The 14th Emmaus Salon will take place on Sunday 16 June 2013 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, France...
Going to the Emmaus Salon means meeting:
• Object: clothing, furniture, appliances, tablets, mobile phones, bicycles, books … We only have to choose what fit us at low prices or come and search the object of our dreams.
• Men and women who are the Emmaus movement: companions, employees and volunteers from all over Europe, artists who inspire us or our neighbour, our cousin?
• A new mode of supportive and responsible consumption…
This year’s selected region to receive the benefits from this sale of international solidarity is Europe, with the Salon supporting two groups that are working to combat human trafficking and the groups involved in the European solidarity programme.
- Supporting the work done by two groups in Bosnia and Lithuania to combat human trafficking.
According to the United Nations, “Human trafficking is the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion, dishonesty or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them” and it has been an Emmaus Movement work area since 2007.
Two European groups – the Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre (MPFSC) in Lithuania and the International Solidarity Forum (ISF) in Bosnia – combat this scourge on a daily basis. The initiatives being supported by the Salon focus on three specific areas: preventing trafficking, victim protection and lobbying political decision-makers and civil society.
In practical terms, the Salon will support these groups who work to raise awareness, train and get young girls and boys to take responsibility in order to make them independent and avoid any kind of social exclusion. Shelters offer victims long-term protection in order to enable them to rebuild their lives and gradually reintegrate into society. Finally, the concrete solutions delivered by the groups will be showcased by political lobbying.
- Contributing to European regional solidarity.
Today, there are 275 Emmaus Europe member groups in 16 European countries. These groups combat poverty and exclusion by running initiatives that take account of their local capacity and specific situation. The European solidarity programme brings alive solidarity between the region’s different member groups either through the donation of funds or exchanges of experience, and also bears witness to the increasing needs of the Emmaus groups in Europe. The programme comprises 13 initiatives for 2013 and some of the Salon’s profits will therefore be welcome in order to cover the programme funding amount! The Europe region’s diversity will also be showcased in posters displayed at the Salon.