At 1pm, Esperanza Huayama, President of the Association of Forcibly Sterilised Women from the Huancabamba region in Peru, will speak on the work for justice and reparation.
Between 1996 and 1998, 200,000 women and 30,000 men were forcibly sterilised, many without consent or understanding of what the procedure meant for their fertility.
Our partner Peru Support Group and the University of Kent are supporting Esperanza raise awareness in the UK about forced sterilisation.
Margaret Hodgson, our wonderful Schools’ Volunteer Coordinator, recently visited The English Martyrs School in Hartlepool.
When you finish a can of coke (or other fizzy drink) do you make sure it gets recycled? Do you eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packaged meals? Do you use both sides of a piece of paper? These are just some of the questions we asked students at English Martyrs to see just how environmentally aware they were.
In a change from their normal Geography lessons, CAFOD were invited in to work with the students on the issue of climate change. The game Sometimes, Always, Never is always a favourite, asking the young people to give one of the three answers to twenty questions that explore different things we could do to help reduce climate change.
This was followed by the climate change game, a classic board game with a twist that, as the name suggests, presents students with a variety climate change dilemmas to overcome!
It was a great time to visit as we’ve just launched a new campaign, Power to Be, that asks governments and the World Bank to invest more in renewable energy. This will not only help offset climate change but also provide poor people living in rural areas with a much needed source of power. If you’d like to get involved, please follow the link to our webpage.