Mrs. Schadt visits JRS Offices

On April 30th Fr. Mark Cachia welcomed Mrs. Daniela Schadt, the German President’s partner to the JRS offices in Birkirkara.

After pausing in front of a painting by refugees from Liberia, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo depicting their desperate journey to Europe, Mrs. Schadt spoke for over an hour with a group of Somali women who had participated in an empowerment programme organized in detention by JRS. Dr. Alexia Rossi, one of the psychologists working at JRS, explained that over the past two years, one of our priority areas has been to work with women in detention centres and within the community.

These women often suffer sexual and gender-based violence in their countries, and when they arrive in Malta they are detained in centres run predominantly by men. JRS provides these women with social, health and psychological services.

The testimony of these women will be put together in a booklet that will be published in May 2015.

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