Spanner in the Works Theatre Company celebrates 20 years of creativity with the return of the internationally acclaimed play, DIABLO, in a new extended version.
Diablo is a play about human trafficking in Northern Ireland. Set in Belfast, the action plays out in an ordinary house, in an ordinary street – it could be your street; it could be next door. Be a fly on the wall as Helena from Poland, Olya from the Ukraine and locals Alannah and Cain fight for survival under the tyranny of Spaniard Reuben.
Martin Luther King Jr said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it”.
Human trafficking and labour exploitation are some of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world because there is relatively little risk with high profit potential. Criminal organisations are increasingly attracted to human trafficking because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly.
Contains strong language and scenes that some might find upsetting, including scenes of sexual violence. Suitable for 16+
Venue: Eine Welt Haus
Date: Wed 19th Sept 2018
Time: 20:00/ 8 pm
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
‘’Everyone had their sleeves rolled up and quickly got into the details. It was unique to bring together these different expert perspectives from tech companies, civil society groups, and law enforcement from across the world. Those three days revealed real opportunities to make an impact and a strong willingness to collaborate to make it happen. We had to find a way to keep this going.’’ Thus said Eric Anderson, head of the Modern Slavery Programme at BT, following the establishment of a coalition of global technology companies, civil society organizations, and the UN having come together to launch “Tech Against Trafficking,” a collaborative effort to further support the eradication of forced labour and human trafficking.
Founding members BT, Microsoft, and Nokia have been advancing the dialogue sparked at a Wilton Park event in June 2017 on “The Role of Digital Technology in Tackling Modern Slavery” to formally explore how technology could be better utilized in finding solutions to stop human trafficking and modern slavery.
To read the full story by Peter Nestor, Dunstan Allison-Hope, and Hannah Darnton on BSR: https://www.bsr.org/en/our-insights/blog-view/announcing-a-new-collaboration-using-tech-to-combat-human-trafficking
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
The participants were welcomed by Ms. Myria Vassiladou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, who introduced the content of the meeting and the guest speakers. The introduction was followed by Ms. Valeria Galanti who gave an update on the legal framework and implementation of EU Policy towards building coordination and coherence with EU Agencies.
Ms. Joëlle Milquet, the Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission for compensation for victims of crime, including victims of trafficking in human beings, lead a session on the topic of compensation: which included access to compensation, cross-border access to compensation and encouraging the use of criminal proceeds to compensate victims of THB access to compensation.
Ms. Mara Marinaki, Principal Adviser on Gender and on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325/WPS, European External Action Services and Fabienne van den Eede, Deputy Head of Unit DG DEVCO, joined the panel as well.
Civil Societies from countries in Europe were brought together and invited to have a voice in relation to this issue at three parallel workshops during the second day. The MWL and RENATE representative attended workshop 3.
Workshop 1, Priority A: Stepping up the fight against organised criminal networks by whatever means including disrupting the business model and untangling the trafficking chain.
– Conceptualising the EU-wide awareness-raising campaign on trafficking in human beings, targeting users, consumers, and vulnerable groups and high-risk sectors.
Workshop 2, Priority B: Provide better access to and realise the rights for victims of trafficking.
– Focus on access to compensation and referral mechanisms at national and transnational level to realize the rights of victims.
Workshop 3, Priority C: Intensify a coordinated and consolidated response, both within and outside the EU.
– Focus on enhanced joint efforts to address the root causes of vulnerabilities and the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative – eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.
Around 100 representatives from civil societies from all over Europe attended this event, meantime new members were welcomed this year. An organized dinner took place with the participants, where it was good to socialize and be more familiar with their work and contributions in their own countries. The EU Civil Society Platform against THB also provided a good opportunity for networking as well.
Prepared by: Irena Kraja
ANDANTE STUDY DAYS STRASBOURG – APRIL 2018. Marie Helene Halligon, olcgs, RENATE Core Group member.
Fifty nine women from 13 countries in Europe gathered in the “Centre Culturel St Thomas” from the 20 – 24 April, to pray, link and work together as representatives of our European Organizations on the topic:
MIGRATION IN AND TO EUROPE FROM A WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE.
