8 September 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

8 September 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 Venezuela, India, the UK, DRC and lots more!


1. The situation in Venezuela continues to worsen as an exodus of people continue to flee the country. Human Rights Watch has just released their report detailing the need for a regional response and calling on governments in the Americas to take action. This is a largely underreported story in mainstream media that we all need to be more informed about.


2. It’s hard to believe that child marriage is still legal in the UK – sad but very true. Human Rights Watch details the recent move in the UK parliament to change the law so that marriage is banned before the age of 18.


3. Here’s a big human rights win this week – India’s Supreme Court has ruled against a ban on consensual same sex relationships. Section 377 of India’s penal code is considered to be a relic from British colonial rule. The Chief Justice, Dipak Misra said that the law was “irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary”. Damn straight!


4. Last Wednesday 5 September was Indigenous Literacy Day. It is designed to celebrate Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy with lots of cool activities around the country. There is also a great fundraising campaign where we can all buy a book for children in remote communities.


5. The situation for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region is seriously bad. According to Amnesty International, thousands of children are being forced into the ongoing armed conflict. There is a petition you can sign.


6. Protests against racism and neo-Nazism are continuing in Germany as more than 65,000 people took action in Chemmitz to condemn recent far right violence.


7. The article from The Economist, shows what we have already known for a long time – grassroots leaders provide the best hope to a troubled world!


8. If you need a reminder about the long history of the battle for women’s rights and equality, have a look at this interactive story from the United Nations.


9. Amnesty International has a current campaign addressing the fight against the use of conversation therapy –  Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) in Australia and they have a webinar scheduled for this Tuesday 11 September where you can tune in and listen to the story of Chris Csabs.


10. Here’s a great idea for how we might make housing more affordable. Did you know that house prices have risen by 60% in the past five years? Or that 3 million Australian households pay a total of $50billion per year in rent? In the ACT there is a great new scheme that rents land to those who don’t own property for a very small cost which they are then able to occupy for life. Read more about in this terrific article in The Conversation by Cameron Murray who has recently written a report for our friends at The Australian Institute showing that it is possible to provide cheap housing saving Australians millions of dollars each year.


Great to have your company again this week!