16 February 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

16 February 2019
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 inequality, animal rights, comedy, films and much more!


1. Earlier this year Oxfam released their new report on inequality. You can read the full report or just check out the summary. The report highlights the growing gap between rich and poor as the world’s billionaires increased their wealth by 12% last year. They have also produced a fact sheet for Australia  which is interesting, and upsetting, reading. We now have 43 billionaires in Australia, a rise from 33 last year! After you’re read all of this you will want to sign the Oxfam petition to demand governments stop tax dodging!


2. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is being held in London in May. While not many of us will make it over there, it’s worth checking out the cool movies that will, hopefully, appear in Australia at some time soon.


3. There are calls for the fashion industry to support the #MeToo movement by fighting harassment and discrimination in their supply chains. Human Rights Watch is calling for an ILO binding convention to protect the rights of the mostly female workers in this industry.


4. In a progressive move the ACT is hoping to become the first state / territory in Australia to formally recognise an animal’s capacity to feel emotions. This proposed legislation would enshrine animal sentience in law and mean that an animal’s feelings must be taken into account along with their physical wellbeing. This could be the start of something important in the protecting the rights of all animals.


5. Oxfam is partnering with the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala to raise funds to help Oxfam tackle poverty around the world. The festival runs from 27 March to 21 April and even if you don’t go along you can still participate through the television broadcast and a donation scheme.


6. Koryom Nyuonhe is a former child soldier from South Sudan who is now working in Melbourne caring for older people. He shares his inspiring story in this article.


7. Continuing our focus on the situation for Saudi women, this article from SBS News tells the stories of many of the women’s rights activists who campaigned for the right for women to drive, but who are now in hiding fearing repercussions.


8. Life in refugee camps is hard and stressful and the issues in running these camps are complex. Now in the world’s largest refugee camp, Kutupalong in Bangladesh where over 550,000 people are housed, Oxfam have opened the largest sewage treatment plant ever built in a refugee camp. It is hoped that this will curb the spread of a range of deadly diseases.


9. In this article a number of Australians with different cultural backgrounds put a new light on the tricky question of being asked ‘where are you from’.


10. We leave you this week with some important wisdom from The Guardian’s much loved cartoonist, First Dog on the Moon, as they reflect on the nice things in life (given there are so many dreadful things!).


Thanks for being part of this week’s Top 10. We’re taking a short break and will look forward to your company again on Saturday 9 March.