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
? PendaKania (NGO)
? Africa Diaspora in Europe (NGO)
? Amnesty International / End FGM European Campaign
? Terre des Femmes
? LebKom (NGO)
? European Network of Migrant Women (NGO)
? Akidwa Ireland (NGO)
? EKS Prag (NGO)
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(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 Saarbr?cken.?The occasion for the engagement and the founding of the association was an official visit by our chairman Christa M?ller 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.
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African & Caribbean Diversity?Our History
Inspirational, empowering, and supportive are three of the common adjectives used by the students to describe our programme.
Rewarding, satisfying, and enriching are words used by our mentors to describe their involvement and contribution to our initiative.
African & Caribbean Diversity was founded in 1990 by a group of black professionals whose shared vision was of a dynamic organization that would promote the entry, development and advancement of its members into business organizations. In doing this, it would make a positive contribution to the African and Caribbean communities and to the economy of the UK. Today, we are the leading membership organization of its kind in Europe.
Mentoring and Enrichment
Since 2003, African & Caribbean Diversity?s Mentoring and Enrichment Programme has been bringing together volunteer mentors from city-based companies, largely from multinational corporations, and 14 to 18 year old black British young people from London?s state schools. The key aim of this highly intensive 4-year programme is to improve the academic attainment, career prospects, and social mobility of these students.
The project targets those pupils identified by their schools as having academic?potential, but who largely come from households that face inter-generational economic and social exclusion, as a result of poverty. This exclusion can deny them the information and self-belief needed to either continue education post age 16 or to access higher education, especially to UK?s most competitive universities.
We help students with high potential see the importance of education through university residentials, workshops, company visits and one-on-one sessions with corporate mentors.
ACD encourages its mentors to build a one-to-one relationship with the ACD pupils they support. This allows the mentor to effectively tailor the sessions to meet the personal and professional development of the individual student.
Because of our efforts, ACD has actively contributed to narrowing the gap in the educational achievements of black British youth within government statistics and has in addition, facilitated creative and practical routes into employment for this underrepresented group. We have had over 300 students come through our programme over the past 10 years and the results speak for themselves:
? 97% of ACD students continue onto post-16 education.
? 71% gain admission to universities, with 27% going to the Top 30 universities.
? ACD has alumni present at the top 20 universities listed in The Sunday Times University League Table.
? ACD Alumni take up leadership positions at university, in either the Student Union or the university?s African-Caribbean society or organizing outreach activities or events such as TEDx.
? ACD Alumni normally take a gap year giving back to the community by becoming assistant teachers or arranging information and motivational workshops sharing experiences.
? 95% attain the Government?s benchmark of 5 GCSE passes, including English and maths. (2010 average for black students was 43%).
? Over 90% of ACD Alumni are in employment, with over 60% gaining employment in highly competitive graduate recruitment programmes where black British citizens are greatly underrepresented.
ACD has raise hundreds of young black men and women of London to become successful and influential members of the local community. Our graduating students have also become role models, advisory board members and mentors for the next generation of ACD students.
Our Specific Aims
?To help students achieve the government benchmark GCSE results to go onto post-16 education;
?To enable students to make informed choices about their A-levels/university/career paths;
?To increase the number of students going onto post-secondary education, including attending the top three institutions in their chosen career field;
?To increase the number of students entering highly selective recruitment entry schemes (whether school leavers or graduate recruitment);
?To enable students to positively develop and promote themselves by improving their communication and other social skills;
?To broaden the knowledge of students about the world around them and increase their awareness of the wide range of career opportunities; and
? To provide students with the opportunities to develop workplace skills, increasing their employability.
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To create a relaxed atmosphere where African women can empower each other through support, motivation and advice and to reflect a positive image of an African woman on the internet.
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.
Afrosvenskarnas riksorganisation (ASR) bildades 1990 ur det som tidigare hette Riksförbundet för Afrikanska föreningar (RAF). Bildandet av ASR utgjorde en tydlig omorientering bort från att blicka tillbaka till enskilda afrikanska länder till att istället anta en panafrikansk identitet och fokusera på tillvaron för människor av afrikanskt ursprung i Sverige. År 2018 omorganiserades Afrosvenskarnas riksförbund till en nationell organisation istället för ett förbund bestående av olika lokalavdelningar. Då bytte vi namn till Afrosvenskarnas riksorganisation.
