Women Empowering Women to change lives...
Who we are
African Women Development Initiative (AWDI) is a development and support oriented non-profit, non-governmental organisation that was originally formed in 2004 as a support group for migrant women who were experiencing domestic challenges, loosing their self confidence and needed a support base in Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland. Over the years, the support group grew to become an organisation that now serves as a support Network for migrant African women in Ireland and relief for women in deplorable situations.
AWDI is committed to building and strengthening relationships, entrenching family values and foster integration within the community so marginalised women can become socially inclusive. The Network advocates, supports and promotes the integration and cultural identity of women within their community while empowering them to express and improve themselves in areas where they need help.
Our mission is to empower, strengthen, support and educate the African woman for a confident and sufficient living, while advocating, impacting and influencing women’s rights to effectively promote equality, justice, integration and cultural identity, for the African woman wherever she is resident.
A society where women’s rights are enjoyed to build self confident women who believe in themselves enough to identify, tap into and use their God given talent regardless of distractions, to ensure integration, equal opportunity and better living in all spheres of life.
What we beleive
We believe women have human rights to;
- be free from violence within relationships
- live free from abuse in the home, workplace and in society
- be free from racism, discrimination and stereotyping
- Live free of poverty
- enter into Marriage only with free and full consent
Our work is strengthened within the framework of The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an international bill of rights for women, which came into effect on 3 September 1981 which affirms the reproductive rights of women and states that;
“discrimination against women is any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field…. the basis for realizing equality between women and men is through ensuring women's equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life -- including the right to vote and to stand for election -- as well as education, health and employment”.