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)
66119 Saarbrücken 66119
(I)NTACT eV is an aid organization dedicated to the right of girls and women to an intact body. For almost twenty years, we have been successfully fighting the cruel tradition of female genital mutilation in Africa.
The association was founded at the beginning of 1996 in Saarbrücken. The occasion for the engagement and the founding of the association was an official visit by our chairman Christa Müller in Benin, where she learned about the suffering of the girls and women concerned. She was asked for help by the wife of the then Benin state president, and she began to raise funds to support local initiatives against the cruel ritual in Benin.
Since its inception, the association has been able to protect numerous girls in West Africa from mutilation. In Benin, an important success was achieved in 2005: the end of the tradition of female circumcision was solemnly proclaimed in a state act. In 2012, the people of Togo were able to celebrate the abolition of tradition.
African Women’s Organization in Vienna
The African Women’s Organization in Vienna is a non-governmental organization established in 1996 by African women from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt and other African countries. Membership is open to all interested in the welfare of women. It works jointly with other non-governmental organizations as well as government agencies and offices involved with the welfare of women and immigrants.
Objectives of the Organization
The main objectives of the Organization include:
Creating awareness and appreciation of the various political, economic, social and traditional problems women face in different societies;
Creating and promoting understanding and accommodation among different cultures and societies in the community;
Assisting and providing consultancy in the integration of immigrant women.
Promotion of good and beneficial cultures and traditions.
Campaigning against harmful traditional practices affecting the health of women and children.
Integration and promotion of culture:
The Organization carries out cultural exchanges, traditional shows, exhibitions, seminars, discussions to implement this programme.
Campaign against harmful traditional practices:
Since 1998 the campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) became the organization’s area of priority. Its aim is through awareness and change of values prevent its practice among immigrant population originating from FGM risk countries.
Updating the status of FGM practice among immigrants in Austria.
Creating awareness and understanding of the nature and magnitude of the problem both among the local community and immigrants. It is a continuous and target specific exercise and addresses various aspects of FGM: origin and justification, health and medical consequences, political, legal, social and cultural aspects.
Provide information and resource material to students, researchers and media people.
Provide consultation to FGM victims.
Prepare an FGM training aid kit and train trainers.
Strengthen communication and cooperation with FGM European network.
Membership and cooperation
The African Women’s Organization is a sector of the Inter-African Committee and its representative in Austria. It is a member of the European FGM Network. In the past, A.W.O. has also, in partnership with RISK (Sweden) and VON (the Netherlands), run a EU Daphne funded project.
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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).
Mission, Aims and Objectives
1)To identify and target migrant women who are passionate about, affected by or infected by HIV/AIDS
2)To offer outreach support services to migrant women on one to one basis
3)To raise awareness and educate the community about the impact of HIV/AIDS
4)To contribute to reduction of the number of new HIV/AIDS infections
5)To challenge the stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS
6)To build a community of women organizations, individuals and service providers, both local and international
7)To build the organizational capacity of DWI
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Foundation for Women’s Health, Research, and Development
There are numerous forms of ritual violence that women and girls are subjected to worldwide. Violence and violations of human rights that are inflicted on them include, among others, the mutilation of their genitals, in the language of the World Health Organization: female genital mutilation: FGM.
Our international and non-profit organization was established in 1998 to engage globally in ending this harmful form of traditional practices. We support the most diverse projects in the prevalent countries, which are suitable to strengthen women and are active in the country to support women who have suffered FGM as well as girls who are at risk.
If you have any questions,
You need advice,
Would you like a seminar,
A lecture in your school,
Train your staff,
You need medical assistance,
Or a decision-making aid
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Our mission is the Worldwide Eradication of FGM.
