5 January 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

5 January 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we take a look back at some of the good news stories to come out of 2018! Have a look at the reflections from Amnesty International, Greenpeace, UN Women, Human Rights Watch and more.


1. It’s been a big year in human rights news and in this story Human Rights Watch remind us of the main stories of 2018.


2. Let’s get inspired with Greenpeace’s 5 young activists who inspired us to stand up and take action in 2018.


3. Amnesty International also has their top list of human rights wins for 2018 which cover some of the big good news stories of the year.


4. Climate change can really bring you down. So here’s some good news from The Conversation as they bring us 10 uplifting environmental stories from 2018. Check out the beautiful bears who are successfully recovering from the trauma of bile farming and the wonderful story about trees being made from human breath!


5. It’s also good news for children around the world in 2018. According to Human Rights Watch we have seen a declining incidence of child marriage, more kids attending school and lots of other wonderful things. Check out their story on 10 good news stories for kids in 2018!


6. Each year it is important to reflect on our learnings and UN Women has collated the six things we have learnt from women’s resistance in 2018 – leave no one behind, mentorship matters, support survivors, persist in the face of all obstacles, solidarity changes lives, and listen to the next generation. Sounds pretty good to me!


7. While you’ve still got a bit of holiday time left (hopefully) check out the most watched human rights videos of 2018. There are some absolutely wonderful clips here that most of us have not seen throughout the year. Check out the campaign for human rights in Venezuela, the issue of forced labour in Thailand and so many other great vids.


8. UN Women has a timeline of women’s action and achievements in 2018 that is well worth a look.


9. Amnesty International has asked a group of activists to think about what human rights means to them. As the new year begins it seems like a timely question and reminder to all of us to think more deeply about this important issues.


10. And it’s never too late to learn some new tips about how to have happy and eco-friendly holidays. Here’s 10 suggestions from the UN Development Program.


Great to have you back with us for 2019. Look forward to sharing many more stories and ideas to make the world a better place!