1 September 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

1 September 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we highlight the Rohingya atrocities, the atrocities inflicted on First Nations people in Australia, the conflict in Syria and impact on women, and many other important issues like combating ‘period poverty’.


1. Last weekend was the first anniversary of the Rohingya ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. This coincides with the release of the United Nations report into the Rohingya human rights abuses where they concluded that the Myanmar military had carried out a genocide of the Rohingya in Rakhine and were responsible for war crimes. If you’re not up to date on the facts of this massive abuse of human rights, Amnesty International has a great article outlining the main issues.


2. And after all this time Aung San Suu Kyi is still unwilling for the government to take responsibility for these atrocities. Check out The Guardian’s article on this inaction.


3. Last week an amazing meeting occurred between the descendants of the perpetrators and the survivors of the last recorded frontier massacre in Australia at Coniston, 90 years ago. They are all calling for a national ‘truth telling’ process to be established.


4. There are many disturbing consequences of the eight year conflict in Syria and some of the biggest are for women and girls including food insecurity, lack of educational opportunities, lack of safe water and general health services, gender based violence, and an increase in the incidence of early marriage. UN Women is working hard to address these needs through some innovative programs.


5. We love a good success story here at WITADA and here’s a great one! The Darling Downs has been so successful at settling the refugees who have arrived in their community that they are being hailed as an example for councils all around Australia. The Toowoomba local government area declared itself a ‘refugee welcome zone’ in 2013 and it’s all unfolded since then!


6. Amnesty International has a new Secretary General, Kumi Naidoo and in this article he sets out his vision for a bigger, bolder and more inclusive AI.


7. Barak Obama has posted a list on Facebook of the books he’s been reading and The Washington Post has shared them for the rest of us. There’s some pretty interesting and relevant books for our times.


8. The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre has a new petition we can sign calling on the Prime Minister (whoever that might be) to evacuate Kids Off Nauru in the next 100 days.


9. Hooray to Scotland – they are the first country in the world to offer free sanitary products to students!! It’s going to cost then around $6.7 million but they’re committed to combating ‘period poverty’. Yah the Scots!!


10. Here’s a great bit of inspiration to leave you with this week – a group of Indian students have mailed over 20,000 plastic food wrappers back to the manufacturers. The kids from a school in Thoothukudi, were sick of these wrappers littering their streets so they sent them back with a letter telling the companies that they liked their food but not their wrappers which were harming the environment!


Great to have you with us again this week. See you next time!