THE SWEDISH FEDERATION OF IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS - RIFFI
The Swedish Federation of Immigrant Women’sAssociations addresses itself to women irrespective of their nationality and their political and religious background. The first of the present-day 30 local organisations was established in 1968 and served as a platform for women to deal with issues such as integration, jobs, education, child raising, etc. The Federation was established in 1974 and has, over the years, helped break the isolation that many immigrant women experience. It has supported and guided its members to education and awareness in such matters as civil rights and social responsibilities, thus increasing their chances of integration into the Swedish society.
RIFFI has implemented many projects meant to improve the life quality for its members. Some of these projects are connected to consumer knowledge, health issues, the search for identity, strengthening one’s self-confidence, empowerment, counselling for abused women, and establishing networks for the young women.
RIFFI led the campaign to ban female genital mutilation in Sweden, which resulted in a law in 1982. At an early stage, RIFFI brought to the Government’s attention the family patterns, which encourage and sometimes force immigrant girls to marry at an early age. In 2004 a new law on child and forced marriage was adopted.
RIFFI is a member of The Swedish Women’s Lobby, Save the Children, The Swedish UN Organisation, Operation 1325, The Inter African Committee, WOCAD Women's Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues, as well as The Centre Against Racism.
At an international level, RIFFI has contributed to establishing an international action group concerned with the immigrant women’s prospects to take part in the democratic process. The Federation also works with different networks in order to increase awareness on the immigrant woman’s situation in Europe and beyond. Since 1998 RIFFI has been granted consultative status on women issues in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
RIFFI ‘s official journal, published quarterly, reports on immigrant and refugee women issues in Sweden and other parts of the world.