9 January 2016 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

WITADA Top 109 January 2016


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 at disturbing developments Saudi Arabia, good news in Malawi, Colombia and Iran, and much more!


1. Greenpeace has published their review of 2015 with a look back at the stories and the triumphs.


2.  Child marriage rates in Malawi are one of the highest anywhere in the world with 1 in 2 girls married by the age of 18 years. So this news is even more special. A female traditional leader has annulling over 300 marriages saying that “I have terminated 330 marriages of which 175 were girl-wives and 155 were boy-fathers, I wanted them to go to school and that has worked”. Earlier this year that President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, passed a law banning child marriage until the age of 18.


3. Did you know that Colombia has been rated, by Gallup International Association, as the happiest country in the world? And it’s not the first time!!


4. This week Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people convicted of crimes despite concerns being raised about the nature of the charges and the fairness of the process. Both Human Rights Watch and the United Nations have condemned the actions.


5. As we reported in late December, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has wound up its work and has now produced a video about their work over the past 20 years. It’s well worth a watch.


6.  Did you know that throughout the world more than 16 million babies were born into conflict in 2015. UNICEF reports that “every two seconds, a child takes his or her first breath in a conflict zone”.


7. In this edition of Exposure, the United Nations Development Program features its main stories and achievements over 2015.


8.  We have known for some time now that Indigenous cultures in Australia are the oldest living cultures in the history of the world. Up until recently it was estimated that Indigenous people occupied Australia up to 47,000 years ago. Now new evidence has been uncovered that proves Aboriginal occupation for between 50,000 – 53,000 years.


9. If you are interested in feminism, you might enjoy (as I very much did) this TED Talk by Roxane Gay, ‘Confessions of a bad feminist’ – where she explores the complexities for feminism in this time.


10. This is a beautiful story to leave you with this week. ‘Walls of Kindness’ have sprung up all over Iran as people leave clothing out for those who are homeless.


Great to have you here with us for our first Top 10 for 2016. Looking forward to having you with us as the year progresses.