Unit 2 Killarney Court,
Dublin 1, Ireland
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.
Formal structures were put into place when AkiDwa was registered as a company with guarantee but without capital share in 2003. However, limited funding meant that most work continued to be carried out on a voluntary basis. With a view towards enhancing the integration of migrant women and indigenous women, training modules were developed including programmes on capacity building, cultural diversity, racism and its effects on society. In addition, ‘Train the trainers modules were also developed’.
Over the years, the organisation has gained recognition as a leading NGO in Ireland, reviewing key legislation, policy and practice as well as proposing reforms specifically to do with the issues faced by migrant women. AkiDwA consulted with migrant women and other key stakeholders, identifying gender and racially discriminatory practices, to develop evidence based and representative solutions for migrant women in the key identified areas of gender-based violence, gender discrimination.
AkiDwA employs the following key strategies to achieve its objectives: networking, policy work and individual and organisational capacity building/development. AkiDwA’s networking strategy is aimed at individual and organisational levels. Policy work is developed from migrant women, identifying their needs in the areas of gender discrimination, gender-based violence and employment. AkiDwA develops legislative, policy and practice reforms to address these priority issues with government and sectoral stakeholders, as well as capacity-building programmes to deliver the on the ground practical support that women require. AkiDwA has developed the capacity of hundreds of migrant women and their communities living in Ireland over the course of its lifetime. Their capacity building was supported through our network, resource centre, outreach and training programmes aimed at promoting participation in their local communities, in civic and political structures and in sectoral and government consultations and decision making processes. Training programmes delivered over the years including targeted capacity building in multiple regions, sexual health workshops, access to education and employment, integration, leadership and political/civic participation sessions.
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Claudia Jones Organisation was established in 1982. Primarily, the organisation supports and empowers women and families of African Caribbean heritage. We aim to provide culturally sensitive services that meet the needs of these women and families.
“Her contributions, her involvement in the liberation struggles made her name widely known in the Caribbean and with organisations working directly for the liberation of peoples in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She understood the double oppression of women and the triple oppression of black women and struggled for the rights and liberation of all women”.
From ‘I Think of My Mother: Notes on the Life and Times of Claudia Jones’, B. Johnson of Karia Press (1985).
Cork African Women’s Group aims to promote the social inclusion and integration of African women in Cork.
Igbo Union Cork Chapter – Women’s Wing is a non-profit community organisation uniting women of Igbo origin or affiliation.
The Maisha initiative was launched in 2007 with the aim to make visible the contributions of women and role models within the African diaspora in Sweden. The association presents cultural events; seminars, workshops and promotion of cultural exchange between the African continent and Sweden. The major event since 2008 has been the Maisha gala, African Diaspora Awards.
Kf Maisha skapar möten och arrangerar evenemang. Vi vill bidra till att berika bilden av Afrika och den afrikanska diasporan genom kultur.
År 2008 hölls den första Maishagalan med syftet att uppmärksamma de som gjort betydande gärningar kopplade till den afrikanska kontinenten. Syftet var att berika och nyansera mediebilden av Afrika, synliggöra kvinnor samt lyfta fram förebilder inte minst dagens unga. Projektet utmynnade i bildandet av kulturföreningen Maisha, ett namn som betyder ”liv” på swahili. Föreningen verkar för att skapa fler tillfällen till möten mellan människor – för vad vore livet utan kultur och möten?
Om kulturföreningen MAISHA
I och med att Kulturföreningen Maisha bildades breddades verksamheten:
Maishagalan är ett årligt återkommande evenemang där flera priser delas ut bland andra i följande kategorier: Årets inspiratör, Årets entreprenör, Årets artist, Årets nykomling och Årets Diaspora pris. Utmärkelserna Maishas Hederspris, Hedersomnämnande samt Pionjärpris har tidigare delats ut.
Stolt! där vi lyfter fram oetablerade unga kulturutövare och skapar ett forum för kultur och dialog. Stolt! hölls för första gången 2009.
Global Education där ambitionen är att bidra till en hållbar samhällsutveckling.
Kulturprogram med seminarier där fokus är att uppmärksamma personer som verkar i den afrikanska diasporans tecken.
Vi samverkar med andra föreningar och skapar en plattform för bildandet av nya nätverk, där mötet mellan det svenska och afrikanska är en del.
Plusgiro: 69 59 31-6 för dig som vill stödja oss med valfritt belopp eller genom att bli medlem.
Bli stödmedlem! Avgiften för medlemskap är för närvarande 100kr/per år.
