About our Partners
This project was part of a European consortium and was also implemented in Spain, Belgium, Sweden and Italy. For more information on the wider project please visit: http://afterwomen.eu/
Akina Dada wa Africa-AkiDwA (Swahili for sisterhood) is a national network of migrant women living in Ireland. The organisation was established in 2001 by a group of African women to address, isolation, racism and Gender Based Violence that the women were experiencing at the time.
Based on learning and participant feedback from the AFTER project, ActionAid Ireland is very keen to realise a further phase of the project to take a comprehensive approach to rejecting FGM/C and supporting survivors.
Serious implications result for the sexual/reproductive health and psychology of women and girls who are subjected to FGM/C. Sexual and reproductive as well as health complications may occur when a/woman/girl is undergoing the procedure; some of these difficulties can even cause death. FGM/C may also have lasting psychological effects on women and girls.
What ActionAid Ireland achieved through the AFTER project has been a constructive lesson that this traumatic procedure can be rejected and eventually it can be eradicated using tools to raise awareness and by changing behaviours.
The AFTER project is replicable in other centres and with other groups, and in 2018 ActionAid Ireland is actively seeking funding to impart and oversee the roll-out of ActionAid training methods such as Reflect-Action in AFTER phase 2.