Lifting the Stigma Against Migrant Women

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AkiDwA—the migrant women's network in Ireland—present a conference on Lifting the Stigma Against Migrant Women.

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Forum is a European Union (EU) partnership project with seven other EU countries and it aims to engage citizens on fighting stigmas against migrants (Third Country Nationals) with the vision to encourage civic participation, promote tolerance and understanding, as part of the EU’s six-year commitment, Europe for Citizens program. AkiDwA is one the key partners in this project. With a rise in stigmatization of TCNs and other violence against migrants in the EU, this project aspires to address the gap within the EU's integration policy and promote opportunities for inter-cultural engagement and volunteering at the Union level.

Stigma represents a mark of degradation associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person and determines actions like social exclusion, isolation, exploitation, bullying, discrimination, and reduced opportunities. Stigmatization not only refers to personal characteristics or limitations, but also to group, cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic identity. As a result of this project, we believe that there will be change in attitudes when dealing with TCNs and there will be a greater involvement of policy makers at all levels to spearhead policy changes and to have standardized procedures throughout EU Member States on how certain issues pertaining to migrants are handled.

AkiDwA invites you to take part in our Lifting the Stigma Against Migrant Women conference. This conference will bring together key stakeholders to address stigmatization, inclusivity, migrants’ rights and integration and other important issues relating to TCNs. Particular objectives include:

- Developing a better understanding of various stigmas against TCNs and how EU citizens can mitigate those stigmas to create a more inclusive and integrated communities for migrants.

- Discussing ideas to help inform the European Agenda for Integration of TCNs and to commission a Staff Working Paper on EU initiatives supporting the integration of TCNs.

The conference will engage an array of diverse participants including government departments and agencies, experts working on diversity and equality and experts working in the area of empowering migrant women.

The conference will take place over Zoom on the 28th of September 2021 from 10.30am-1pm. You can register for this event for free via Eventbrite.

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Organiser AkiDwA

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AkiDwa is the network for migrant and African women living in Ireland

Established in Dublin in 2001, AkiDwA has been representing migrant women in Ireland for almost two decades by providing policymakers with the unique perspective of a migrant-led national women’s organisation. AkiDwA takes a holistic approach to integration that involves promoting both a migrant and a gender-specific approach to public services and by encouraging migrant women to access mainstream services and initiatives. We promote equality and justice for all migrant women in Ireland by ensuring equal opportunities and equal access to resources for all.

AkiDwA is based at Unit 2, Killarney Court, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1 

Registered Charity Number 20063641/ CHY No 17227

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