Som medlem får du:
Maisha nyhetsbrev flera gånger per år
Möjlighet att delta i olika aktiviteter
Rabatt på events, seminarier och andra evenemang som vi arrangerar.
Frankfurt am 60311
Maisha e.V. – African Women in Germany
Who we are
We are an organization of African women in Germany. Our aim is to assist African women living in Germany. We are a self-help group and we assist each other in crises, in dealing with German authorities and the society in general. We address issues like childcare, jobs, daily problems, health and psychological problems. The concept is to empower each other to become a proud and active part of German society but at the same time remain firmly rooted in our culture and African background. We encourage each woman to become active in her own community.
We were founded in 1996 by Virginia Wangare Greiner and 6 other people, who thought it was about time that African women speak out for themselves. Virginia has been our General Manager since. In 2002 Maisha got the Integration Award (Integrationspreis) of the City of Frankfurt. In 2006 Virginia was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) .
Since 2006 Maisha holds the chairmanship of the Organisation European Migrant Women in Belgium. In 2010 Maisha was awarded the Gabriele Stecker Preis by the organization Soroptimist. Internal Organization We are registered in Frankfurt am Main and are officially certified as non-profit organization.
According to our statutes we elect a new board of directors once a year. The present board 2012 consists of 6 women and one man. The position of a chairwoman is held by Elizabeth Gavi. Maisha has 550 members. Apart from the General Manager it has no salaried executives or employees but many volunteers, Christa the office secretary the most active among them.
Our daily job is being a low level clearing office for the International Clinic (Internationale Sprechstunde) at the Frankfurt Health Department by the Frankfurt Department of Women’s Affairs. We are called on by Africans (and lately East-Europeans and other nationalities) who want to get an appointment with the clinic and we have to process their paperwork. While
they are with us we have to deal with numerous other problems concerning housing problems, alien status, discrimination, health, nutrition, childcare and other issues. Our African clients come from all African nations, Eritrea and Nigeria being high on the list. In the last few years we had a steady rise of pregnant African women searching our help.
FGM – What we do for Africans
One of our current projects is prevention work against female mutilation in Germany. We are aware of a growing concern in society about this issue, but the German organizations who dealt with it are not representing the African women the way we would represent ourselves. At the same time they are not reaching many African women. We offer preventive counselling to African families. One way is information about the legal situation in Germany. On this background we want to convince mothers to stop the practice of FGM. We want to keep them from being prosecuted and expelled from Germany. Instead we want to support them in finding ways to alter this tradition, to preserve its valuable elements and negotiate a creative compromise by finding non-violent ways of performing the ceremony. We work with African girls and with their mothers. Contrary to other organizations we want
nurses, midwifes healers and circumcisers to play an important role in the concept of altering the tradition.
Cooperation with German groups and institutions
We work together with schools, community agents, government offices, police and the Ministry of Family Affairs, as well as with other German organizations who also deal with FMG. We teach them for example how to communicate with the victims of this practice in sensible and respectful ways. We lecture about FGM, this involves giving the agents insights into the cultural background of the women and what these traditions mean for them. We offer
trainings for different institutions and give interviews on radio and TV.
We want to empower other African women to become active multipliers for our approach in their communities throughout Germany and Europe. They should be enabled to inform about FGM-prevention in combination with AIDS-prevention. Also we are in contact with organizations in Africa to exchange experiences, to learn from each other and see how they work in respect to FGM.
Funding and Partners
Our longtime funds are mainly from
City of Frankfurt am Main – Public Health Department
City of Frankfurt am Main – Department for Women’s Affairs
The FTV 1860 (Sports Club), helps us by offering us free office space
Our partners are:
Federal State of Hesse – Department for Justice, Integration and Europe
Africa Diaspora in Europe (NGO)
Amnesty International / End FGM European Campaign
Terre des Femmes
European Network of Migrant Women (NGO)
Akidwa Ireland (NGO)
EKS Prag (NGO)
Nous sommes un collectif Afroféministe créé en 2014 par un groupe d’Africaines et Afrodescendantes qui ressentaient le besoin de fédérer, d’échanger et de s’exprimer sur les questions liées aux Femmes Noires.
Ce collectif non-mixte de Femmes et personnes assignées Femmes, Noires et métisses, lutte contre les violences et différentes oppressions qu’elles subissent. Son approche intersectionnelle des luttes qu’ielles rencontrent, le place sur de nombreux champs de bataille; contre les discriminations liées à la classe, au genre, à la sexualité, à la santé, la religion; contre l’institutionnalisation des dominations hétéropatriarcales dans le système capitaliste hégémonique blanc dans toute sa complexité.