RENATE: Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation
The 2nd Assembly of RENATE in Rome 2016 ‘’Ending Trafficking begins with US.’’
RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking against Trafficking and Exploitation) has welcomed 130 members from many European countries, to Rome, for their second European Assembly (6-12 November 2016). Here they reflected, learnt, dialogued and shared best practices to combat human trafficking and exploitation. They were motivated by excellent inputs, workshops, presentations and through the testimony of the survivors of this modern slavery. During the second day of the assembly the RENATE Members had a special meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican and each participant had the privilege of greeting His Holiness in person. This was a joyful day for each of them. Imelda Poole IBVM, the President of RENATE, thanked Pope Francis on behalf of the organization, citing specific ways in which he has raised awareness of human trafficking, especially of the suffering of the trafficked. Pope Francis was also thanked for the tremendous support given to those working to eliminate human trafficking and who support and work with survivors. Please click the link to read the full report: The 2nd Assembly of RENATE in Rome 2016 ‘’Ending Trafficking begins with US.’’
“No one can claim to be indifferent, in the face of new forms of slavery, imposed by criminal organisations which buy and sell men, women and children, as forced labourers, in construction, agriculture, fishing or in other markets.” Pope Francis, 2nd December 2015, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Modern Slavery Garden wins gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2016
Awarded gold, Juliet Sargeant’s Modern Slavery Garden highlighted the chilling fact that, two centuries after the passing of the Slavery Act, there are still 27 million slaves worldwide. At the heart of the Modern Slavery Garden is an oak tree, similar to the one (still alive in Sussex, UK) under which William Wilberforce stood when he dedicated his life to ending slavery, symbolising hope. A series of front doors such as you see on every street led to a path of freedom planted with a riot of colour, to uplift and give hope.
You can see and hear Juliet Sargeant speak about the garden at: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2016-05-17/designer-brings-modern-slavery-garden-to-chelsea-flower-show/
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December 2015
“This year’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery comes as the international community is intensifying efforts to eradicate poverty and forge a post-2015 development agenda. In pursuing these goals, it is vital that we give special consideration to ending modern-day slavery and servitude which affects the poorest, most socially excluded groups – including migrants, women, discriminated ethnic groups, minorities and indigenous peoples.There has been important progress in the last year.Continue Reading…….
RENATE Mapping Across Europe
Just published, the RENATE Mapping Across Europe Report provides rich insights into the contribution being made by women religious, their congregations and associates in the world-wide efforts to bring an end to Human Trafficking. Set within the wider context of the most recent US Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report published in July 2015, the RENATE Mapping Across Europe Report illustrates the diverse actions undertaken by RENATE members in 13 countries from East, Central and Western Europe. These actions range from victim protection through shelters, to education-awareness, informing policy, recovery and integration, advocacy as well as campaigning. In addition to assessing existing systems of victim identification and support within the 13 participating countries, attention is drawn to possible loopholes within such systems, as well as risks of abuse and exploitation. Attentive to the pain of the victims of human trafficking, the Report proposes conclusions and recommendations which when implemented, have the power to transform the lives of those who are the victims of this crime against humanity. RENATE Mapping Across Europe
Introduction by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person, www.renate-europe.net
RENATE Members attend Training for Transformation and Board Meeting in Dublin.
Members travelled from across 16 European countries to All Hallows College, Dublin, for this training programme and board meeting, from the 26th to the 30th of October, 2015. Most enjoyed and gained much benefit from the three-day training. It was followed by input from various organisations located in Ireland and working to stop human trafficking: Continue Reading: Report from RENATE Training in Ireland.
The 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters, 3rd-6th November, 2015
Advocates for women’s shelters, health care workers, women working as social workers and other NGO’s are amongst the participants from more than 95 countries around the world currently attending the conference, including RENATE members Adina Balan, SJ and Ivonne van de Kar, who will co-present a presentation on RENATE at the Conference. The Conference is an initiative arising from the Global Network of Women’s Shelters (GNWS), the Dutch Foundation of Women’s Shelters and its partners, with a view to connecting and acting together in order to end violence against women. Continue Reading: Conference Centre World Forum, The Hague, the Netherlands
ENDING TRAFFICKING BEGINS WITH YOU
One the critical projects supported by MWL is the The Network of Women Religious in Europe – known as RENATE – is committed to working together against human trafficking, keeping abreast of the latest trends and in the light of Gospel values. The members work in the field of direct action, training, advocacy and campaigning, research and cross cultural cooperation. The work of RENATE has an ethic of inclusivity with members equally from East and West Europe. RENATE has developed a methodology of work which includes a high level of networking processes amongst the members using modern technology and clear communication. This enables resources to be shared and an implementation of the plan of action to be successfully accomplished at every stage. The work itself includes awareness raising right across Europe through the collaboration of the many members of RENATE. This action is directed to eliminating, to the best of their ability, the crime of human trafficking taking place in our world today. This particular work undertaken by the members, involves many creative initiatives right across Europe in the field of prevention in the most vulnerable and isolated regions, sustaining many innovative projects. The members are also engaged in direct action with the victims of trafficking. They work in shelters, refugee services, reintegration centres and on the streets where the victims are being used by pimps and need to be rescued. Finally RENATE’s methodology includes advocacy and research. In this work they have amongst their members some who have or who are conducting PhD level research in the field of anti-trafficking and who collaborate with RENATE in this work.
RENATE are also aware, through the use of their website that they can be key actors in the field of advocacy worldwide. Through the individual members, advocacy is taking place each day at the grass roots. Those, in RENATE, are aware of the intensity of their work and so a key element is also ‘care of the workers’. This has been included as an integral part of their plan of action and therefore their methodology.They are also aware of the need for assessment and for ensuring our future until this crime has disappeared, therefore fund raising is constant and they raise awareness of their needs to all congregations in Europe and funding bodies who are sensitive to this work. They are constituted as a non profit NGO under the Dutch law and have a Board, a core group and sub groups consisting of hard working voluntary members. They also employ three part time staff: A secretary, a communications officer and a finance officer.