Protecting migrant women from sex trafficking and prostitution, and presenting them with real alternatives

The Immigrant Council of Ireland and AkiDwA, the migrant women’s network, invite you to:

Migrant Women need Choices not Exploitation

Protecting migrant women from sex trafficking and prostitution, and presenting them with real alternatives

Date:       Thursday, 28th June
Time:       2pm to 4.30pm

Venue:    Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre,
27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Migrant women constitute approximately 97 per cent of those involved in prostitution in Ireland.  The Immigrant Council of Ireland and AkiDwA believe prostitution is not a legitimate choice for women.  This seminar will explore how to protect vulnerable migrant women from exploitation in the sex industry, and how to present them with legitimate alternative options.

The event will be addressed by:

  • Joe Costello TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development.
  • Rossi Yaneva, an expert with the Human Trafficking Commission in Bulgaria and the Director of Bourgas shelter for survivors of prostitution.
  • Denise Charlton, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
  • Salome Mbugua, CEO of AkiDwA.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland and AkiDwA are leading members of the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, which lobbies for the end of sex trafficking and prostitution.

RSVP to Stephen Bannon at  ph 6458049

Africa Week Athletics Event 2012 oneracehumanrace Invitation

Date: Saturday 26th  May 2012

Venue: Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin

As part of Africa Week 2012, the Dublin Multicultural Resource Centre (DMRC)  with Sport  Against Racism Ireland (SARI),Cradle, in partnership with a broad group of NGOs will stage a unique event,oneracehumanrace.

The long term goal of this programme is to encourage integration through participation in sport and help address this imbalance in participation

by people of an immigrant background or minority ethnic background,  particularly  people of an African background.

A range of athletic events for juveniles from U-8 to U-16 as well as junior, senior and masters’ events will be held.

Please note that entry to all events from U-8 to U-12 is free. For all U-14, U-16, junior, senior and masters events, there is an entry fee of €5 per competitor per event.

If you want  more details contact Habib at (01) 873 0684 or email

DMRC Website: 

Dublin Multicultural Centre,
44 Lower Gardiner Street,
Dublin 1,

AkiDwA’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations: Fundraising and Recognition Dinner, 23 September 2011


We would like to cordially invite you to attend AkiDwA’s 10th Anniversary Fundraising and Recognition Dinner on the 23rd of September 2011, to be held at the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. 

Akina Dada wa Africa (AkiDwA- Swahili for sisterhood), was established in August 2001 by a group of African women to address the needs of an expanding population of African and migrant women residing in Ireland. To mark our organisation’s achievements and the strength of the migrant women we have worked with over the years, and to recognise the crucial work that individuals and organisations have played in our success, we have planned a programme of activities, from the 12th of September to the 23rdSeptember 2011, across the country (full programme of activities attached). 

Our final event will be a fundraising and recognition dinner, on the 23rd of September, at which those who have supported AkiDwA’s mission of promoting equality and justice for migrant women, will be acknowledged and awarded a certificate of recognition. 

Tickets for this evening event are €70 per person and €650 per table of ten. Each ticket enters the individual into a draw with prizes including a return flight for two to Mombasa, Kenya, a two-night B&B stay for two at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin or the Gresham Metropole in Cork and free Swahili lessons for beginners at the Dublin Swahili Institute. 

Please contact our Development and Event Officer Amaka Okonkwo at or at 01 834 9851 by 1st September 2011 with your interest or to book tickets, which must be purchased before or on this date.

View the full list of anniversary activities.

Powerful woman – Benedicta Attoh – Social activist in Ireland

Benedicta Attoh

Benedicta Attoh – Activist

Benedicta Attoh is the founder of Dreamworld Leadership Initiative for Girls. She is an Executive and Life Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Motivational Speaker and an Independent Consultant in diversity management. She worked with the DePaul Trust and Simon Community; both organizations are working to end homelessness in Ireland.

She is a member of several boards and has been nominated and received several awards for her intercultural work including the Rehab/Louth person of the year 2007, the Edmund Rice’s award for achievement (2008), Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award 2009 for her leadership work with women in Ireland and the Bold and Beautiful award for Excellence and Achievement (2009).

Read more about Benedicta: She was included in the Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2010.

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Ireland – Sirmelja – A Jamaican-American Expat in Cork, Ireland

An Jamaican-American Expat in Cork, Ireland

About Sirmelja’s blog:

Early 40-something psychologist and personal coach on a voyage of self-discovery and needing a shot of something new in her life. So, off I go to Ireland! This blog is my way of keeping friends and family up to date, and giving myself a place to talk out loud. If anybody else wants to read it, they’re welcome to as well. I can’t guarantee it’s (always) going to be fascinating, erudite, consistently updated, or even vaguely intellectual.

Visit a Jamaican-American Expat in Cork, Ireland.

Ruth Negga – Acting in Ireland

Hat tip: Euromight

Ruth Negga
Photo Sasha Gusov

Source: Wikipedia

Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she lived until she was four, to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven. She now lives in Dublin, but continues to visit Ethiopia.

Negga trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin graduating with a BA in Acting Studies.

Negga made her screen debut in the Irish film Capital Letters (2004), playing the lead role of Taiwo. She went on to play the lead role of Mary in Isolation (2005). Prior to this she had been working mostly in theatre.

After seeing Negga act, director Neil Jordan changed the script to Breakfast On Pluto so that she could appear in the movie. She has also starred in Colour Me Kubrick (2005), with John Malkovich, and the short films The Four Horsemen, 3-Minute 4-Play and Stars.

Trailer for her new movie “Trafficked”.

On television Negga has appeared in Doctors, Criminal Justice and the Irish series Love Is The Drug. She also played the lead role of Doris ‘Sid’ Siddiqi in the BBC Three series Personal Affairs, alongside Laura Aikman, Annabel Scholey and Maimie McCoy.

Negga’s theatre work includes roles in Duck, Titus Andronicus and Lay Me Down Softly. As of 2007 she began working with the Irish theatrical group Pan Pan Theatre.

Negga was nominated as 2003’s Most Promising Newcomer at the Olivier Awards. She was chosen as Ireland’s Shooting Star for the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.