Roots In Africa and Ireland (RIAINetwork) is an initiative which aims to promote inclusion, equity and diversity within Irish society. RIAINetwork strives to build understanding and instill pride of being African and Irish through knowledge, empowerment and representation.
Joy-Tendai is a Board Member of AONTAS (National Adult Learning Organisation). Her deep commitment to social justice and racial equity is what motivates her advocacy work for equality for women, girls and ethnic minoritized communities.
Her own lived experience of racial inequity has helped her understand the challenges faced by ethnic minorities and young people of African descent living in Ireland in accessing services. She also has worked on various projects to promote education and literacy for primary school children on the African continent.
We believe in the power and potential of youth. Driven by this belief, our mission is to support youth who can trace their roots to the African continent to create positive change towards more inclusive, fair and sustainable communities.
Our goal is to help young people celebrate their cultural identity and duality that empowers and helps young people thrive in white spaces without feeling inadequate. This includes their uniqueness be it in skin colour, hair texture and bodies. Rooted & United Youth is a safe and brave hub for holistic growth, independence and sisterhood/ brotherhood that transcends borders, languages that works on the principles of knowledge, empowerment and representation.
Rooted & United Men is a hub for holistic growth, support and network building for men who can trace their roots to the African continent and includes those united to the continent through family ties.
Working on the pillars of knowledge, empowerment and representation to create a brotherhood that transcends borders, languages, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and help change the narratives about black men, especially the ‘dangerous black man’. Black men are much more than that and have made many positive contributions to Irish society.
We recognise the intersections within womanhood and the important role held by women in ensuring that women’s voices are heard and represented at all levels of society. Through women’s natural leadership skills, they can mentor, sponsor and empower societies especially communities that are underrepresented.
Rooted & United Women is a celebration of all women who can trace their roots to the African continent, works under the three pillars of knowledge, empowerment and representation, with women from all backgrounds in the spirit of Ubuntu and shared sisterhood to help make our society more equitable and sustainable for future generations.
Our organisation’s main aim is to help build inclusive societies and Rooted & United LGBTQI+ is a inclusive and safe space that through knowledge, empowerment and representation seeks to challenge several myths &stigma around the LGBTQI+ community.
Our leaders will answer questions frequently asked of QTIPOC (queer, trans and/or intersex Black people and people of colour) In addition, we will support your right to be you & provide a safe space to exchange any interrogation about your gender identity and/or sexual orientation.