An old Crime in new Forms
Andante Study Days, 3rd-8th May 2017, Durres, Albania
Modern Slavery is an old crime increasingly occurring in new forms in all countries of Europe in the 21st century. Trafficking for exploitation is found in forced prostitution, and in agricultural, construction, industrial and supply industries as well as in domestic work. So learned delegates of Andante, the European Alliance of Catholic Women's Organisations, at study days on this subject held in Durres Albania in May 2017.
“It is very important that also Catholic women in Europe fight against this crime which is devastating the lives of so many women, children and men", said Mary McHugh and Vroni Peterhans, presidents of Andante.
To read the whole statement, click here…
Notes from the Study Days, 14th – 16th April 2016.
In the original languages, please find here the speeches of the study-days in Heigh Leigh - April 2016:
* The opening talk of the Study days was given by dr. Julie Clague of the University of Glasgow. She spoke on ‘Women, Church and Change’. Here is the text of Julie Clague's talk; and here are the slides: nrs. 1-2-3 , nrs. 4-5-6 ; nrs. 7-8 ; nrs. 9-10 ; nrs. 11-12 ; nrs. 13-14 ; nrs. 15-16.
* On Saturday morning, the study days concluded with a talk by dr. Simone Curau, a member of the Catholic People’s Party in Switzerland, and a member of the Swiss federal women’s commission: Dare to Go!! Here is the text of Simone Cureau.
Central of the General Assembly (April 16-17th 2016, at High Leigh – Hoddesdon, UK) was the work on and acceptance of the strategic plan.
The 50 delegates from 19 of the 23 member organizations and the CoCoA took also several other decisions:
* Priorities for the years 2016-2019 are:
- trafficking / modern slavery
- women in church
There are already plans for a summer school on trafficking – more news will follow.
* Membership fees remain unchanged overall, but a lower rate was accepted for small organisations. Organisations with 100 members or less will pay €50 per year from 2017.
* Sybille Bader Biland will succeed Marie-Louise van Wijk-van de Ven as the delegate of Andante at the Council of Europe. Both Marie-Louise and Sybille will be attending the Council of Europe meeting in June.
* In the new CoCoA are elected Mary McHugh (United Kingdom), Vroni Peterhans-Suter (Switzerland), Inese Augskalne (Latvia), Gisela Hoeve (Netherlands) and the candidates nominated Joanne Seldenrath (Netherlands) and Sabine Slawik (Germany).
After the election the CoCoA choose the chair of Andante from their midst. They decided to make this two part time jobs – as a real feminine way to deal with leadership. Mary McHugh will be the chair for external affairs, Vroni Peterhans will be the chair for internal affairs.
Inese, Sabine, Mary, Vroni, Gisela, Joanne
10 years of walking together. We look back in gratitude.
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At the General Assembly delegates were informed of the recent request from the Chair of the Conference of International NGOs at the Council of Europe, that all INGOs with participatory status ( that includes Andante) send their official statements, on the question of ' international policy related to refugees'. There was a short deadline for this, as the Standing Committee meeting was due to be on April 25th.
Based on the comments and suggestions of the delegates at the GA the new CoCoA produced on Sunday 17th of April the statement here below. It was then sent directly to the appropriate department at the Council of Europe.
The Statement ...
The 2nd of May we are setting off on our pilgrimage - 5 women and one man.
We will be walking a distance of 1.000 kilometers on foot.
For a church with women.
For equality among men and women in faith and action.
Andante Summer School, August 2015 in Vienna: Why bioethics? - Bioethical issues facing people today
Fifty-five women from fourteen different countries, among them sixteen women from central and eastern Europe, gathered to learn about and consider one of the most challenging issues of our time: how to make good ethical decisions about medical and technological interventions in matters of life and death, and the shaping of human life and human persons. This is bioethics. Read more...