PHROM’s first Member Organisation Networking Session and Website Launch
On Thursday 30th October 2014, the Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta (PHROM) held its first Member Organisation Networking Event and Website Launch. The event was called ‘What is PHROM’s role?’ and gathered all of the Member Organisations of PHROM, including interested organisation who would like to find out more about PHROM.
The aim of the event was divided between the website launch, getting to know PHROM and a networking session. Dr Roberta Lepre, the chairperson of PHROM, welcomed all guests and gave an introduction of PHROM, including its mission statement, structure and upcoming projects and events. This was followed by Dr Neil Falzon, who officially launched PHROM’s website: www.humanrightsplatform.org.mt. The attendees were guided through the website, which includes the members’ page, listing all of the current members of PHROM, which are:
|Aditus Foundation||Secretariat – Executive Member||LGBTI, Migrants & Refugees|
|African Media Association Malta||Member Organisation||Migrants and Refugees|
|Amputees4Amputees||Member Organisation||Health, Disability|
|Deaf People Association||Member Organisation||Children, Culture, Elderly, Youth, Health, Disability|
|Din L-Art Ħelwa||Executive Member||Environment, Culture, Youth|
|Inspire Foundation||Member Organisation||Children, Youth, Health, Disability, Development, Labour|
|Integra Foundation||Member Organisation||Children, Gender, LGBTI, Migrants and Refugees, Youth, Poverty, Domestic Violence, Health, Disability, Development|
|Jesuit Refugee Service Malta||Member Organisation||Migrants and Refugees|
|Malta Gay Rights Movement||Executive Member||LGBTI|
|Malta Humanist Association||Member Organisation||Other|
|Organisation for Friendship in Diversity||Member Organisation||Children, Migrants & Refugees, Youth|
|Richmond Foundation||Executive Member||Children, Poverty, Health|
|SOS Malta||Member Organisation||Children, Gender, Migrants & Refugees, Environment, Elderly, Youth, Poverty, Health, Development|
|Troupe 18:45||Member Organisation||Culture|
|UpBeat Music House||Member Organisation||Migrants and Refugees|
|Victim Support Malta||Executive Member||Children, Gender, LGBTI, Elderly, Youth, Poverty, Domestic Violence, Health, Disability, Labour|
|We Are||Member Organisation||LGBTI, Youth|
|Why Not?||Member Organisation||Children, Migrants & Refugees, Environment, Culture, Youth, Health, Development|
We were also proud to present one of our projects, il-Librerija. It is an online database of all published documentation relevant to human rights in Malta. It gathers various forms of documents, including primary and secondary legislation, NGO and institutional reports, and academic papers in a user-friendly fully searchable format. Every document is also given a number of keywords to facilitate search and classification. Member Organisations were encouraged to send in their publications to be added to our database.
The session continued with workshops whereby Member Organisations were divided and were asked to introduce their organisation and the human rights issue they deal with. It then continued to assessing their participation in PHROM and what they expect from this platform and what they can contribute.
Member Organisations of PHROM got a further in-depth understanding of what this platform is and what it means to be part of a national coalition of human rights organisations. All showed great enthusiasm to work with and be part of PHROM. Collaboration and cooperation were keywords, as all recognized through the platform they can overcome the limitations found in every NGO. Besides this, the Member Organisations also had the opportunity to meet the other Member Organisations and appreciated this chance to network.
The event was a big success and we received very positive comments from the Member Organisations, motivating us to keep on working and striving to ensure this platform achieves all that it is set out to do. All of the Member Organisations recognized the need for such a coalition in Malta and were very excited to be a part of it.
– Erika Borg, Secretariat Officer