When & Why Was ACWA Formed?
The Association was formed in 1988 to bring together women from Africa, Caribbean, and the Diaspora to meet the social, emotional, cultural, and educational needs of these women and their families.
Most of these women were qualified nurses working in Glasgow or studying in various institutions, loneliness and isolation was one of the determining factors of setting up the group.
Aims & Objectives
- To bring together women of Afro-Caribbean or of similar origin living in Glasgow, for better understanding and cooperation.
- To provide facilities in the interest of social welfare, recreation, and leisure-time occupations, with the object of improving the conditions of the lives of members and their children.
- To advance the education of members and their children about good citizenship in a multi-racial society.
- To create social and political awareness among members and to encourage members to participate fully in activities and decision-making processes in the community.
- To promote our cultural values and encourage the use of first languages.
- Breaking down Barriers between black and other ethnic minority and indigenous groups by participating in their activities and inviting them to ACWA cultural events.
- in the early 90’s our members and their children helped set up a multicultural youth group, to promote African cultures through dance, music, dress, food, and poetry. It was to help communities integrate further and understand each other better.
- In 1990 Glasgow was awarded European City of Culture. We had various cultural events throughout the year, highlighting the vibrant diverse cultures in Scotland. The events we had were drumming workshops, in conjunction with Pan African Arts, dance troupe (from London and Brazil). We also had a children’s choir and dance group, which performed at Glasgow Green, Botanic Gardens, and schools throughout Glasgow.
- Our members were highly active in the free Mandela and Anti Racist Campaign, throughout the 80’s and 90’s.
- In 1992, our women were in the forefront of setting up the MERIDIAN Centre, which was in Glasgow City Centre (Fox Street). It was the first ethnic minority women’s Information and resource centre. Unfortunately, the centre closed in 2007.
Quietly and actively in the background influencing change in Glasgow and beyond serving on several community (voluntary, private, and public) organisations such as
- African Caribbean Network
- Glasgow Equality Network Forum
- Community Planning Partnership Boards
- Haemoglobinopathy project, national Reference forum
- Lay Advisors group
- Central Scotland African Unity
- West of Scotland Regional Equality Council
- Glasgow Women’s Voluntary Sector Network
Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Awareness Campaign
- First Sickle Cell Awareness Conference in Glasgow December 1988
- Second Sickle Cell Awareness Conference in Glasgow Blood Sweat and Tears in 2008
- Third (TWO) successful awareness Conferences in September 2013 hosted in Stirling and Glasgow.
- “See Me” campaign to draw attention to mental health stigma and discrimination in the black and Minority Ethnic communities in Glasgow.