11 November 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

11 November 2017
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we look at activism, zero waste, transgender issues, inequality and much more!


1. Oxfam has recently released their What She Makes Campaign to address issues facing low and unpaid garment workers around the world. Just 4% of the price of many pieces of clothing go to those who made them. In a creative form of activism some garment workers who were not being paid at all sneaked some tags into the clothes they were making (for Zara) saying that ‘I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it’. You can sign the pledge here.


2. The situation in war-torn the Central African Republic is serious and getting more severe as time goes on. The UNHCR reports that more than 600,000 refugees have crossed the surrounding rivers into the Democratic Republic of Congo.


3. If you’re not sure of the differences between refugees and asylum seekers then this brief article from Amnesty International will help.


4. This is another wonderful story from the folks at Medecins Sans Frontieres, this time sharing the story of Nisreen Al Azzeh who lost her husband in October 2015 during a tear gas attack in a part of Hebron that is a ‘closed military zone‘. Now she is painting as a way of finding freedom from the barriers of her home.


5. A couple of weeks ago marked the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. In the past eleven years close to 930 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. There is some really interesting information on these issues at the UNESCO site – MyFightAgainstImpunity.


6. Results from the most recent Australian census confirm that inequality in economic outcomes is a significant issue – for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, single parents, the young and the old.


7. Hina Jilani is an internationally renowned human rights activist, a lawyer for the Supreme Court of Palestine, a member of the group The Elders, and many other wonderful things. In this interview she talks about her work and her upcoming trip to Jordan as she continues to advocate for a new focus on the global refugee crisis.


8. Check out this seriously cool cafe in Vancouver – the first Zero Waste Cafe where you can enjoy a very delicious meal with no waste at all!!


9. Amnesty International has an important petition to sign protesting against Finland’s oppressive policy towards transgender people. Transgender people must be diagnosed with a ‘mental disorder’ and sterilised before they are permitted to change their gender identity.


10. BBC features a great story from Amazing Humans. This barber is getting volunteers together to support those who are homeless with free haircuts and other support. Great story and a very moving video.


Great to back with you this week. Look forward to your company again next week.