women to come together to share their experiences of living in Ireland. What emerged from this meeting were feelings of exclusion, isolation, racial abuse and discrimination, issues related to gender based violence were also raised. The group went on to meet regularly and were supported and offered facilitation from outside. AkiDwA sought and obtained funding from the Combat Poverty Agency in 2002 to carry out a pilot needs assessment with African women living in Ireland. The survey elicited over two hundred female participants from seventeen counties.