World Reality

October 4, 2012

To open the day’s session on the world today, Fr. Francisco (one of the facilitators) gave a synthesis of the last two days, emphasizing the connectedness of the topics that were so far presented –  analysis of reality, knowledge of who I am, the commitment of the congregation and the challenges of the Church’s mission for the promoters of JPIC.


One of the pressing issues when looking into the world reality is human trafficking.  Sr. Margit Forsters, CMS (Camboni Missionary Sisters), who is now based in Germany, has been invited to share about the said issue.  She works in Berlin with a non-government organization SOLWODI (Solidarity with Women in Distress).

Through a documentary film, Sr. Margit, presented about the painful situation of women victims of trafficking, particularly African women from Nigeria, who were enticed to earn much in Europe only to find out later that they are to be forced into prostitution.

The film had a very strong impact on the group that led to a deep reflection.  Almost all countries, where the participants are coming from, have massive incidents of human trafficking.

As the participants were grouped according to continent, they were given an opportunity to share experiences and discuss the main causes of human trafficking and some possible solutions.

Photos of continental groups…

PANAM Group (North, Central and South America)





A Panel Discusses Other World Realities

A panel, composed of some seminar participants, shared about other serious issues that they are facing in their respective mission area.  Those who presented are from USA, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea and India.

The panel presenters…

The Immigrants in the United States

Bro. Brian McLauchlin, SVD and Sr. Rose Therese Nolta, SSpS (USA)

Bro. Brian and Sr. Rose Therese presented the situation of immigrants in the US.  Some reasons for migration are armed conflicts, development aggression and disasters.  Migrants also come to the US seeking for higher paying jobs, but many of them have illegal travel documents.

Prayer, education and advocacy are some major responses of groups working for the welfare of immigrants.

Powerpoint presentation on immigrants (click here)

The Indigenous Peoples in Paraguay

Sr. Angela Balbuena Talavera, SSpS (Paraguay)

Sr. Angela presented some statistics on the number of indigenous peoples all over the world.

While recent years have seen major global socio-political changes that led to the establishment of new legal norms and constitutional frameworks – national and international – in favor of Indigenous Peoples, still many are immersed in situations of exclusion, exploitation, assimilation and realities linked to the violation of their rights, particularly “territorial” right.

Powerpoint presentation on Indigenous Peoples (click here)

HIV / AIDS in Papua New Guinea

Sr. Arnolda Roslyn Kavanamur, SSpS (PNG)

Sr. Arnolda shared about the CHASI (Catholic HIV/AIDS Services Inc.) – a Church based organization responding to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.  The organization’s priorities are in the areas of prevention, treatment and system strengthening.

People come out openly for treatment.  The stigma may still exist but the issue is not anymore hidden

Powerpoint presentation on HIV/AIDS (click here)

Human Rights and Women

Sr. Julie George Kandathinkara, SSpS (India-South)

Sr. Julie, a lawyer, shared about human rights violations against women in India and some responses to protect them.

She emphasized that human rights is something all of us share; that every human being must uphold and respect one’s own as well as his/her fellow human beings’ rights.

When violations happen, the state has to intervene. But when the government does not do anything, people have the responsibility to act.

Some helps being given to women:  legal assistance for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.  Also giving assistance to  domestic helpers – lobby for their pension and inclusion in the bill for sexual abuse.

Text of presentation on Human Rights and Women (click here)

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