KWISA was established for the development and empowerment of African women and their families in so that they achieve their full potential in the community and society in Scotland, UK and the rest of Africa.
KWISA beliefs in principles of justice, fairness and equality for all people regardless of status. While. It’s focus is the African people in Scotland, KWISA believes that solidarity across geographical and ideological divisions is important for the advancement of fairness, justice and the human rights of all people.
OUR FGM POLICY
We work towards the protection of girls at risk and the restoration of dignity of African women and girls affected by FGM. We raise awareness, provide training and inform on policy. We work towards the improvement of access to appropriate services through advocacy and by raising awareness about effects and the impact of FGM and other Harmful Traditional Practices on the lives of women and girls affected by these issues. We support the Scottish Government’s 4 Ps in our FGM approach – Prevention, Protection, Provision of services and Participation. KWISA understands that FGM is not a single story and is more than cutting – therefore we involve all members of the community: youth, women, men and community and faith leaders from countries across Africa.
OUR STORY SO FAR
KWISA was founded in 2012 by three Kenyan women who believed that Scotland needed to do more to meet the needs of women of African decent and their families. Since then they have worked tirelessly to grow the organisation and get KWISA’s message out there – organising events, campaigning and partnering with other organisations such as Faith Leaders, Third Sector organisations, MSPs , statutory bodies and the Scottish Government. KWISA’s achievements include bringing Faith Leaders together to sign a Declaration to eradicate FGM, petitioning the Scottish Government to add “Elongation” to their anti-FGM guidelines and attracting funding to build their capacity and expand their remit.