“Coming to an international gathering like the Andante Study Days, one of the great benefits is meeting women from all parts of Europe and of different backgrounds. Our hope is that you will make new friends, renew old friendships, and form networks that will inspire you personally as well as the organization that you represent.” (ANDANTE Letter – March 2018)
Please click the link below to read full report: ANDANTE STUDY DAYS STRASBOURG – APRIL 2018.
RENATE member Natalja Kurčinskaja sends us news of events planned by the Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre, Vilnius, in honour of all the children recorded as Missing in Lithuania.
Beginning on 24 May with a roll-call preceding the Plenary session in the Republic of Lithuania Parliament, the Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre will hold a series of public awareness-raising events at the specially commissioned sculpture for Missing Children in the square of the Lithuanian Children and Youth Centre at Konstitucijos pr. 25, Vilnius. The day’s events will conclude with creative sessions for children and a musical programme at the Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre in Vilnius.
Every year, the number of missing children increases, with many children recorded as being trafficked. The Lithuanian official records in 2014/2015 indicate 1,448 missing children but it is believed that number is much higher, unofficially.
For more. please click the link below:
Missing Persons Families Support Centre marks 25 May 2018 International Missing Childrens Day
On 14 March, 2018, the Missing Persons’ Families’ Support Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, launched its Amber Alert- Facebook in Lithuania as part of a joint campaign entitled ‘’For a Safe Lithuania.’’ The President of Lithuania, Ms. Dalia Grybauskaitė, participated in the launch which took place at the Presidential Palace’s Centre for Civil Education. Ms. Anne Hall, U.S ambassador to Lithuania attended, as did representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Police Department.
AMBER Alert is a Facebook-related system that enables law enforcement to send a message containing a recent photo and information about a missing child to all users located within a radius of 200 km from the location where the child was last seen.
Lithuania is the first country in the Nordic region to have such a system.
Please see below a series of documents containing further information about the event.
On 13 March Ms. Natalja Kurcinskaja, Director Missing Person’s Families Support Centre was awarded the Courageous woman award for dedication to the subject of missing children from the U.S ambassador to Lithuania.
Pagarbiai/ Yours faithfully
Projekto vadovė/Project manager
Dingusių žmonių šeimų paramos centras/ Missing persons’ families support centre
Žaliųjų ežerų g.85,
LT – 08403, Vilnius
Tel/Fax: 8 (5) 248 33 73
Mob: +370 692 99 570
Dingo vaikas? Skambink 116 000. Visoje ES veikiantis NEMOKAMAS pagalbos telefonas, skirtas dingusių vaikų artimiesiems. www.116000.lt
Missing child? Call 116 000. Free helpline for missing children relatives in all Europe. www. 116000.lt
Missing Persons Families Support Centre Programme for launch of Amber alert Fb Stystem in Lithuania
This year’s campaign was special for several reasons, including the fact that parishes from all over Slovakia joined in the campaign. Whether accompanied by Taizé songs, within the Holy mass or Adoration, Caritas Slovakia commemorated and prayed for victims of trafficking- Caritas Slovakia’s clients and people enslaved all over the world.
Amongst the events was the screening of a short film, ‘’IVAN,’’ a former client of Caritas Slovakia whose testimony was recorded two months before he died, on the eve of the feast of St. Bakhita, 2016. It is the 3rd last item in the link below.
More at: https://mailchi.mp/a3e7eaa62370/ij20mjd2lz-1348761?e=023ec10070
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.
The annual RENATE campaign in honour of St. Bakhita is under way and we invite members to share their plans for events due to take place to mark the occasion. News of events will be shared amongst the network, via the RENATE website. Please forward to email@example.com
St. Bakhita in the spotlight at TV2000, Rome.
RENATE member, Sr. Tina Ventimiglia, shares with us her participation in an interview panel hosted by TV2000, Rome, discussing Human Trafficking and contemporary society.
Full programme at:
Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
Event in Albania, 8 February, 2018- In honour of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, feast of St. Bakhita.
This year the theme for Bakhita Day: ‘’Say YES to Freedom and No to slavery: Migration without Trafficking’’, attracted many people to come and be present at the cathedral of St Paul in the heart of Tirana, Albania. This theme concerns all of us in every corner of the world. Here in Albania we have refugee camps and the country struggles to bring real justice to the many people coming through our borders. Thousands of Albanians are now refugees all over Europe and some caught up in the nightmare of human trafficking. This day helped us to focus on the details and the suffering, asking for pardon as we own our participation in such a global crime. The evening event was led by the Albanian network against human trafficking called URAT.
