2022 Assembly


Upcoming Webinar: “Who Pays for Christmas? – Considering the Human and Environmental Cost of Consumerism at Christmas – hosted by AEFJN


“Join us as we explore the human and environmental costs of consumerism during Christmas, and uncover actionable steps to ensure that our local efforts have a global impact, reaching communities in Africa and beyond.”

Our partners at Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN), Ireland, will host a seasonal Webinar next Wednesday 6th December at 19:00 Ireland time.

Brian O’Toole of AEFJN Ireland will moderate the event, and invite the following speakers to share their insights:

  • Aidan Ring, Communities Outreach Officer from Fairtrade Ireland will speak on the topic of ‘Fairtrade actions to make a difference’
  • Dr. Ciara Murphy, Environmental Policy Advocate at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, will speak about Laudate Deum, Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, and how it relates to us.
  • Sr. Annotollia Muzata, Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who lives and works in Zimbabwe in Africa, will speak on the subject of SDGS and the tribal leaders in Zimbabwe.

To attend, please register via this link and you will be admitted into the Webinar at its commencement on the 6th at 19:00 IST.

UN Women: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence


The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicked off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Every year, the UNITE Campaign focuses on a specific theme and this year’s is UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls.The campaign calls on citizens to show how much they care about ending violence against women and girls by sharing the actions they are taking to create a world free from violence towards women. This year’s campaign also calls on governments worldwide to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention.

You can read the concept note here:

Keep an eye on our RENATE social media sites to find out more about the #16Days Campaign and how you can get involved!

News from SHKEJ, Albania: Strengthening child protection structures at the local level in the rural areas of the Municipality of Tirana


A series of “study visit” meetings were recently held with 30 professionals from the Albanian child protection system in the Municipality of Tirana, to share the positive case management practices of children who require protection and empowerment services. These meetings highlighted some effective techniques, procedures, and ways of working for child protection workers, some of whom have years of experience working in the rural areas of the Municipality of Tirana.

These activities, carried out by SHKEJ, are a part of the ongoing project “Strengthening child protection structures at the local level in the rural areas of the Municipality of Tirana“, supported by the regional project “SMART Balkans – Civil Society for Common Values in the Balkans“, and implemented by Centar za promočnje členni društva (CPCD) in partnership with the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), the Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM), and financially supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA).

RENATE Awareness Raising in Schools Initiative: Awareness Raising event held in Ishull High School, Lezhe, Albania.


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Last month, 27 students of Ishull High School gathered to attend an awareness raising event against human trafficking, organised by RENATE member Aferdita Gjoni. Local social services for Child Protection were also invited to the meeting to inform students regarding the protocols they should follow should they identify possible victims of human trafficking. These mechanisms were not only useful to the youth in situations of potential human trafficking, but also to report any other unusual activities or problems. At first, the students thought that human trafficking is a phenomena that doesn’t affect them, but when concrete stories of cases were shared with them, they changed their opinions. Special focus was made on the indicators of how to identify a potential human trafficking case, where to report it, and the mechanisms existing to support such cases.

Our heartiest congratulations and thanks to all who participated in this event, and to RENATE member Aferdita Gjoni for facilitating!

RENATE Awareness Raising in Schools Initiative: Awareness Raising event held in Medical High school, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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On the 20th October 2023, friends of RENATE Marina Pregernik and Ana Martinoviće held an educational workshop in two third grade classes of the Secondary Medical School, Sarajevo. Workshops were held for each class separately with a duration of 45 minutes. The educational workshops were interactive, with a short video at the beginning and a questionnaire that tried to examine the students’ current awareness of the topic of human trafficking. The students showed enviable knowledge and information about the mentioned topic already at the beginning. Through the workshop, an effort was made to deepen knowledge about the same and to make students aware that they should be careful when making new acquaintances or competing for certain jobs. The students took the topic of human trafficking very seriously and participated very actively in the implementation of the educational workshop. After the presentation, the students had to answer the questions of the test, which they did very successfully. The practical activity, started towards the end of the school hour, involved a recognition game based on the text the students received. The text would describe the situation of a certain person, on the basis of which the students should assess whether the person from the text is a victim of human trafficking or not. The students successfully completed the mentioned task and argued their answers very seriously and in accordance with what they learned through the educational workshop.

Our congratulations to all involved and our gratitude to Marina and Ana for their continued support with this project!

CARITAS Ukraine continues its preventative work against Human Trafficking in several Ukrainian regions


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Dear RENATE members!

Caritas Ukraine continues its preventive activities with focus on children and youth. Recently, Caritas undertook activities in schools, vocational schools and youth spaces, but also sometimes in shelters or basements when there is an air alarm in operation. These activities included trainings in the regions of Chernivtsi and Izmail on the risks of human trafficking, preventative work with teenagers in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk region, and trainings in the shelters in Odessa.

Below, you will also find a newly recorded video from Odessa region about children’s understanding of human trafficking! It is in the Ukrainian language, but it is excellent!

Best regards from Ukraine!


Challenges and Best Practices in Human Trafficking Policy, Legislation, Investigation, and Victim Support Services for male victims


The Fondation Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant are hosting a new Webinar on Human Trafficking, part of a series hosted in light of the “Laudato Si” and of the “Fratelli Tutti” encyclicals.

This session will highlight challenges in human trafficking policy, legislation, investigation, and victim support services for male victims

How to watch:

1. To view this webinar, use your custom link:

2. You’ll be able to enter the webinar up to 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

3. System Requirements:
Please do a system requirements check here

Livestream premiere on Friday 17 November 2023, at 16:00 (UK), ahead of COP 28- dialogue with indigenous leaders, an Inter-Faith Rainforest initiative organised by the Parliament of World’s Religions.


At the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions, The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative brought Indigenous leaders from the Amazon across the world to share an urgent plea to protect the Amazon Rainforest.

This assembly featured keynotes from some of the most prominent Indigenous leaders of the Amazon sharing the urgent call to protect the forest and the traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples, as well as highlighting the vital role of multilateral interfaith action to support the critical and often dangerous work of the leaders of the Amazon.

For the first time, we are releasing this incredible event online for you to watch! As we prepare for COP28, the UN Climate Change conference taking place this December, we hope this plea reaches all of those gathered in Dubai who hold the fate of our planet in their hands. We urge our global leaders to hear this call to action and take concrete steps to protect the Amazon and its guardians.

Join via any of the following:

An Urgent Call to Protect the Amazon: IRI Dialogue with Indigenous Leaders | Facebook

(11) An Urgent Call to Protect the Amazon: IRI Dialogue with Indigenous Leaders – YouTube

*The Parliament of the World’s Religions is a founding partner of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI), a United Nations Environment Programme-convened alliance that is bringing moral urgency and faith-based leadership to global efforts to halt and reverse tropical deforestation and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

Launch of Ireland’s third national action plan to combat human trafficking


Ireland’s third national action plan to combat human trafficking has been launched by Justice Minister, Helen McEntee.

“The 40-page plan sets out a number of actions across government departments to work towards ending human trafficking in the State, including the establishment of a new national referral mechanism (NRM) to make it easier for victims to come forward, be identified and access support. “ – Irish Legal News

Read more and access the report here.