Migrant Women

Migrant women are making significant and positive contributions to Ireland, economically, socially and culturally. Their experiences are diverse and varied. On the one hand, many migrant women experience discrimination. Their lives are structured around a combination of racial and gender inequalities. They are also overrepresented in the most marginalized and lowest paid jobs. On the other hand, migration has led to positive experiences for women. It has the potential to reshape gender relations and inequalities and enables many women to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

International Women's Breakfast

women4women network and Southside Partnership Women's Programme are organising regular International Women's Breakfasts in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. Women from different nationalities and cultures will meet to celebrate, to learn and to share information and food. These breakfasts are attracting many women in the county since summer 2011. They are organised every 4 – 6 weeks. Each breakfast is a feast of food from different countries as the women bring their own dish from their country of original. This is also a good opportunity to get to know women from the different areas in the county.
For more information on the dates of the Women's International Breakfast look up the NEWS section of this website.

Bring a dish, bring a friend, all women are welcome!

Integration Programme of Southside Partnership Women's Programme

English Language and Communication Classes in DLR county

We are offering a range of English Language and Communication Classes for beginners and intermediate level in different parts of the DLR county. Venues are usually in Sandyford, Ballyogan, Dundrum and Dun Laoghaire.For more information please at the women4women network and/or Southside Partnership Women's Programme leaflet or look up the news section of this website. Courses usually start in September and February over a period of 10 - 15 weeks in the morning.

For more information please call Marese or Rafika on 01 442 1004.

WEMIN European funded project 2018-2019

WEMIN is a new integration project funded through AMIF. It aims to implement and promote a comprehensive good practice integration model for migrant/refugee women in Europe. 9 organisations from 8 countries are involved in the research project. Social, cultural, educational and professional aspects of inclusion will be addressed and active participation will be achived.

This project is funded by European Union's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund under grant agreement No 776211. AMIF

Integration Programme 2014 and 2015 funded through European Integration Funds

In 2014 and the first half of 2015 the Southside Partnership ran an intercultural project for women from non-EU countries who recently arrived in Ireland. This project was funded by the European Integration Fund. The project offered a series training and integration events for migrant women living in DLR.

Many thanks to all participants!

Advancing Cultural DL Booklet-PRINT

Advancing Cultural Dialog - An intercultural project for women in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
This project was co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality, and Pobal.

Non EU Nationals

Residence rights of non-EEA nationals (CIC)

Permission to stay in Ireland, stamps and conditions (INIS)

Dun Laoghaire Ethnic Minority Integration Forum

The dlr Social Inclusion Unit, in partnership with The New Communities Partnership (NCP) and supported by Southside Partnership have established an Integration Forum in the County. The mission of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Ethnic Minority Integration Forum is to work in collaboration with stakeholders that operate within the county of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown to ensure that their plans and policies reflect the social, cultural and economic needs of the ethnic minority communities in the county.

More information is available from the Social Inclusion Officer.

Phone: 01 204 7924

Email: info@dlrintegration.ie


Islamic Cultural Centre in Ireland

In the years since its opening the ICCI has worked to build bridges between the Muslim community and the wider Irish community, both in a professional and social capacity. One of the departments within the ICCI is that of the Women's section, its main purpose: to address the needs of Muslim women on a daily basis and to arrange educational workshops and courses for this purpose.

To learn more about the Women’s Department please see www.islamireland.ie

19 Roebuck Road
Dublin 14
Phone: 01 208 0000

Garda Diversity Committee

The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Garda Diversity Committee was established in 2009. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life of ethnic minorities in Ireland by creating a platform of engagement between the diverse communities living and/or working in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and An Garda Siochana.

The current Committee has representatives from a range of diverse communities living and/or working in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. The Committee would like to expand the group to include people from as many backgrounds as possible who would take part in various events that they plan and organise during the year. These events and workshops will be of relevance to people who have decided to make Ireland their home either for the long term or short term.

The Garda Diversity Committee can take up issues on behalf of people living or working in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown with the local Garda Siochana even if the issue has taken place in another Garda district.

If you would like to take part in the activities of the Committee or would like more information, please email dlrgdc@gmail.com.

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Since 2001, MRCI has provided frontline advocacy and information services to migrants in Ireland. They are committed to ensuring free, confidential, accurate and up-to-date information on immigration, employment and access to services.
The Drop-In Centre at 13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1 is open every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm.
This service is open to everyone; please call in if you need support. If you can't come to the Centre, their caseworkers provide free and confidential advice by email.

