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RENATE at Katholikentag in Leipzig: "Give a Voice to the Poor and Oppressed"

 

On Wednesday, the 25th May 2016 in Leipzig, the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) inaugurated the 100th Katholikentag or Catholic Day. This popular festival brought together Catholics, as well as people of other religious traditions, in dialogue with political, cultural and business leaders.
More than 1000 exhibitions, performances and talks took place and more than 40.000 people participated, over the five days of the festival.
RENATE was present with an information stand and organized a public discussion, with a view to sharing information about the work of RENATE and awareness raising about human trafficking.
A comprehensive report from this event is available here: RENATE at Katholikentag in Leipzig_report by Sr. Andrea Tillmanns RGS
Please see also an interview with Sr. Andrea Tillmanns by Tobias Böcher, Journalist with Steyler Missionare.

New Scientific Work on Human Trafficking Released in Lithuania

 

Natalja Kurčinskaja, Director of the Missing Persons’ Families support centre, sends us good news!
In the absence of a rehabilitation centre for victims of human trafficking in Lithuania, a research report on human trafficking in Lithuania, has recommended that the first such centre be opened and administrated by the Missing Person’s Families Support Centre, at a new premises. 

In a study which was conducted from 02-03-2015 to 30-12-2015, this new scientific work considered the issues relevant to the National Human Trafficking Prevention and Control model in Lithuania. The study also considered the possibility of future models.
It explored the scope and main causes of the human trafficking phenomenon in Lithuania, in relation to the risk groups. The concept of victimhood was explored from the context of  statutory regulation applicable to both the European Union and Lithuania.
The study used a systematic approach to exploring the foundations of the National Human Trafficking Prevention and Control model, comprising three main systems – a separate and specialized program for human trafficking prevention and control; an operators system and a co-ordination system.
Specifically, the first system dealt with strategic executive oversight over objectives and tasks. The operators system offered an  oversight control system over various subjects dealing with human trafficking and the last system related to parliamentary oversight and recommendations for efficient legislation. It is beleived that the structure of this model justifies a full cooperation between national and municipal subjects.
Poverty, lack of education, social vulnerability and exclusion are powerful risk factors which often precondition victims to be lured into trafficking and later sold off. Added to this is the lack of information on victims and the lack of systems which facilitate the exchange of important information.
Summary conclusions and recommendations:

  1. Develop a new Human Trafficking Prevention and Control programme, in parallel with a Public Security Development Programme. Special emphasis be placed on the prevention of trafficking of children and minors.
  2. Amend legislative instrument ATPK 1821, to include new regulations covering prostitution and buyers of sex.
  3. Ensure continued research and studies relating to evolving methods of human trafficking and with a view to identifying new risk groups.
  4. In the absence of a rehabilitation centre for victims of human trafficking in Lithuania, it is recommended the first such centre be opened and administrated by the Missing Person’s Families Support Centre.

 
Source: Summary of “PREKYBA ŽMONĖMIS IR SISTEMINIS POŽIŪRIS KAIP PROBLEMOS SPRENDIMAS” by Dr. Igoris Bazylevas and Virgilijus Pajaujis, p.92.
Full study in Lithuanian language available here: PREKYBA ŽMONĖMIS IR SISTEMINIS POŽIŪRIS KAIP PROBLEMOS SPRENDIMAS An English version is proposed for a later date.
 
Information shared by Natalja Kurčinskaja, Director of the Missing persons’ families support centre
 
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person
 

UISG Newsletter, June 2016

 

The UISG Newsletter for June 2016 has just issued. Features include details of the UISG Plenary 2016: Supporting Global Sisterhood, an article entitled An Overview of the Future of Women Religious Life and an introduction to the new UISG Board 2016-2019, elected the 16th May 2016.
The Newsletter can be accessed at http://www.internationalunionsuperiorsgeneral.org/
 
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person

Report from ANDANTE GA: Sharing Life – Working Together – Building Strength

 

ANDANTE (European Alliance of Catholic Women’s Organisations) is an umbrella organisation supporting member organisations to be powerful and credible players defending women´s rights as human rights. Additionally, ANDANTE links Catholic women´s organisations with sources of knowledge and information and offers a platform for reflection and exchange.
Fifty five members from 19 organisations and 13 countries gathered at the Conference Centre High Leigh in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, UK to attend the ANDANTE General Assembly with the theme “Sharing Life – Working Together – Building Strength”. The focus was on the future of ANDANTE, its vision, challenges and possibilities.
The General Assembly consisted of two parts: (i) Study Days and (ii) Statutory Assembly, followed by a social event arranged for each evening.
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Full report available here: Report from ANDANTE General Assembly, 14-17 April 2016 by Sr. Stanka Oršolić, DSNG