EUROPE/ITALY - Migrant and refugee women: they are resources for communities

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 women   human promotion   missionary institutes  

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - Eighty women dreamed of a better future and were given the opportunity to make it happen. Many are the migrants, refugees and victims of trafficking in conditions of semi-autonomy who have been guests in recent years of the Chaire Gynai, a project carried out in Rome by the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters in coordination with various ecclesial and civil institutions and religious congregations (see Fides 1/10/2018; 4/6/2019).
Since 2018, the Scalabrinian Sisters have created a network that allows people to have a personalized integration program. "The projects are all different and depend on each woman", explains in a note sent to Fides, psychologist Raffaella Bencivenga who coordinates the educational path with Sister Maria del Rosario Bolaños, director of Chaire Gynai -. The accompaniment and guidance of women is fundamental. Many of them have thus obtained permanent contracts, have become self-employed, have strengthened their identity and their families". "At a time when the world is shaken by global tragedies, the experience of Chaire Gynai shows that migrant and refugee women are a great resource for the community, because with their courage, they undertake paths to rebuild their lives and their children", says Sister Janete Ferreira, General Animator of the Scalabrinian Apostolate. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 8/3/2022)