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Joint Press Conference

Organiser:  Voices of Faith and Jesuit Refugee Service

Location:  Hotel Columbus, Sala Camino, in Via della Conciliazione 33, Rome (map)

Date:  Friday 4 March 2016 (add to my calendar)

Time:  11:00

Language:  English (media materials also available in Spanish and Italian)

Voices of Faith and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) invite you to learn more about the 3rd Voices of Faith female storytelling festival and this year's motto "Mercy requires Courage". 

At this occasion the partnership between Voices of Faith and JRS based on their common values will officially be announced: The importance of education at large, particularly for females. Education is a fundamental key in improving the social and economic situation for women and their families.

This press conference precedes the well-known Voices of Faith storytelling event on 8 March, International Women's Day, with high profile female speakers and panelists with various extraordinary backgrounds. The women origin from various countries such as the Philippines, Kenya, Germany, DR Congo, Hong Kong, the US, India and the Czech Republic. They all have made a huge difference for their societies and in the life of the poor and marginalized.

The speakers at the press conference are:

  • Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, a former child labourer from the Philippines, now President of the Visayan Forum Foundation,which addresses modern-day slavery,
  • Merci, a young woman from DR Congo who grew up in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi, now studying economics at the Laval University in Quebec City,
  • Chantal Götz, Managing Director of the Voices of Faith initiative and executive Director of the Fidel Götz Foundation,
  • Rev Joaquin Martinez SJ, International Education Coordinator of JRS.

All speakers and panelists of the 8 March event are available for interviews and one-to-one conversations after the press conference.

To accommodate all attendees, please notify one of our media representatives if you will attend.

Media contacts:

Voices of Faith

Sigvard Wohlwend

+423 792 50 32

Jesuit Refugee Service / Mercy in Motion 

Giulio D'Ercole

+39 340 355 2538