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.

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15 
Mar

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery- Publication by Mike Emberson, former CEO of the Medaille Trust.

 

In an exciting new venture The Medaille Trust has partnered with Redemptorist Publishing to produce a book entitled Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery: Introducing the issue and Recognising the Signs,written by Mike Emberson. (ISBN:9780852314852).

The book describes the horror of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Each year, thousands of victims are brought into the country to be exploited in brothels, on farms and in private homes. This worldwide trade is estimated to enslave millions of people and earn, the perpetrators of the crime, billions of pounds. This book details the part the UK plays in this vile trade. Illustrated by real-life case studies and informed by the authors’ many years of work in this field, the shocking details of this human rights abuse are laid bare.

It is hoped that the reader will gain many benefits from a study of the book, but especially the following:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the problem and issues surrounding Human Trafficking.
  • Know what is being done to counter Human Trafficking.
  • Know what they can do to assist in the work to combat Human Trafficking..

About the authors:

Mike Emberson has been involved in anti-trafficking work since 2003 and is the previous CEO of the Medaille Trust.

*The book is dedicated to all those victims of human trafficking and modern slavery who remain to be rescued, to Sister Ann Teresa of the Order of St Joseph of Annecy (our founder) and to the staff of the Medaille Trust.

Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

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Published Date: 15th March 2019
Category: Last Media News, Mary Ward Loreto Partnerships, Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE)


 

15 
Mar

WOMEN CAN – Reflections on launch of publication in Albania, on the occasion of International Women’s Day 8th of March.

 

Two RENATE members were presented with certificates of leadership excellence from the Center for Public Impact, powered by the McCain Institute and Arizona University, for their demonstrated Character Driven Leadership.

The certificates were awarded on the International Day of Women, when Ms Edlira Gjoni launched her movement “Women Can-Vajzat për Shqipërinë” and book of the same title, promoting values and character driven leadership of women in Albania.

The author, Edlira Gjoni was a fellow at the McCain Institute on International Leadership from 2017-2018 for the Next Generation Leaders program. Her experience in the USA prompted her to initiate the movement Women Can.“Today in Albania, there is energy for a new shared leadership structure with women emerging in more visible roles and to be proud and empowered female leaders,” Gjoni said.

Gjoni captures interesting aspects of the Albanian women and their roles as character driven leaders. She has selected 51 women and leadership traits to portray 51% of the Albanian population who are female. Her book “Women can” introduces us to the Albanian female leaders who serve as role models and inspire us to continue making a difference.

The women portrayed in the book are not public figures, and in her opening remarks presenting the book, Gjoni explained that this was a purposeful decision “to give space, recognition, and gratitude to all these women who serve and make us proud and often are not recognized for their efforts.”

In the book, which brings a new perspective to portraying women in Albania, Sister Elda Nikolli represents the value of being Pro-Active and Youth-Savvy; Ana Stakaj represents the trait of Leading by Example.

 

 

 

 

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Published Date: 15th March 2019
Category: Last Media News, Mary Ward Loreto Women Project


 

15 
Mar

RENATE Member addresses CSW63 at the UN, New York, 12 March 2019 – Social Protection Systems and Access to Public Services in the Fight against Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

Drawing upon more than eight years of experience working as a psychologist with Albania’s most vulnerable communities, Sabjola Bregu ably communicated the necessity for government and society to place health professionals centre-stage in the areas of prevention and support when addressing the harsh realities of Human Trafficking and Exploitation.

Sabjola worked with cases with complex traumas, domestic violence, victims of trafficking, women at risk of being trafficked and exploited, children in street situations and with families from marginalized communities in Albania. She has extensive experience on advocacy and support services at the community centre “Little Angels” SHKEJ, Albania.  All the while, her work is focused on supporting Albanians girls and women whose lives are affected by, or at risk of being affected by prostitution in the UK.

Through a series of PowerPoint slides, Sabjola spoke about the centrality of healthcare professionals to the identification, treatment and rehabilitation of survivors of Human Trafficking and Exploitation. Sabjola made a powerful testimony to the value that social protect affords through a functioning and community-based healthcare system in combatting slavery.

Luke de Pulford, Director of the ARISE Foundation ( www.arise.foundation ) which sponsored Sabjola’s presence at this year’s CSW, stated ‘’ARISE exists to support frontline work and amplify their voices. It was a privilege therefore to be able to bring Sabjola and another colleague, Sr Sherly,  to the U.N. who both spoke with great clarity about the imperative of healthcare and education to prevent exploitation. The U.N. needs to hear from more voices like these – people who have their sleeves rolled up and are providing help where it is most needed. Our huge gratitude goes to Women at the Well (https://wata.org.uk) for releasing Sabjola from her crucial work with Albanian women in the U.K. to attend.”

To view the video clips of the speeches: https://www.arise.foundation/news/arise-brings-frontline-voices-to-the-un

Please find Sabjola’s address and PowerPoint slides.

Sabiola now works in the UK under the umbrella organisations of St Mary’s Twickenham College, Women at the Well and The Medaille Trust.

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

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Published Date: 15th March 2019
Category: Last Media News, Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE)


 

08 
Mar

International Women’s Day – Women of Courage Award – Congratulations!

 

US first lady Melania Trump and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo present the 2019 International Women of Courage award to Sr Orla Treacy during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC.

‘An Irish nun who works in South Sudan was presented with an award for her work by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and US first lady Melania Trump on Thursday.

Sr Orla Treacy (46) from Bray, Co Wicklow, was one of 10 women given the International Women of Courage Award at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

Sr Orla was nominated for the prize by the US embassy to the Holy See. The award, in its 13th year, recognises women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership “often at great personal risk and sacrifice”.

In 2006, she travelled to Sudan with four other Loreto nuns to set up a new mission in the country. Today, she serves as the head administrator of the Loreto Rumbek Mission in Maker Kuei, overseeing a boarding secondary school for girls, a co-educational primary school, and a women and child-centric primary healthcare facility.

In an interview with The Irish Times last year, she described the challenges she and her students face in a country riven by civil war.

“We have been threatened at gunpoint, we have been insulted, all number of problems because she is a woman and should be sacrificed for the sake of the greater good. Technically it’s a boarding school but I call it a women’s refuge because you’re constantly trying to protect these girls from forced marriage. I work with people who live very much on the margins: life and death, hunger and despair. Every day they live on the edge. And yet in that you can still glimpse love and hope every day.”

 

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Published Date: 8th March 2019
Category: Last Media News


 

08 
Mar

Mary Ward Loreto joined the Civil Society March for Girls and Women’s Rights in Albania on International Women’s Day- 8 March, 2019.

 

 

Approximately every 7 days a woman has been killed in the first months of 2019.

8th March this year does not only exist for the woman celebrating it.  In Albania, since January 1st, 8 women and girls have been killed.

8th March, must restate the missing narrative about women’s rights, labor rights and equality of opportunity, not just talk about the right to life.

The 8th of March needs to remind society that concrete social and institutional initiatives need to be made to educate boys and girls, not just talk about the right to life but also to prevent teenage marriage, domestic violence, equal opportunities for women in every sphere of life.

All civil society today protested. It was a black day! Black for institutional silence. Black for the silence of society in the face of injustice to women and girls in every loop of this patriarchal reality. We refuse to be the next victims!

Enough that so many women have been killed!

Dressed in black, men and women, we seek justice for the victims!

We seek a fair system that protects every woman and girl in Albania!

We ask every woman to have a voice!

#WithYou

 

 

 

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Published Date: 8th March 2019
Category: Last Media News