AkiDwA works to promote equality and justice for migrant women living in Ireland by ensuring equal opportunities and access to resources. Our activities are focused on helping migrants to participate fully in all aspects of social, cultural, economic, civic and political life in Ireland.
As an organisation AkiDwA takes a holistic approach to integration, promoting a migrant and gender-specific approach to public services, as well as encouraging migrant women to access mainstream services and initiatives. The organisation works with migrant women to build their capacity to participate in in all public spheres through training, awareness raising, consultation, focus groups discussions, information provision, research and policy development
AkiDwA’s Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2021 Shaping The Future focuses on four key strategic themes:
- Voice: To present the voice of migrant women and their families to the political and administrative system, the media and society as a whole
- Equality: To address equality issues critical to the long-term inclusion and advancement of migrant women in Irish society, seeking demonstrable differences and to positive impact on their lives.
- Community: To build the capacity of the community of migrant women and their families, by developing their skills, confidence and spirit of independence
- Organisational Development: To strengthen the organisation capacity- Communication GDPR- newsletter.
These four strategic themes are supported by AkiDwA’s three work priority areas for 2019-2021:
Integration: Even though this is a broad area which mainly covers areas that determine migrants inclusion and ability to fit into the community, AkiDwA will undertake activities on employment and entrepreneurship, civic and democratic participation, racism and discrimination.
AkiDwA recognises five specific types of Sexual and Gender-based violence. SGBV includes rape and all forms of sexual violence, physical , emotional and psychological violence, harmful traditional practices like FGM and socio-economic violence. However. based on AkiDwA’s expertise our organisation focuses particularly on combatting female genital mutiliation (FGM), domestic violence, forced marriages and trafficking.
Health: AkiDwA’s work mainly focuses on Women’s reproductive health and mental health.