Both the Archbishop of Tirana, George Frendo OP and the Government Minster against Human Trafficking, Rovena Voda, spoke movingly and with passion during this service, highlighting the many issues related to Human Trafficking and reflecting the stories which lead to such trauma. All members of the network participated in the evening event and bought with them many members of their organisations who are part of this ongoing effort to eliminate the world of human trafficking. The evening worship consisted of a shortened form of that compiled by Talitha Kum in Rome. It included the wearing of wrist bands distributed during the evening declaring our involvement ‘’Yes to Freedom and No to slavery’’, a film made locally on Safe Migration by MWL and two Power Points. One of these PP’s expressed the horror of the plight of refugees all over the world and the other, which was addressed by students from the Company of Mary School called ‘’Ylber’’, illustrated the many pieces of art work produced by the students as an anti-trafficking awareness raising campaign in the school. All the prayers and readings illustrated the plight of the trafficked and the need for all people to take action against such a crime and we were called to be in union with Pope Francis who is leading us in this action.
APT Ireland (Act to Prevent Trafficking) have planned an Inter-Church service, to take place at St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay in Dublin, on the evening of the 8 February. The theme will be ‘’Set my People Free,’’ with imagery of paper chains playing a central part of the evening.
The interactive service comprises reflections on Readings; Prayers and personal sharing. A brief drama will feature as part of the service and a guest speaker from RUHAMA will address those present.
The programme for the evening has been jointly prepared by APT and RENATE members with members of other organisations who share the same ministry in awareness-raising, advocacy, working against human trafficking and supporting survivors as they rebuild their lives.
See poster attached. APT Flier 2018
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
The RENATE Film Called to Give Voice to the Voiceless will be screened in St. Michael’s church in the city centre, as part of the plans to mark the 8th of February, feast-day of St. Bakhita and the International day of awareness and Prayer against Human Trafficking. RENATE member, Sr. Magdalena Eichinger, SSpS, sends us news of SOLWODI Austria’s plans in Vienna, in honour of the occasion.
Sr. Anna from SOLWODI, has prepared a prayer service which will take place at St. Michael’s church. Before the service, Sr. Anna, Sr. Magdalena and their colleagues will distribute information flyers in the streets and invite people to join the service and/or access more information which will be available in the foyer of the church.
The service will conclude with a screening of the RENATE film Called to give Voice to the Voiceless.
After the service, there will be a meeting of those attending, largely members from the different organisations involved in this ministry, with an opportunity to network and share experiences, whilst enjoying some refreshments.
8 February 2018 Poster SOLWODI Austria.
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
Event to mark the feast of St. Bakhita, 2018, in Bratislava, Slovakia.
RENATE member Andrea Bezákovà, sends us news of plans to mark St. Bakhita’s feast day, 8 February 2018, as CHARITA Slovakia hold a Prayer Service at 19.30 in Bratislava, with music from the Taizé tradition performed by the Salvatoris Choir.
‘’Prayer leads to a deeper knowledge of the other, to knowledge that does not judge, but understands and is capable of suffering with others.’’ Anselm Grün, Benedictine monk.
For more: http://infomail.nawebe.net/files/uploads/plagat_2018.pdf
In preparation for events to honour the feast of St. Bakhita, we invite you to participate in the annual RENATE Campaign to mark the International day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking and to share with us your plans and/or any event that you participated in or attended. .
A variety of events present themselves, ranging from; holding a Prayer Service; using the RENATE video ‘Called to Give Voice to the Voiceless;’ attendance at a Liturgy; giving a talk to a community; holding an awareness-raising event; keeping a Prayerful vigil and much more.
Please find a link to Talitha Kum, for suggestions and information on the feast day http://preghieracontrotratta.org/?lang=en
Also available from the USCSAHT (U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking), is their annual Calendar of Prayer, prepared by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, in the United States of America.
“Prayer and reflection vigil against Trafficking”
Theme 2018: Trafficking and migration
Commemoration of Saint Bakhita
UISG has released its resources for The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking 2018 which will be celebrated on 8 February. The theme is ‘Migration without trafficking’.
Access the resources in multiple languages here
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
Please click here to download: Advent Reflection Guide from the MaryKnoll Office for Global Concerns.