9 February 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

9 February 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we look at issues for children worldwide, white privilege, safe water and much more!


1. The issue of women attempting to flee from Saudi Arabia has gained attention in the media recently. The ABC has reported this week that Border Force officers have turned away some Saudi women believing that they will seek asylum here. And in this article from Human Rights Watch they explore the complexities of this issue and why Australia should not be turning these women away.


2. UNICEF has just released a new report, Humanitarian Action for Children 2019. They argue that children are coming under attack in war zones in ways that have not previously existed. One in four children live in countries affected by conflict or disaster and nearly 31 million children have been forcibly displaced.


3. ‘White Privilege’ is an increasingly common term. Check out this informative article from SBS – 10 things you should know about white privilege.


4. This is a very tragic story about the legacy of acid attacks on Cambodian people. Human Rights Watch has just released a report exploring these issues and the lack of government action.


5 We may take access to safe water and sanitation for granted here in Australia but in Gaza it’s a big issue. While over 90% of households have a tap, there is no clean water so that now only 1 in 10 households have access to clean water.


6. The situation for Hakeem al-Araibi is looking worse each day. Human Rights Watch has some things we can all do to advocate for his release.


7. Great news from Nigeria! A new disability rights law has been passed that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Around 25 million Nigerians have a disability and there has been many years of lobbying for the introduction of this law.


8. Here’s some good news for our environment! New South Wales Land and Environment Court have rejected an application for a new coal mine. They found that the emissions and greenhouse gases, and therefore the impact on climate change, were too great!


9. If you’re interested in some of the more complex ways in which we as humans have negatively influenced our planet, this article is very interesting. It is a snippet from the authors new book, The Human Planet: How we created the Anthropocene.


10. Switch on the tele to SBS tonight to check out the wonderful Zaachariaha Fielding as he and his partner in music Michale Ross attempt to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest! They make up the very cool band Electric Fields. Their song, 2000 and Whatever, incorporates Indigenous languages and is well worth voting for!


Thanks for checking out our Top 10 today! Hope to see you next week!