17 March 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

17 March 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we visit Syria, Great Britain, Florida, Nigeria and much more!


1. It is 7 years today since the Syrian uprising began and the situation there is worsening all the time. In Eastern Ghouta hundreds of people have been killed by the Syrian government with the assistance of Russian forces. Today saw the largest exodus of Syrian civilians with more than 12,500 fleeing to nearby towns. Amnesty International has a petition you can sign asking Presidents Putin and Assad to stop the bombing.


2. Did you know that less than 50% of Australia’s original wilderness still exists? At the moment The Guardian is running a feature series on Australia’s neglected environmental issues, Our Wide Brown Land.


3. In a remarkable initiative traditional Aboriginal healers, Ngangkari, are coming together with Western doctors in the South Australian public health system. The Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, ANTAC, was formed in 2012 largely from the work of Italian researcher Francesca Panzironi who was shocked to find that traditional healers were not a part of the mainstream medical system as they are in many other countries such as New Zealand and Canada.


4. The UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) has been running a series called No Stranger Place featuring stories about refugees and their hosts throughout Europe. The latest stories come from the UK chapter of the project, the Great British Welcome. There are some moving stories here.


5. The Australian Human Rights Commission has just launched their Children’s Rights Report 2017 and it is well worth checking out. It looks at the state of children’s right and needs and also the measures needed to ensure positive outcomes for their personal, educational and economic needs.


6. How about giving a chook instead of an egg this easter? That’s what Oxfam is hoping lots of us will do by purchasing an Oxfam Unwrapped gift. The chickens will help families in Vanuatu by increasing access to food.


7. Last week the US state of Florida finally changed their laws to ensure that child marriage is no longer legal. Now a person must be 18 to get a marriage license unless, as a 17 year old, they have a court approval.


8. The Australian Music prize for best album of the year went to hip hop artist Sampa the Great (Sampa Tembo). Sampa was born in Zambia and has grown up in Sydney. And she beat some pretty big names to win the award!! Check out a cool track here.


9. The pollution in the Niger delta is one of worst in the world. It is also one of the most important regions for oil production. Oil spills from both Shell and Eni have created over 17.5m litres of oil pouring into the water. Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian government to open 89 different oil spill investigations.


10. Being named the Emerging Political Leader of the Year is an honour that Vonda Malone is happy to embrace. She is the first female major of the Torres Shire council. “I’ve broken a lot of glass ceilings,” she says. “I was the first Torres Strait Islander woman to work as an Australian diplomat, and the first Torres Strait Islander woman to go to the United Nations and complete the Indigenous Fellowship Program. If I wanted to do something, I just gave it a go. I wasn’t going to be limited by the fact I was from an isolated island community.”


Thanks for stopping by to read our Top 10 this week!