A key mission of the Religious Sisters of Charity is to combat human trafficking. Recently, Sr Eilís Coe and Sr Justina Nelson attended International Union of Superiors General (UISG) training in Rome to discuss best practice of how to raise awareness.
The training took place over a span of five days and involved 26 Sisters from a variety of religious orders, mainly from South America and Africa. Notably, while only one sister was invited from the other orders, both Sr Eilís and Sr Justina were invited to represent the Religious Sisters of Charity.
Commenting, Sr Eilís Coe said that “the training was excellent and I was very glad I got the opportunity to be part of it. My understanding of advocacy was expanded and it was great to work on a variety of projects, from concept to conclusion.”
“My group worked on a project brought by a Sister from Malawi, which consisted of training a group of Sisters to teach organic farming to groups of people as a pilot programme. We planned the project in detail , drafted a timeline and also defined how best to monitor and critically evaluate the project’s progress. The training facilitators guided us all along the way and we presented the project to the wider group at the end of the week.”
During the week, the Sisters also discussed different methods of raising awareness, from drama to posters and art installations. Sr Eilís and Sr Justina will now bring the knowledge gained from this week to inform their respective work in anti-human trafficking.