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2015. FGM Information Guide for Education Professionals in Ireland produced by AkiDwA.

2014. UN Human Rights Council adopts conclusions on preventing and combating all forms of violence against women and girls, including FGM; Ireland co-sponsors resolutions on the elimination of discrimination against women, violence against women and FGM

2014. First specialist clinic to treat FGM opened by IFPA at Well Women Clinic, supported by the HSE’s social inclusion unit

2013. AkiDwA releases results of survey of Irish GPs’ understanding of FGM

2013. E-learning toolkit United to END FGM (UEFGM) produced by Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS, Cyprus), Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS), AkiDwA and Family Planning Association of Portugal (APF)

2012. National Maternity Healthcare Record (NMHCR) incorporates FGM as risk factor

2012. Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 establishes offence of removal from the State of a girl for the purpose of FGM, punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine; summary conviction punishable by imprisonment for up to 12 months and/or a fine of up to €5,000

2011. FGM embedded in Children First National Guidance for Protection and Welfare of Children.

2012. AkiDwA publishes information leaflet for the public, Female Genital Mutilation and the Law in Ireland.

2009-14. AkiDwA delivers awareness-raising projects and training to over 3,500 service providers and healthcare professionals, with funding and support from HSE

2008. Initial statistical extrapolation of prevalence of FGM in Ireland produced by AkiDwA, using 2006 Irish census and global FGM prevalence data: number of FGM-affected women living in Ireland estimated at 2,585, rising to 3,780 using 2011 census data

2008. First handbook for healthcare professionals produced by AkiDwA and Royal College of Surgeons; updated second edition issued in 2013

2008. IFPA joins 15 member-organisations of National Steering Committee on FGM to produce Ireland’s first national action plan to address FGM, covering 2008-11

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