On 25 May 2016, the newly elected Members of Parliament who took their mandates in the March parliamentary elections were introduced to the activities of the Slovak Anti Poverty Network (SAPN). As one of the largest networks in Slovakia, the organization comprises 154 socially engaged non-governmental organizations representing more than 250,000 members. These organizations share the aim of protecting human dignity in all aspects of life and preventing the alienation of social classes, political apathy, social polarization and the erosion of social cohesion. This timely and important Public Hearing was held under the auspices of Lucia Nicholsonová, Deputy Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.
For more than 13 years, the Slovak Anti Poverty Network has sought to assist people start a dignified life, progressively shed helplessness, change things, regain the courage and optimism needed for fighting difficult living conditions, and integrate into society. The target groups have included:
- Single mothers with children
- Poor workers
- Caretakers for handicapped family members
- Young unemployed
- Inhabitants of marginalized villages/regions
- Seniors with difficult access to services
The Public Hearing addressed all topics listed above. The MPs heard real life stories and experiences from regions and areas across Slovakia. They reacted to all questions from the auditorium.
Please read the press release here