OLA Justice Desk

The OLA Justice Desk promotes a more just world from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching through advocacy, awareness raising and working collaboratively on projects.

Actions for Justice

The prayer intentions of the Justice Desk for March are centred on confronting racial discrimination against people of African descent.

Upcoming and Current Projects and Events


Earth Day Event at Ardfoyle: Save the date for an Earth Day event at Ardfoyle in collaboration with the Cork Three Faiths Forum on April 27th. Details will follow shortly.

Facebook Live Panel Review of TIP 2024 Report: In June/July, subject to the release of the 2024 report, we will host a Facebook Live Panel Review on Trafficking in Persons (TIP 2024) report.

Annual Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice: Our Annual Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice will return in October (date to be confirmed).

Stay Updated and Engage: Follow our social media channels to stay updated on various awareness campaigns, and don’t forget to share our posts to spread the word!.


Past Projects and Events

The Weaponisation of Cultural Beliefs in Human Trafficking

We hosted a webinar exploring the intersection of cultural beliefs and human trafficking, learning how traditional oath-taking rituals and the influence of juju (magic) become insidious ‘control mechanisms,’ ensnaring victims in bondage and leaving them at the mercy of traffickers. To see a summary of the webinar and watch the replay, click here.

Who Pays for Christmas?

Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) Ireland hosted a webinar this December. As co-founders of the Irish antennae, we collaborated on this event, exploring the human and environmental costs of consumerism during Christmas, and uncovered actionable steps to ensure that our local efforts have a global impact, reaching communities in Africa and beyond.

Other Projects

  • The 2023 Intergenerational Climate Conference: The Fourth Conference took place in October 2023 and highlighted the relationship between the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis. Together, with guest speakers and through interactive exercises, we explored the meaning and importance of thinking ecologically.

  • Make it Your Business: The OLA Sisters, as founding members of the Irish Antenna of the AEFJN, are supporting the Irish Coalition for Business and Human Rights. Find our more here: OLA Sisters Co-Found New Irish Antenna of AEFJN

  • An Overview of the Universal Periodic Process: You are invited to watch the overview of the Universal Periodic Review process of the UN Human Rights Council and our joint submission.  We have presented and explained the joint submission to the UPR of Ireland to which many of you added your signatures of support.
  • Migrations in Our Common Home: As the world grapples with the devastating consequences of intensifying climate change, this policy brief examines how climate change is impacting migration.

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