AkiDwa, a national network of migrant women in Ireland, is hosting an event recognising the contributions of migrant women to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

The conference, entitled ‘Towards Equity: Recognising Migrant Women’s skills, Innovation and Maximising their Potential’, will be held at LinkedIn in Dublin 2 from 10am to 1.30pm.

Dr Salome Mbugua, CEO of AkiDwa (which stands for Akina Dada wa Africa, Swahili for sisterhood), commented: “ESRI research shows migrant women are highly educated and qualified, however majority are working in jobs that does not match their qualifications. Meanwhile, others are unable to access employment at all and experience exploitation and discrimination working in the informal economy. They are facing many barriers that are preventing them from reaching their full potential.”

The event is free to attend, and will focus on topics such as: innovation, access to employment, civic engagement and political representation, while discussing how to achieve equity for migrant women on these areas.

The conference will hear from a number of migrant women, including Evelyn Nomayo, an Afro-Irish developer and the founder of Phase Innovate, who worked with a group of teenage girls in 2020 to produce an award-winning app ‘Memory Heaven’, which assists patients with dementia.

To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/toward-equity-conference-tickets-554739048427