From April 10 to April 18th, 2016 two staff from the women & youth projects respectively Aferdita Gjoni and Sara Capaliku paid a visit in UK. The visit consisted of a presentation held in April 11, 2014 at the “Bar Convent in York” with Mary Ward friends in York.
The meeting’s theme was “A Mary Ward Woman in the Mission of Tackling Human Trafficking”. Twenty-two attendants were present at the meeting and the interest was quite high on the work that Mary Ward Loreto Foundation is doing in Albania through its projects and in coordination with its partners . Due to such a successful meeting some concrete steps were undertaken by the participants who indicated their willingness to establish a support group to address projects or initiatives that Mary Ward Loreto staff would consider were needed to support the work in relation to the financial needs and also alternative kinds of support.
The visit in York was followed up by the Annual Meeting of ANDANTE “The European Alliance of Catholic Women’s Organisations” in High Leigh. It was a four day conference which included strategic planning of ANDANTE. ANDANTE has participatory status as an international NGO at the Council of Europe and is a member of the Conference of International non-governmental organisations represented at the Council of Europe. Besides the study days work, ANDANTE celebrated the 10th Anniversary and the successes that they have been able to achieve in the past ten years. ANDANTE is lobbying about issues such as human trafficking, poverty but as well has a priority which is to strengthen women’s voice within the church. The two staff from Mary Ward Loreto projects lobbied hard on human trafficking issues as the modern day slavery. Among the priorities chosen to be addressed by ANDANTE during the coming year will be: 1. Trafficking / modern slavery; 2. Women in the Church; 3. Refugees / Migrants.
Prepared by: Aferdita Gjoni