24 November 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

24 November 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we talk dirty as we celebrate World Toilet Day, we visit the Dominican Republic, the United Nations, Tasmania and much more!


1. This week we celebrated World Toilet Day (19 November). It might seem like a dirty topic but toilets are pretty important to the health of every community. And did you know, that billions of people do not have access to one! 4.5 billion people live without access to a safe toilet, 892 million people practise open defecation, 62.5% of people around the world don’t have access to safe sanitation, 1.8 billion people use a drinking water source that could be contaminated with faeces. Check out all the info you need about World Toilet Day here!


2. We have had some very significant changes to the abortion laws in Queensland recently, however the situation for women in the Dominican Republic is far from good. All forms of abortion are illegal in the Dominican Republic regardless of the impact on a woman’s health – even in life threatening situations. In this interview from Human Rights Watch we hear from Rosa Hernandez, whose daughter died from her illness because an abortion was denied to her despite her medical condition.


3. Ever wondered what Welcome to Country is and its significance to First Nations people? Well all your questions will be answered in this article from Reconciliation Australia.


4. We’re a little late with this one, but the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary on 24 October. There were many celebrations and events to mark the occasion and you can look back over them here.


5. This is the latest project from the Koorie Youth Council, Ngaga-dji (hear me) – young voices creating change for justice. It aims to make some positive changes to the youth justice system and ensure that Indigenous kids can survive and thrive in their own communities.


6. The Conversation has a great new series called World Politics Explainer which looks at key moments in the past 100 years of world political history. So far there has been 8 articles covering issues such as the Iranian Revolution, the Holocaust, Pinochet’s Chile, and other really interesting topics. You can check out all the topics here.


7. This is an amazing and highly educational TED talk from Anna Rosling Ronnlund – See How the Rest of the World Lives, Organised by Income. She sent photographers to over 250 homes in 50 countries to document some of their basic household items like stoves, beds, toilets, toys etc. And she explains “how the power of data visualisation helps us better understand the world.”


8. Tasmania has made a name for itself this week with the changes to birth certificates allowing parents the option of stating the baby’s sex. The move is aimed at removing discrimination against transgender people. Of course, not everyone is happy but the bill has narrowly passed parliament and may well be taken up by other states in time.


9. Canada has been at the forefront to accepting refugees into their country. And now the snow has started to fall and many of the new residents of Canada are jumping up and down with excitement as they experience their first ever snowfall!


10. Britain has opened its first ever plastic-free zones in a North London supermarket! Thornton Budgens supermarket which is located in Belsize Park, has spent the last 10 weeks converting more than 1,700 product lines to plastic-free packaging. They are hoping to become a completely plastic-free supermarket within three years!


Thanks for your company this week.
See you next time!