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Asylum seekers graduate family planning

About thirty asylum seekers and refugees, last month, received certificates on empowerment with focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights after a ten week course.

The course took place in Limerick and Dublin and was undertaken by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) and with contributions from the National Network of African and Migrant Women living in Ireland, AkiDwA.

The course, titled, Majira, a Swahili word meaning, ‘Family Planning,’ or ‘Seasons’ (as pregnancy in Africa is commonly planned by seasons), seeks to improve the sexual and reproductive health of asylum seekers and refugees and to also give them the tools to discuss issues such as STIs, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, female circumcision, otherwise known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM,) domestic violence, safe-sex negotiation and women’s health services.

17 August 2009   


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