Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change. The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

Monthly Archives: February 2018

The MWL Foundation in a joint effort with Rogationist school in Lezhe is implementing the Service-Learning methodology which is planned to be a pilot study project.  The pilot study is ongoing in partnership with a local school and local community activists.

Service learning involves students in service projects which apply classroom learning in collaboration with local organizations that exist to effect positive change in the community. It is defined as “a philosophy, pedagogy, and model for community development that is used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.”

Service learning is learning through action. The students apply what they learn in class to community issues and at the same time learn from the experience as they achieve real objectives for the community.

The pedagogical staffs of Rogationist School are working closely with the MWL staff and the students planning all together the implementation of this new learning approach.  Through the service learning programme, the young people involvement will increase their communication skills and their interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others.  In addition, they will develop personal leadership skills.

The training of the pedagogical staff and 37 students from the School government means that they have been introduced to the methodology and have prepared for the stages of the project implementation.

The students have been trained in the project cycle management to understand what are the stages of a Service Learning project in order to apply these stages into the concrete implementation of the SL projects which will be initiated by the students. Please click here to read the full report.

“Migrant workers, like all workers, are entitled to fair treatment and fair treatment for migrant workers is also key to preserving the social fabric of our societies and to sustainable development.” Message from ILO Director-General, Mr. Guy Ryders

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.

2018 theme: Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice

Most migration today is linked directly or indirectly to the search for decent work opportunities. Even if employment is not the primary driver, it usually features in the migration process at some point.

There are an estimated 258 million international migrants. The ILO estimates that there are roughly 150 million migrant workers.

Among migrant workers, 56 percent are men and 44 percent are women.

Migrant workers account for 4.4 percent of all workers and have higher labor force participation rates than non-migrants globally (73 percent and 64 percent respectively).

http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/

 

It is a fact that violence against women, in all forms, is on the increase and cases are becoming public in Albania. Even though women are granted equal rights by law, they still remain exposed and submissive to men’s authority. There are many social and economic factors that lead to women remaining vulnerable. The greatest factor is the lack of shelter for women and girls at risk. This has been one of the biggest challenges faced while working with women/clients at MWL Women ACT. Many women who come to the centre are at risk and need accommodation and protection. Shelters in Albania host only victims of trafficking and domestic violence when they already have the status of victim or have a protection order. This makes it difficult to refer cases who do not yet obtain such status or when the protection order is not valid. Apart from this factor, even when women do have a protection order, these shelters are very often full to capacity and cannot host new cases. Therefore most of the support given by the shelters is long after the violence has happened. It is long after the case has been proven through the courts with a witnessed denunciation confirmed by a police statement. Until then the case remains at a level of treatment and not for prevention of more harm.

Women and girls, who are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation, need comprehensive support. The economic situation enforces them to remain dependent on the perpetrators. Many have already received help at MWL Women ACT centre. Women are made aware of the risk and are given advice on how to protect themselves. To help these women at ACT, we have offered them referrals to service providers in order to gain benefits from social and economic aid, employment, psychological support, and emergency food packages, in collaboration with the Food Bank Albania.

On February 16th seven young people from Lagje Mirdita, who are being trained as leaders, entertained around 30 children. These children live on the streets and frequent the Little Angels, a community centre managed by the NGO Shkej. The leaders training is coordinated by the MWL staff, Artemisa Aliaj and Zana Guri. This was a wonderful afternoon for each of the budding youth leaders. They had so much fun and shared many experiences.

Youngsters from Lagje Miredita were committed during the week to collecting clothes for the little ones from their community. These clothes were delivered to the Little Angel Ngo for children. The energizing sessions were really entertaining. The young people from Lagje Miredita enjoyed every one of the exercises. What a pleasure to be there!

On the 100th anniversary of the success of the suffragette movement, the students of Loreto College Altrincham, expressed their pride in their feminist tradition and Loreto’s values of justice and freedom, arguing passionately for more to be done by women and men together, now and into the future, for gender equality.

Thank you very much to the staff and students of the Loreto Grammar School for fundraising on this great day to help stop the contemporary trafficking of women from Albania. Read more:

Suffrage Day – February 2018