International Practices

ACCM (UK) acknowledges that working with other Agencies is crucial in achieving it aims and gaols tackling health inequalities and harmful traditional practices.  ACCM (UK) for its part link sin with private industry and other organisations to benefit our users and to meet our duties in protecting the environment.

Anglia Water

ACCM (UK) works closely with Anglia Water to improve the health and wellbeing of the community through our outreach work to empower communities on fluoride in water, saving water use and reduce or eliminate pipe blockages.

Our outreach work involves giving talks to the communities in most deprived Wards of Bedford where majority of problems occur including pipe blockades due to use of fat for food preparation which is then poured down the sink leading to blocked drain pipes.  

In the last three years Anglia Water Outreach work involved delivering talks and distributing information on Change Over to Digital TV services.  We also undertook similar work in Queens Park, Cauldwell and Goldington Wards in Bedford, delivering door to door information on Keep It Clear (pipe and drainage systems) and Keep Lead Out of water.

Anglia Water’s Outreach work seeks to address environmental issues and also health issues.  Keep it clear was about use of excessive oil that is then poured down the drainage systems causing smells, dirty water systems and environmental pollution but most of all high cholesterol and heart diseases amongst those who use such heavy artery clogging oils such as butter and ghee.   Keep Lead out was to help improve the health of pregnant women and children including adults as lead has been shown to cause grow problems amongst children. These health concerns raised by Anglia Water in the named Wards are supported by the recent Bedfordshire Public Health Report on Health Inequalities in Bedfordshire.

International Work

As part of our international work ACCM (UK) works in partnership with and has links with other NGOs in Europe, Africa and worldwide.   This work is based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDS), The Convention towards the Elimination of Violence Against Women (CEDAW) and Commission for the Status of Women (CSW). 

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly.   

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eight goals that all 191 UN member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. The United Nations Millennium Declaration signed in September 2000 by all interested states.

The 8 MDGs include:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 
  2. Achieve universal primary education 
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women 
  4. Reduce child mortality 
  5. Improve maternal health 
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability 
  8. Develop a Global Partnership for development
ACCM (UK) in its UK and international operations work towards achieving some if not all these Goals.

Commission for the Status of Women (CSW)

ACCM (UK) has been involved in CSW through its Director’s involvement and membership of former Women’s National Commission (WNC) where she attended CSW meetings at the UN in New York as a member of the Government delegation in 2005.  ACCM (UK) has continued to participate through feedback and involvement in consultation as an NGO. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/index.html

ACCM (UK)’s active participation as one of the of NGOs is a critical element in the work of the CSW. NGOs have been influential in shaping the current global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality- the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. They continue to play an important role is crucial to ACCM (UK) passionate work towards achieving one of its goals or enabling and empowering girls and women.

European Network – FGM (EURONET-FGM)

In Europe ACCM (UK) is a member and partner of EURONET FGM, a European based member organisation working to eliminate all forms of violence, especially female genital mutilation, against girls and women.   In February 2014, ACCM (UK)’s was elected as Board member to EURONET-FGM and she is proud to have this privilege to contribute towards European wide campaign t tackling violence against women.  This membership also promotes ACCM (UK)s’ work across Europe.

Africa

In Africa, ACCM (UK) has established links with Rural Child Care Uganda (RUCCAU) in Uganda and various small local groups in Uganda, Kenya and some West African countries where some of our users originate from.

 In Uganda, ACCM (UK) has strong partnership working with RUCCAU and have Mandate of Agreement to work jointly to improve the social, economic, health and human rights of communities in South Bugishu and Tororo.

 We are jointly seeking funding from various Trusts to help develop this work and DONATIONS are welcome.