6 May 2022
UISG Plenary Assembly 2022 - Talitha Kum's presentation by Sr. Gabriella Bottani, smc
Day 4: with the theme "RADICAL WELCOME: JOURNEYING AT THE PERIPHERIES" Sr. Gabriella Bottani, smc presented Talitha Kum's mision, vision, goals and the work done in the last three years, and the Talitha Kum's Call to Action journey to the Superiors General at the Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General 2022.
Please find below part of the presentation by Sr. Gabriella Bottani, smc International Coordinator of Talitha Kum:
Dear Superiors general,
We meet again after three very special years. In 2019, the tenth anniversary of the creation of Talitha Kum International at the UISG has been an important milestone for Talitha Kum. Over the past three years, anti-trafficking efforts have grown thanks to the creation of new networks, increased collaboration, and the care for people through healing and empowering processes. More lay staff, sharing our vision and mission, joined us.
We suffered from the pandemic, which – together with the environmental crisis – accentuated other crises: food insecurity, political instability, and the real economic crisis with consequent growth in unemployment, particularly among women. Those who most paid the price are the groups suffering from multiple discrimination, especially women, children, and people in regions impoverished by exploitation. Let us not forget that the rise in female unemployment rates is directly related to the increase in human trafficking and prostitution. The pandemic has introduced new modus operandi of traffickers, which challenge the models we have built since the 1990s. Yet this period has also united us more and made us grow in solidarity and in considering the value of care.
We are going through a time of crisis. This is a vulnerable time, a precious moment that requires us to live in constant conversion, which is about change and daring new paths.
IN THE WORLD
Talitha Kum Networks are active in the 5 continents coordinating the anti-trafficking efforts of 50 inter-congregational networks organized at the national-local level and 10 networks that include the joint coordination of several countries at the regional level.
* According to the information of the 2021 Talitha Kum Census
“When spider webs unite,
they can tie up a lion”