African Women's Organization (AWO)

ECOSOC Status: None
Type: NGO working on Crime
Address: Schwarzspanierstrasse 15/1/2, 1090 Vienna
Country: Austria
Region: Europe
UN Languages:
Other languages:
  • Counselling
  • Prevention
  • Training
  • Victim Protection
  • Anti-Human Trafficking
  • Sustainable Livelihood / Alternative Development

  • Other:'Human rights, Health Issues, FGM, Harmful traditional practices'
Short description:
The AWO is a non-governmental non-for- profit organisation. Our work is very much, we involve also volunteers. WSE are in many networks like Austrian Women’s Ring, European Women’s Lobby, Africna Coalition on Harmful Traditional Practices and for the Empowerment of >women (ACTPEW), EIGE (European Institute for Gendre Equality), Alliance for Gliobal Health Promotion. The AWO worls in team which is composed of social workers, psychologists, gynaecologists, lawyers, religious leaders and community leaders etc. Our mission is to eradicate and eliminate harmful traditional practices like FGM, early marriage, forced marriage, honour killing, male preference, women and girls trafficking etc.

Through studies of FGM the AWO broke the taboo in the media, in the community and in general in the society and by making a big conference in the UN in Vienna in 2000. After this according to “Profil” those who have been in hidden circumcising became exposed to the public. This helps to prevent FGM in the community, before it was not spoken in the public and in the community. After our awareness raising it was discussed with the leadership of our former president of the parlament Mrs. Barbara Prammer in partnership with us. The AWO iniotiated through her leadership a 6 years National Acttion Plan to prevent and eliminate FGM and other harmful practices in Austria.
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