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

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.

Celebrating Diversity in Connemara and County Galway

Hat tip: BEWNET


AkiDwa – The African and Migrant Women’s Network in Ireland is organising a series of events such as workshops, concerts and seminars to commemorate 2010 – the European year of combating poverty and social exclusion. At the end of September AkiDwA is organising a celebration of diversity and social gathering where people from the Connemara area will join with their new neighbours who have come to live in Connemara and County Galway from around the world.

Date: 25th September, 2010
Time: 12 noon until 6pm
Venue: Clifden Town Hall, Clifden, County Galway

Contact AkiDwa for more information.

Salome Mbugua Henry of AkiDwA is one of Ireland’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs

Social Entrepreneurs

AkiDwA is a national network of African women that aims to address the existing and changing needs of African women in Ireland irrespective of their ethnic / national backgrounds, traditions / religious beliefs, socio economic, political or legal status. Salome has volunteered tirelessly for this network and hopes to see it grow in the coming years.

In 2001 Salome Founded AkiWdA and was its chairperson for 3 years. In 2003 she was honoured with the RTE /Metro Media award for her positive contribution in promoting multiculturalism in Ireland.


Salome is a native of Kenya married and resident in Ireland with her husband and two daughters. She holds a qualification in Social Work from her native Kenya, along with a qualification in Women Studies and Equality Studies from UCD. She has over 15 years experience of working with disadvantaged and marginalised groups especially with women and young people, in Kenya, Uganda and Ireland.

In 2007 Salome was nominated to the Board of the Equality Authority.