16 December 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

16 December 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 Human Rights Day 2017, young people in detention, and we visit Mexico, South Sudan Iceland – and much more!


1. If you’re looking for a very worthy cause to direct some money to over the festive season, you might want to check out the Asylum Seeker’s Resource Centres Christmas appeal. “Your donation will help this movement in the fight for freedom for those still in mandatory detention and as well as those on our shores.”


2. Last Sunday 10 December was Human Rights Day. A number of buildings all around the world were illuminated blue in support of human rights. The wonderful Connie Britton, Goodwill Ambassador, is here reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration of Human Rights. And you can do it too – the United Nations is calling for all of us to pick a section to read and record in any of 135 language.


3. The situation for many young people in detention in Australia is more widely known now after the findings of the Northern Territory’s Royal Commission. This article from The Sydney Morning Herald features some ideas from the Change the Record coalition to reduce the number of young people, especially Indigenous young people, in detention.


4. As Australians continue to celebrate marriage equality it is important to not lose sight of the difficulties for so many LGBTI people around the world. In this article from UN Women, Nongnee Kondii talks about her experience of being a lesbian woman in Thailand.


5. The Venezuelan government is continuing to take over the country’s institutions as the country slips further away from democracy. Human Rights Watch has a thorough coverage of the lead up to these events that is well worth the read.


6. Oxfam has released a new film – “Evelyn’s Story, will transport you to Kenya and give you the opportunity to walk in the shoes of Evelyn, an 11-year-old girl from a remote community in drought-declared Turkana county.”


7. Medecins Sans Frontieres has released their International Activity Report for 2016. “Almost one-third of our projects in 2016 were dedicated to providing assistance to populations caught in wars, such as in Yemen, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria. We also provided assistance to people on the move, fleeing repression, poverty or violence, exploitation or danger as countries closed options for safe and legal routes. Our teams responded to other emergencies caused by epidemics and natural disasters and provided care and improved treatment for patients with diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV.”


8. This is a great article from The Conversation about the ways in which creative thought and research can change the world – but only if academics get out of the cloisters and start sharing their knowledge with everyone in the world instead of just with their colleagues. And this is of course, the essence of The Conversation (and WITADA!) – making research and knowledge accessible to everyone.


9. There is a homeless shelter in Mexico providing a safe place to over 50,000 people. It has an open door policy and helps over 1000 people each month. There is a lot of generosity in services like this.


10. This is the story of Nyahok Reath, a teenager from South Sudan who dreams of becoming a pilot. Despite living in a refuge camp in Ethiopia after having to flee her home town, she is determined to complete her secondary education. Opportunities for children in refugee camps to continue their education are very few and funding constraints make it even harder.


Looking forward to your company next week as we feature some of the many things you can do over your holidays – all of which can help to make the world a more peaceful and equitable place!