The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat organized a workshop to discuss the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) from 4-9 April at the Curia in Rome. One aim of the workshop was to bring together the leaders of the five advocacy networks: Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources (GNMR), Right to Education, Migration, Ecology and Peace & Human Rights. The second aim is to understand the GIAN project really well, which is a two-year training programme in international advocacy and networking that we have set up in order to create a firm basis for all networks.
The five leaders shared with each other what had happened in their networks during the last year and took stock of their activities, focus areas, responses received and the strengths and weaknesses of the networks.
Three resource persons joined the workshop: Julian Filochowski, from the United Kingdom, with a long experience as director of CAFOD, who is at present a close collaborator of Jesuit Missions in London; Christina Kheng, from Singapore, who has collaborated with the Asia-Pacific Conference in the mapping of the social sector, and Martina Liebsch, Policy Officer of Caritas Internationalis. They helped the leaders to understand the importance and potential of international advocacy networks.
The group also prepared a tentative agenda for the General Workshop that will be held in Loyola, Spain, from 18-23 June. This workshop will bring together the five leaders and 19 members of the core groups of each network.
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