4 August 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

4 August 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we check out Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, the state of the world’s forests, torture, ‘They Day’ and much more!


1. Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. This is the 30 year anniversary of this day and it’s organised each year by SNAICC – National Voice for Children. Check out their web page for the 30 year history of this important day.


2. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has released their 2018 The State of the World’s Forests Report. There is some pretty interesting information in this report about the vital role of forests in our endeavours to sustainably manage the world’s scarce resources. You can download the full report here.


3. Torture is both illegal and alarmingly common. According to Amnesty International over the last five years incidents of torture have been reported in 141 countries, just over three quarters of the world. This is an informative article about this important issue.


4. If you’re up for a long but very interesting read this weekend, check out The Conversation’s article on The Great Australian Silence – 50 years after the original challenge to they ways that we have collectively forgotten about a whole host of atrocities when it comes to our view of Australian history. It’s a great read!


5. Nominations are open for the Human Rights Awards for 2018. Check it out and see if you’d like to nominate someone you know.


6. The Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey results have just been released and make for interesting reading. “Compared to women, men have an extra 99 hours a year where they’re not working, doing housework or caring for dependents.”


7. ‘They Day’ is an initiative of the Victorian State Government designed to promote the use of gender neutral pronouns. On the first Thursday of every month staff will be encouraged to use gender neutral pronouns when they speak with and about each other. There’s a pretty cool promotional video as well!


8. Zoos in Victoria are no longer using Nestle products after Nestle’s membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil was suspended. Good decision!


9. And now for some cool music. Firstly here are 200 of the greatest songs by 20c women and non-binary writers. There are some terrific tunes here courtesy of National Public Radio in America.


10. And to leave you with this week, some inspirational songs for social change from Amnesty International. You’ve probably heard them before but set your playlist, turn the volume up load and sing along!


Great to back with you this week. See you next time.