In the last two months of April and May, MWL has developed 9 awareness activities against human trafficking in 6 different cities of Albania.
These sessions were held in secondary schools according to the following tables:
a) Table of activities developed on awareness-raising sessions: Trafficking of Human Beings:
b) Table of awareness raising sessions developed: Impact of Social Media and Online Trafficking:
Below are some photos during the awareness sessions:
Fuat Babani, Bilisht
Petro Nini Luarasi, Erseke
Spiro Gjiknuri, Himare
Deshmoret e Pojskes, Udenisht
The methodology used for the realization of these sessions was non-formal through various engaging videos, visual images, and exercises to reflect and stimulate critical thinking about the information and phenomenon. These tools and teaching strategies allowed the young people to be interactive with the material during the 45-minute sessions.
Young people were informed about the phenomenon of human trafficking and modern slavery, the causes of this phenomenon in our society, how they can identify the signs of a potentially dangerous situation, and social media as one of the most widespread forms of online recruitment for victims of trafficking and exploitation.
327 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 participated in these sessions.
Prepared by Artemisa Aliaj.
Aferdita Gjoni, represented MWL as a partner organization with ADANTE, at their study days which took place in Snagov-Rumania with the topic “Women in church make the difference” .
52 women from 13 European countries attended these study days. Many very important viewpoints of Women in Church were shared by Prof. Tina Beattie, from the University Catherine of Siena, UK, Boroka Beke – Pastor of reformed Church in Rumania , Regina Hyder , Institute of Mainz and others.
The Study days were very interesting and focused mainly on the church as the imagined space in which we live – the church as our spiritual home. The participants reflected on what change women might make to this home , if we were recognised as “homemakers” where everyone brought their perspectives of what they do in their respective countries .
Other speakers brought initiatives from their countries of what they are doing to build new strategies for women inclusion such as Voices of Faith, a global initiative that works to empower women and to advocate for their presence in leadership and decision making roles in the Catholic Church. To achieve this there is the need to rebuild the power structures and address gender inequality within the church. www.overcomingsilence .com
It was very inspiring to hear from Regina Hyder about the difference women can make in church and where she mentioned Mary Ward as a lady who broke the role models and struggled to give more education and power to women .
Many workshops took place focusing on different perspectives of sharing the role of women’s creativity, spirituality and blessings.
The General Assembly took place after these study days and the new leadership team was elected to lead ANDANTE for the next three years.
The three priorities chosen to be followed up by ANDANTE for the next three years are ‘’Preservation and Creation’’, ‘’Violence Against Women’’ and ‘’Empowerment of Women through Education and Mutual Support’’.
Mary Ward Loreto Foundation launched the Research on Migration of Albanians and findings of this study report on Friday, 26 of April 2019. More than 100 participants attended the conference at Tirana International Hotel in Tirana, Albania.
The panelists of this conference were: Imelda Poole (IBVM), MWL President; Mr. Alfred Matoshi; Ms. Sulltana Aliaj; Mr. Denis Mema; Dr. Arlind Qori; Prof. Dr. Zyhdi; and Dr. Ana Majko. Ms. Sulltana Aliaj presented the Literature of the research and Mr. Denis Mema presented the Methodology and findings of the research. Mr. Alfred Matoshi presented the Analyzed findings of the research, Dr. Arlind Qori, spoke about the links between Politics and Migration, Prof. Dr. Zyhdi Dervishi gave a asocial context of Migration, and Dr. Ana Majko spoke about the current situation of Migration and trafficking in Albania.
This study was led by the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, under Mr. Alfred Matoshi coordination and co-author with Ms. Sulltana Aliaj and Mr. Denis Mema.
An irreplaceable contribution to this study was given by academic staff from the Social Sciences Department at the University of Tirana specifically: Prof.Dr. Zyhdi Dervishi, Dr. Arlind Qori and Dr. Livia Nano. A special thanks to Dr. Edita Fiono and Ada Braho PhD Researcher.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers, individuals, and associates who worked with passion and dedication in the collection of data, interviewing, and organizing focus groups across Albania.
Migration is a phenomenon that has affected nearly all Albanians. Statistics show that most Albanians want to leave in order to have a better life outside of Albania. Given this fact, a study has been done to identify the factors that push Albanians to migrate. The study has as a sample 1,105 individuals with an equal gender distribution and a range of ages. The instruments used are the self-appointed questionnaire for migration and the World Health Organization questionnaire based on quality of life, the degree of hope, and life satisfaction. Focus groups and interviews were also used to analyze the phenomenon.
