Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network Ireland celebrates 21 years in Ireland

On May 1st AEFJN marked 21 years in Ireland with a celebration in Kimmage Manor, Dublin.

AEFJN was founded in1988 by the Union of Superiors General in Rome to promote greater equality in the relationships between the European Union and Africa.
It is now a network of 50 religious congregations and societies all of whom are deeply concerned about Africa and its people.
The network is motivated by faith and enriched by the social doctrine of the Church; it creates awareness of structural injustice found within European policies that affect people in Africa.
In 1993AEFJN was established in Ireland. The Irish Missionary Movement (IMU) Development Office was in place before 1993 and from 1980 Sisters for Justice movement was at work. From its inception the life and work of AEFJN and the IMU were intertwined.
Sisters for Justice took up local and global justice issues and organised awareness-raising and campaigning. A number of Little Sisters of the Assumption were involved in Sisters for Justice and took an active part in its formation and development. The group continued until 1993 then some of its members became involved with the new branch of AEFJN.
The founding objectives were:
  • To gather and channel information on justice issues in Africa and on European Policies affecting Africa.
  • To make recommendations to participating congregations for advocacy and action.
  • To attempt to influence in a positive way decisions taken in the European Community affecting justice for Africa.
AEFJN Ireland wants to denounce all injustices and promote respectful and fair relationships between Europe and Africa, it promotes systems of partnership and participation that promote the full human potential of all citizens. It pays special attention to aspects of fair trade relations, especially food sovereignty, polices for biofuels and supports the setting of standards for extractive industries.
It promotes access to water as a human right, calls on governments to encourage drug companies to work to an ethical code, draws attention to the devastating affects of the arms trade and is committed to promote awareness and prevention of trafficking in people. 
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