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2022 Assembly

 

Sister Anna Bałchan awarded 2023 Woman of Courage Award by UNANIMA International

 

For many years now, UNANIMA International has presented an annual “Woman of Courage Award,” which honors Women from around the World who have exhibited exceptional courage and leadership to make a difference in their communities. Each year nominations are submitted by our member congregations, and a vote is held by UNANIMA International’s Board of Directors.

We are excited to announce that our 2023 award will go to Sister Anna Bałchan SMI, from the Congregation of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Poland. She is a theologian, therapist, and social activist.  Sr Anna is a member of the Interdisciplinary Team for Counteracting Trafficking in Human Beings at the Ministry of Interior and Administration; the Provincial Team for Counteracting Trafficking in Human Beings (Silesian Province); the Interdisciplinary Team for Counteracting Violence in the Family; the All-Poland Network of NGOs against Trafficking in Human Beings; and a Board Member of the “Bakhita” Network. She has over 19 years’ experience working with victims of human trafficking, including working on the streets to help the homeless, addicts and sex workers. 

Sr Anna is one of the founders of the Association and Care Centre which helps victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. The Center assures social and material help for those under its care, helping them recover their balance—both psychological and spiritual—and regain the sense of self-respect and dignity. It provides twenty-four-hour care, including therapeutic activities, and gives those in need the opportunity to enter a support group.