Mr. Denis Mema shared the analyzed findings of the research. The results show a large tendency of Albanians to leave the country as a result of socio-economic factors.
Currently, in Albania, frequency analysis shows that 83.86% of participants asked want to leave their county and 16.14% do not want to leave. Statistical analyses show that both women and men are equal in their desire to leave.
There are many factors that affect the great desire to emigrate. Around 84.9% (N=786) want to leave for social economic reasons, including unemployment, lack of basic services and poor standards of living. It results that 5% (N=47) wanted a higher level of education that is not available in Albania. In additional, 4.8% (N=45) wanted to leave for political reasons and 2.7% (N=25) want more specialized health service. Only 1.9% (n=18) have selected “other” and it results that the most prevalent reason for leaving was lack of security for their life.
Specifically, 78.5% do not feel secure in Albania. Asked about the reason, they reported that this is related to the high number of criminals that are not punished.
An interviewee in Pogradec said: “I am agitated by the powerlessness to change this situation, it is absurd how some individuals are holding this country hostage”
This study aims to promote the recommendations for creating and modifying policies to prevent illegal migration, and to aid in the reintegration of returning migrants into society.
We would like to thank the President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, Sr. Imelda Poole MBE, (IBVM) for her trust, support and encouragement at all stages of this MWL led project.
During her speech at conference she said:
“Speaking about movement and mobility, change will come even in Albania, if we all work together against factors that affect Albanians to emigrate.
From my perspective of living in this country for 14 years, I am very conscious of the extreme poverty and the feelings of hopelessness prevalent amongst the people. There seems to be no connection between the need of the people and the services offered by the state.
I hope that all those who have any power to make change will respond to this revealed truth and listen to the voice of the people who are voting now with their feet and moving away from their homeland. ”
The conference is followed by national media that have also made chronicles on the study:
RENATE President Imelda Poole, Sr Maria Luisa Puglisi AASC, director of the Fundación Amaranta, and RENATE Communications Person, Anne Kelleher, were amongst approximately 200 delegates gathered at Fraterna Domus, in Sacrofino, near Rome to look concretely, pastorally and practically at the Church’s implementation of the POHT, favouring a deep appropriation and our working better in concert. It was a time of open and deep sharing and reflecting on how best to implement the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking document, produced by the Vatican 17 January 2019.
(POHT) The POHT is the fruit of consultation with international Catholic organizations, religious congregations and Bishops’ Conference from all regions of the world. The document was approved by the Holy Father and has been signed by the two Under-Secretaries of the Migrants & Refugees Section.
The Conference planners and sponsors, chaired by the Migrant and Refugees Section, included Caritas Internationalis, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the International Catholic Migration Commission, Talitha Kum, the Santa Marta Group, and the Apostolate of the Sea. Each of these organisations played significant roles throughout the three days of the conference.
In terms of process, seven thematic sessions corresponding with the major topics treated in the POHT, were considered over the three days. Each of the seven sessions was introduced by two speakers, 15-minuteseach, providing background to the topic and questions for the discussion of 60 minutes. The themes were as follows:
Everyone agreed that at the end of the three days, we gained a greater appreciation of the Church’s teaching and ministry in terms of strengths, weaknesses, policy options as well as enhanced coordination worldwide.
We also had a deeper appreciation for our understanding of ‘Church’ not as an institution but more so as a communion of souls together, working together to ensure the dignity of the human person and in honour of the Gospel.
It was a hugely valuable time of reflection and hard work, underpinned by mutual respect and appreciation for each other’s contributions. We had great possibilities to build and forge links and understandings, which will support us in our future work together towards the implementation of the POHT over time.
By 11 April, we had collectively devised 500+ recommendations, which will be further refined and condensed before taking them further in terms of implementation at local parish and community levels.
The highlight of the work was the Papal audience on 11 April, where Pope Francis not only affirmed us in our work but encouraged us to ‘’…persevere in the mission – often risky and anonymous, but precisely because of this , irrefutable proof of your selfless generosity.’’ view more.
Full report and recommendations will be available in the coming weeks.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
On February 6th, awareness raising activities were organized in 4 different areas of Albania.
The awareness sessions were held with young people in Elbasan, Tirana, and in rural areas like Dajc of Shkodra and Ndroq, Tirana.
The youth received information about trafficking of human beings and were introduced to the phenomenon of modern slavery. Social media is a constant influence in the lives of these young people. At such a young age, with so much interaction with social media, it can easily become a source for danger, exploitation, and online recruiting. Raising awareness of social media’s role in trafficking has been one of the most important priorities for our youth trainings. In total, 163 young people participated in these awareness-raising activities in February.