WHAT IS FGM/C
FGM/C stands for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, aka Female Circumcision
Defined As The Ritual Removal Of Some Or All Of The External Female Genitalia
Classified In Four Types By Degrees Of Severity From Cutting To Mutilation
Typically Carried Out By A Traditional Circumciser Using A Razor Blade
Usually Without Anesthesia
WHERE IS IT PRACTICED
Widely In 27 African Countries, Yemen And Iraqi Kurdistan
Extensively In Asia And The Middle East
Regularly Within Diaspora Communities Around The Globe
WHERE IS IT MOST PREVALENT
40 Million Women In Egypt Today Live With The Effects Of FGM/C
98% Of Women In Somalia Receive The Severest Type III Or IV FGM/C
ON WHOM IS IT PRACTICED
Exclusively On Young Girls Often Within Days After Birth And Most Usually Prior To Puberty
In 2011 Alone, (Latest Available UNICEF Statistics), Over 23 Million Girls Were Cut
TO WHAT EXTENT
UN Estimates 200 Million Girls And Women Worldwide Are Living With The Physical And Psychological Effects Of Female (FGM/C)
WHO Estimates More Than 20 Million Girls Remain At Risk Annually
AMNESTY Estimates Over 180 Thousand Girls Within The Western Diaspora Are Also Annually Cut
RISK – Riksföreningen stoppa kvinnlig könsstympning arbetar för att motarbeta kvinnlig könsstympning, KKS.
RISK är en ideell organisation som är politiskt och religiöst neutral. RISK har en styrelse med 9 medlemmar från olika länder i Afrika liksom från Sverige.
Flickors och kvinnors låga status är ett grundläggande problem. Därför driver RISK sitt arbete med information om de hälsoproblem könsstympningen medför samtidigt som vi informerar om kvinnors och barns rättigheter enligt FN:s konventioner.
Sverige har haft en lag emot omskärelsen sedan 1982. 1999 skärptes straffsatserna och ingreppet kallas könsstympning. Numera kan man också straffa den som låter göra ingreppet i ett annat land, oavsett hur det landets lagstiftning ser ut. Lagen har ännu aldrig lett till att någon straffats i Sverige.
RISK utbildar informatörer som arbetar i invandrartäta förorter för att sprida information på det egna språket. De arbetar inom familjecentraler, öppna förskolor, mödra- och barnavårdscentraler liksom via sina egna föreningar. Inom RISK genomförs översättningar av informationsmaterial till olika afrikanska språk. RISK har lokala grupper runt om i landet, Göteborg, Karlstad, Nyköping, Stockholm, Uppsala, Umeå och Växjö.
RISK deltar i ett nationellt övergripande arbete kring den kvinnliga könsstympningen bl.a. genom ett nätverk som vi tagit initiativ till. RISK deltar i möten och konferenser inom landet som har med könsstympning och angränsande ämnen och organiserar också egna seminarier, ibland i samarbete med andra organisationer. Press och media bevakar denna fråga och har ofta artiklar i ämnet. Ett ökande antal elever i olika utbildningar gör uppsatser och specialarbeten om KKS och RISK hjälper till med information.
RISKs stadgar (PDF-dokument)
London E8 1PF
SOLACE SG is a voluntary group working to improve the quality of life for people living with Sickle Cell and Thalassemia. You can help us by attending our monthly gatherings and becoming a member.
SOLACE’s main objective is to improve the quality of life of those patients living with sickle cell and Thalassemia in Hackney, not excluding every patient attending sickle cell services at the Homerton hospital from other boroughs.
We believe in a holistic approach to the care and management of sickle cell with specific focus on improving quality of life (QoL).
SOLACE was found in early 2016 after the transformation of the existing patient support group which had existed for some years. Sickle cell patients locally, voted to appoint new members of the Board in 2016 in a view to transform the objectives of the group.
The new leadership has focused on building on the legacy of supporting and advocating for patients living with sickle cell in Hackney.
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The main focus of our work is with the help of affected women and the protection of girls from the mutilation of their genitals. We carry out projects in Germany and in the Somalian region of Puntland. In North Rhine-Westphalia, we have the only counseling center for women and girls who are affected or threatened by genital dissection. We go to the schools and clarify to young people about the topic of female genital circumcision. We also organize apprenticeships for educational, medical and legal specialists in order to inform and raise awareness. In Somalia, we are building a women’s clinic and conducting reconnaissance campaigns, re-training of female mothers and a school project for refugee children.