6 October 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

6 October 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize winners for 2018, and we look at climate change in Australia, recycling, solar technology and much more!


1. Wonderful news about the winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege. This decision clearly honours the issue of sexual violence in war. “Ms Murad is an Iraqi Yazidi who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants and later became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people. Dr Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who, along with his colleagues, has treated tens of thousands of victims.” You can listen to Nadia Murads moving acceptance speech here and an interview with Denis Mukwege from 2014.


2. It’s a no-brainer but important nonetheless – climate change is making the droughts in Australia worse. This article is the first part in a series that The Guardian is running to look at environmental conditions in Australia to see how they compare with other similar conditions in our history. The conclusion is the no-brainer part!


3. Earlier this week the Kimberley celebrated the 40th anniversary of the important Noonkanbah march. The protest led to the formation of the influential Kimberley Land Council. You can read all about it in this article from The Guardian.


4. We love a bit of social enterprise here at WITADA so let’s celebrate this amazing project from Mongolia where Ulziisaikhan and other women are cleaning up the plastic litter in the streets and then making, and selling, products they make from the litter.


5. Solar electricity is a huge help for so many places around the world. Oxfam is working with rural villages in Ghana to instal solar technology and it’s having very positive results, including pumping clean water, studying at night and computer use for children, as well as a whole range of health benefits.


6. The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has decided to change the way they financially support refugees throughout the world by providing cash rather than in-kind aid. And it seems to be making a huge difference to the dignity of those seeking refuge.


7. To keep your spirits up in these difficult times, check out Amnesty International’s summary of achievements to date so far this year.


8. The human rights situation for women in Saudi Arabia has been terrible for a long time. This article from Amnesty International details the host of restrictions on women and the crackdown on women’s rights defenders.


9. And following on from last week’s story about creating a separate holiday for Indigenous Australians, you might want to check out this great article from Dominic O’Sullivan writing for The Conversation. He argues that this misses the point of those who argue for changing the date of Australia Day.


10. Here’s a lovely story to end out week about Afghani boys living in Belarus and learning everything from kickboxing to ballet!


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