Phone: 01 889 7570


Akina Dada wa Africa (AkiDwA; Swahili for sisterhood) is a minority, ethnic-led, national network of African and migrant women living in Ireland. This non-governmental organisation with charitable status was established in August 2001 by a group of African women to address the needs of an expanding population of African and migrant women resident in Ireland. The organisation is a recognised authoritative and representative body for migrant women, irrespective of their national/ethnic background, tradition, religious beliefs, socio-economic or legal status. AkiDwA’s advocacy approach is based on a gender perspective and the organisation promotes an equal society, free of racism, discrimination and stereotyping. AkiDwA’s advocacy approach is based on strengthening migrant women’s voice, applying a gender perspective to policies and practices and promoting the equality of migrant women in Irish society, free of gender and racial stereotyping.

More information is available on www.akidwa.ie

Unit 2 Killarney Court
Buckingham Street
Dublin 1

Phone: 01 834 9851
Mobile: 086 3096859
Email: info@akidwa.ie

Cairde - Health Information and Advocacy Centre

Cairde is a community development organisation working to tackle health inequalities among ethnic minority communities by improving ethnic minority access to health services, and ethnic minority participation in health planning and delivery.
The centre provides information and support on medical card applications, GPs and hospitals, maternity services and social welfare.

More information on www.cairde.ie

19 Belvedere Place
Dublin 1

Phone: 01 855 2111
Email: info@cairde.ie
Drop in 10am - 5pm Monday, Tuesday Thursday and Friday; 2pm - 5pm Wednesday

You can also email a worker that speak other language then English.


Crosscare Migrant Project (formerly Emigrant Advice) is an information, advocacy and referral organisation for migrants in vulnerable situations. It is a project of Crosscare, the Social Care Agency of the Dublin Archdiocese. Crosscare Migrant Project works with intending, existing and returning Irish emigrants, as well as new migrants in Ireland.
To find out more about the Migrant Project go to www.migrantproject.ie

Crosscare Migrant Project has also created an easy to use multipurpose resource/website. It provides general information on rights in five languages as well as exploring culture, language, history, society and participation in Ireland.- www.livinginireland.ie/

Crosscare Migrant Project:

1 Cathedral Street
Dublin 1

Phone: 01 873 2844
Email: migrantproject@crosscare.ie

ENAR Ireland - working collectively to eradicate racism in Ireland

ENAR Ireland (European Network Against Racism Ireland) is a national network of anti-racism civil society organisations which aims to work collectively to highlight and address the issue of racism in Ireland through the promotion and monitoring of EU and global anti-racist initiatives. ENAR Ireland is the Irish National Coordination for the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) based in Brussels.

phone: 01 889 7110

Refugee Legal Service

Confidential and independent legal services for persons applying for asylum in Ireland.

Find more information on www.legalaidboard.ie

Freephone 1800 23 83 43
Mon to Fri from 9.15am - 5.30pm

Immigrant Council of Ireland

The Immigrant Council of Ireland’s (ICI) Information and Support Service provides information about the immigration system for people who come to Ireland to visit, work, study or live.
Also available: information on 'Independent Immigration status for non-EEA nationals experiencing domestic violence'

The Information, Support and Referral Service can be contacted by telephone on (01) 674 0200 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm. The service is closed on Wednesdays.
For more information go to www.immigrantcouncil.ie

St Andrew Street
Dublin 2,

Phone: Information Service (01) 674 0200
Phone: Administration (01) 674 0202

The New Communities Partnership

NCP also offers a free service for immigrants who are applying for Citizenship which would be of interest to new communities. Citizenship Application Support Service offers a free service for immigrant who are applying for citizenship.
It is aimed at applicants intending to apply for naturalisation as Irish Citizens.

For FREE Support & Information call Citizenship Application Support Service on 01 6713887
For free drop – in – service: Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am – 4 pm New Communities Partnership, 10 Cornmarket, Dublin 8

' Women's Space' is a new space in Dublin for migrant women to link with other women.
Women are welcome to come along on the first Friday of each month to talk, learn, laugh, network, study, discuss, advice and ask advice.

All women are welcome on the first Friday of every month from 11 am - 1 pm.

Phone: 01 671 3639


Migrant Women experiencing Domestic Violence

Information in 4 different languages French, Polish, Russian and Chinese (Mandarin) is available here (link to dv leaflets).

Telephone Interpretation Service of Women's Aid:

If English is not your first language, Women's Aid can help you.
The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline can offer support women in over 170 languages through our Telephone Interpretation Service.

If you would like to speak to Women's Aid call the Helpline on
1800 341 900 (open 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week):
• Tell Women's Aid what language you speak.
• They will ask you to hold. This process takes a few minutes. Please wait until They come back to you.
•Women's Aid will connect you with an interpreter.
•The interpreter will then help you to speak to Women's Aid in your own language.

This service is free and confidential.



www.nwci.ie - National Women's Council Of Ireland - The central purpose of the National Women's Council of Ireland is to promote women's rights and women's equality. They also work on Integration and Anti - racism.