Sedan bildandet har ASR utvecklats till den ledande rösten i samhället som representerar svenskar med bakgrund i Afrika och den afrikanska diasporan. Vi är rikstäckande och har verksamheter som riktar sig specifikt till kvinnor, barn, unga och personer med funktionsnedsättning. Vi är en drivande kraft i kampen mot rasism som afrofobi och islamofobi och är en rådgivare till staten och till kommuner. Vi är också en organisation som växer genom en tillströmning av framförallt unga och handlingskraftiga människor som vill se förändring.
OM VÅRT ANTIRASISTISKA ARBETE OCH DEFINITIONEN AV AFROSVENSK
Våra erfarenheter visar oss att de maktstrukturer som råder idag leder till negativa socioekonomiska utfall för personer med afrikanskt ursprung oavsett var de befinner sig i världen. Det här bekräftas av massvis av forskning och kallas då ofta strukturell rasism.
Begreppet afrosvensk ska förstås som en politisk identitet utifrån vilken människor av afrikanskt ursprung organiserar sig för att bemöta och utmana den strukturella rasismen vi utsätts för i Sverige. På så sätt fortsätter vi motståndet mot den afrofobiska rasismen som genom historien tagit sig uttryck i till exempel transatlantisk slavhandel och kolonialism. Genom att anta identiteten afrosvensk kliver vi in i samma tradition som föregångare i historien som kämpat för afrikaners rättigheter likt Drottning Nzinga, Malcolm X och Nelson Mandela och tänkare som Angela Davis och Kwame Nkrumah.
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Our Mission is to create safe & inspiring spaces for Black women & non-binary people to decompress, heal, and recharge, as well as cultivate a community of peers and professionals who identify with and understand the unique social, professional, and life challenges of being Black.
Navigating white-dominant environments daily, where your existence and experiences are seldom validated takes a great toll on Black mental & emotional health. We aim to mitigate this emotional wear by creating spaces for people with shared identities and experiences to gather & feel seen.
We believe representation & community are the keys to Black well-being.
Our mission is to provide a platform for students of higher education to interact on a Personal, Professional, Social and Cultural level.
To highlight the similarities and shared-heritage between students from the African Continent and those in the Diaspora to strengthen identity.
To make the youth aware of, as well as, provide necessary information concerning the possibilities of higher education in The Netherlands or abroad.
To assist International/Exchange students at the university so that they feel at home in The Netherlands and get acquainted with the Dutch culture/society.
The Association of Students’ of African Heritage (ASAH) was founded during the autumn of 2006 by Erasmus University students: Justine Bell, Aurelia N. S. Dagadu, Ali Nasir and Yves van Oel. In 2007, the association was officially registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce situated in Rotterdam. Primarily, the purpose of ASAH is to give students of African Ancestry a voice and representation both at the University and within The Netherlands. In order to accomplish this objective, the assistance of the members of the 2006/2007 committees: Osric Caton, Diana van der Lugt, Johishi Romney and Issac Weldensei, as well as, feedback from members have been vital to professionalizing the association.
Built on the pillars of organizing Educational, Career, Cultural and Social activities to enrich and complement the journey of a student, ASAH embraces diversity and “multi-ethnic” membership. Up-to-date, our members consist of students of African Heritage and students/persons with an affinity for Africa, within the Dutch society.
Starting with about 30 members in the 2006/2007 academic year, today ASAH has grown into a renowned association with over 500 members. In addition, ASAH is and has been the first successful Afro-oriented student association of its kind within The Netherlands. The nature and extent of ASAH´s work, has simultaneously inspired the establishment of similar student organizations across The Netherlands and fostered affiliations locally and overseas.
3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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).
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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
One pillar of the Black Women In Europe® Social Media Group is to maintain a directory of organizations across Europe that support black women. It is being built now. You will find our directory here. To submit an organization for inclusion (yes, please send them in) email firstname.lastname@example.org.