Amrat-(Asian movement Of women religious against human trafficking)

November 16, 2016 by  
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8th ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEET CUM CAPACITY BUILDING was held   at the Renewal Centre Kochi Kerala from 7th to 9th November 2016. This important event began with the prayer dance presented by the students of Joakim High school, Kochi. The dance led all the 75 participants into prayer imploring God’s choicest blessings. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries, Mar Jose Puthenvettil, Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulum Angamaly Archdiocese. Dr. Mrs. Lisy Jose. Member of Kerela Women’s Commission, Rev Fr.Thomas Therappadan the Director of Renewal Centre, Sr. Arpitha CMC, Sr. Sahaya FMM, the president of AMRAT and Rev Sr. Jyoti Pinto BS the foundress of AMRAT. His Excellency, Mar Jose, in his inaugural speech expressed his appreciation for the wonderful work of carried on by AMRAT and dwelt much on the issues of human trafficking. His message was very enriching and informative as he also suggested to introduce AMRAT to the CBCI and CRI of different dioceses and to keep a day of prayer for Anti- Human trafficking. The director of Renewal Centre, Rev Father ThomasT herrappan, in his talk   expressed his joy of having the Amrat Members at the Centre and encouraged the participants in their noble mission saying “Your strength and weapon  is  Jesus.” Dr. Mrs. Lizzy Jose in her keynote address   spoke on the strategies to be followed to fight against the crime committed to women and children. She also highlighted the importance of creating legal awareness and assured her wholehearted support to AMRAT. After which, Sr. Sahaya the president spoke in a nut shell growth of Amrat facing the different challenges that are encountered in this movement.  She also introduced the video prepared by sr. Rita Mascarenhas FMA on the birth of Amrat and the achievement of its members. It concluded with a moment of prayer in silence for Anti human trafficking.

This was followed by the talk given by Sr. Jyoti Pinto BS where she recalled the first inspiration received. She also exhorted the floor to work unitedly as the network against human trafficking, urging us to be merciful keeping the door of our merciful heart always open. Sr. Sahaya expressed words of appreciation to all the speakers and in a special way to Sr. Jyoti who is always a source of inspiration to AMRAT and to Sr. Rita Mascarenhas FMA, for the great contribution towards the growth of AMRAT especially in preparing many resource materials. The inaugural function concluded with the release of the book, “No more silence; countering sexual harassment and violence against women” by Sr. Tresa Paul SCSC. It was released by His excellence Mar Jose Puthenveetil, Auxilary BIshop of Ernakulam- Angamaly Archdiocese. Sr.Arpita CMC had the joy of sharing her mission, which is an innovative ministry known as “City based Evangelization”. She shared her experience challenging work for the oppressed people. Mr.Sreejith, the Inspector General of police, in his session enquired about the background and the knowledge of the participants on Human Trafficking to which the president Sr.Sahaya  Mary FMM responded on behalf of the participants, he also posed a few question on human trafficking. The session was very interactive and well presented with a power point presentation to help the participants for a better understanding. He specifically explained Section 370 of Indian penal code. He spoke about the three types of trafficking: Obvious, Deceptive and Migration. His expertise and vast experiences in the police force enlightened the participants. He also urged and challenged everyone to be accountable in helping the poor and the weaker section of the society.

Ms.Leeza began her talk by applauding the committed works done by sisters in various parts of India towards the cause of human trafficking. She addressed the group on the All Indian Network to end Human Trafficking (AINEHT). The following were the highlights of her talk;

AINEHT is a network of various organizations with a motto to unite and liberate. The vision of the AINEHT is to ensure the right of every human being to live with dignity. It believes that every person needs a life free from oppression and violence. AINEHT aims at ensuring effective networking of various organizations, advocate issues related to human trafficking at national and international level, sharing of resourcefulness, skill development of personnel involved in the work etc. She shared about the origin of AINEHT, its work in and through various members’ organizations, including AMRAT and invited the group to come together for a cause and to uphold the values of justice, equality, social plurality, life and liberty etc. She spoke at length on the 16 days of campaign from 25th of November to 10th December every year with a focus to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking. She concluded her talk by stressing that;


The Regional coordinators then presented their reports with its success and also challenges faced   by the members.

Sr. Jyothi Pinto BS the Foundress of AMRAT spoke to the assembly on AMRAT Network. Initially she briefed us on the beginnings of AMRAT. She quoted“…the world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships from among people who discover, they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.”  She said AMRAT Partnership is a network of relationships between the Congregations of  women Religious from the five countries of South Asia, united having common vision, common goals and values for a common action to end one of the contemporary forms of human slavery known as human trafficking. The purpose of AMRAT network is;

1. Collaboration among the partners
2. Learning from each other and building capacities of the members
3. Resource sharing
4. Enlarging the sphere of influence by joining the larger networks at regional and international level (Scaling up) It began as a movement and is a non-contractual partnership, there are no agreements binding on the members. She concluded her session saying it is the responsibility of the members to continue this movement to serve the cause.

Later Sr. Sahaya Mary FMM gave a gist of the Draft on Trafficking of person: – Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation Bill – 2016.

The election of the New Regional Coordinators:

West Bengal:   Sr. Olivia SMMI
Karnataka:     Sr. Lissy Rose SMI
Kerala:           Sr Philo Manimala AASC
Tamilnadu &; Andrapradesh: Sr. Rani Maria BS
North East:     Sr. Prema Chowallur SCC
Eastern:         Sr. Annie Jesus FMM
Maharashtra:  Sr. Sherly Joseph FMM
Northern:        Sr. Tresa Paul SCSC
Srilanka:         Sr. Nilanthi Ranasingha FMM

After this the important event of 2016 AGM took place. Sr. Sahaya FMM moderated the session for nominating the new team for AMRAT. She briefed the members about the responsibilities of the executive team, that they have to be the persons who can unite the members,  organizing annual meeting and plan for the finance, Vision and Mission of AMRAT, representing AMRAT at the National and International level.
The New nominated office bearers:

– Sr. Arpan Carvalho  BS  –  President,
Sr. Rita J. Mascarenhas – the former Secretary is the Vice president,
Sr. Dhanam SCSC – Secretary.
Sr. Cynthia Cardozo SCCG – Treasurer.
Members- Sr. Vimala Paul AC, Sr, Julia George OSU, Sr. Therese Meera RGS,
After the election the Members prayed for the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the New Executive Team of Amrat and for their good health in order to offer their best in the service of the vulnerable.

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