2011-2014

  • Political Activity and Lobbying: Iroko in partnership with CATW is engaged in international policy and lobbying and every year  (since 2003) takes part to the Commission on Women in the world (CSW) organized by UN in New York.
  • 3th level accomodation for women:  single women with no children who have already faced a first path of social inclusion.
  • Training course for Job Placement aimed to Migrant Women and Women Victims of Trafficking and Violence: the big majority of the women completed the training course and some of them were included in various workplaces into our network; others have found work in other contexts.
  • Temporary Economic Assistance: it is linked to the paragraph 2 of the list.
  • Assistance to Disadvantaged Families with Children- Job Placement and Housing for Women Victims of Trafficking and Violence. not only women, but also many families  benefited from this assistance.
  • Free Food distribution: in partnership with Banco Alimentare Iroko distributed food to needy people. Since 2013, in cooperation with Pentecostal churches in Turin, we gave help to members of these churches.
  • Psychological support and ethno-clinic mediation: Iroko relies on psychological assistance centers, mainly the Frantz Fanon Centre, to provide meeting opportunities and psychological support for women who need it. The activity was carried out with cultural mediators from the same countries of origin of the women and it involved a substantial group of women from several nationalities.
  • Orientation to job placement: activity carried out involving women in periodical meetings. Since 2010 small groups of men requiring job assistance also participated.
  • Italian language for foreign people: course for learning Italian language supported by our volunteers.
  • Prevention of trafficking in Nigeria through scholarships and economic assistance: it aims to give  scholarships to the girls at risk of being involved in trafficking networks; it includes an economic contribution to their families.

2005-2010

  • 2007: Baby-parking service opened at the former head office in Via Parini 5 in Central Turin, to accommodate children aged 3 months to 6 years. A place where parents could safely leave their children for a few hours.
  • International Conference on Trafficking and Prostitution (Benin City, March 26-27, 2007): Iroko organized the first conference on trafficking in Nigeria, in collaboration with the International Coalition Against Trafficking in Women  (CATW) and the Nigerian government agency National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Many representatives took part in it, both governmental and NGOs from Nigeria and the Western World (Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, United States, France and Denmark). As a result motions against gender violence, violence against women and children, trafficking and prostitution were submitted to Nigerian Parliament, in order to promote laws against trafficking.
  • Professional Training Course for Job Placement aimed to Migrant Women and Victims of Trafficking and Violence (2006-2007). The main problem to deal with for Iroko is often to provide job placement for its members. This project, carried out with the financial contribution of Fondazione Unionetica, allowed us to provide training programs to offer women essential tools to find a job. Some of them were immediately hired.
  • Training course for employees of Bosnian Government and representatives of local NGOs, funded by USAID (2005). The course – lasting a week- included a meeting with the major organizations working against trafficking in Turin, in order to facilitate an exchange of experiences and reflect how to develop the future legislative policies in Bosnia.
  • Training course for mediators and welfare operators in Cagliari and Messina (2005).
  • Training day for Equal Opportunities in Turin and Training day for trainers on violence against women organized by Amnesty International.
  • Training course for assisted women: orientation and acquisition of job skills; we offered a course for chambermaids with Adecco Foundation for Equal Opportunities (2006-2010).
  • Project Domanda: activities on raising awareness on gender roles and violence against women (especially prostitution), on trafficking and stereotypes, which often are the basis of domestic violence. We worked with some classes of the secondary school “Giordano Bruno” in Turin for three years, in order to raise awareness among young people aged 16- 19 to prevent the occurrence of violence and the demand for paid sex, and to reflect about stereotypes.

1999-2004

  • 1999: Training course for social operators and cultural mediators working at the women’s shelter for victims of trafficking and of gender-based violence, in collaboration with AlmaTerra Association.
  • 1999 to 2009: Iroko was a member of the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery of the United Nations (until 2009 when the Working Group ceased to exist).
  • 1999 to 2013: Regular meetings with various government agencies on new forms of slavery and violence against women and children: in Norway, Spain, France, Nigeria, USA and other countries (until 2013).
  • March 8, 2003: Organization of a seminar in collaboration with the association Group University Studies On immigration (GUSI) titled “Women for a culture of peace: the development of women as a basis for peace.”
  • 2001/2002: Production of a documentary film named “Journey Of No Return“. Created and produced by Iroko, it denounces the conditions of violence and slavery to which victims of trafficking are exposed in Italy. The movie (translated into English) is distributed in Nigeria with the help of the UPM and in other countries, and also in the United States, thanks to the Salvation Army International.
  • 2000: Participation in the cultural yearly event “Identità e Differenza” (Identity and Difference) in Turin, Italy.
  • January 22-24, 2004: International Conference on Trafficking and Prostitution (Alba, Italy) within the project “Equality Network for a new life” funded by European Social Fund, in partnership with CISAS, Italian Social Cooperative Con.E.Dis. Scarl and 8 others. Iroko promoted a conference on trafficking in women for sexual exploitation and prostitution. The Conference discussed issues relating to prostitution and trafficking, new European trends on regulating prostitution as a response to trafficking and prostitution in Italy.

Research projects (from 2001 to 2003)

Studies on trafficking and violence, mainly against women and children:

  • Research and Case-study on International Trafficking of Nigerian Girls for Prostitution in Italy” (2001-2003), partly funded by the United Nations and carried both in Italy and in Nigeria to know the reasons behind the choose of girls to leave;
  • Best Practices in the Inter-Agency Cooperation” (2001-2003), in partnership with London-Change  and 3 NGOs within the EU Stop II Program, and dedicated to prevention, control and support of victims against human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children. An important goal was to build an international network of experts on this field.
  • “Action to raise awareness of community / migrant families on prevention of female genital mutilation” (2002/2003). It was carried out in partnership with CIES and 7 other organizations within the EU Daphne Programme to combat violence against women and childhood (“Preventive Measures to fight violence against children, young people and women”).