30 December 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

30 December 2017
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In our last Top 10 for 2017, we begin to have a look back over the past year and see what worked (for peace) and what didn’t. And we’ve thrown in some other interesting holiday stuff just in case you’ve got some spare time!


1. The Guardian has shared their look back at 2017 through the eyes of some of the best photos snapped by their journalists. From Myanmar to Zimbabwe to Iraq and Syria and of course to America – these are great images and stories that sum up the year in the world.


2. No reason to feel down at heart though. The Conversation has a feature about the environmental stories that cheered us up in 2017. It’s been good news for rare parrots, magpies, snow leopards and a new species of spider!


3. UN Women have taken a look back at the gender equality achievements in 2017 including #Metoo, the women’s march in New York in January , Iceland’s move to pay equality, new domestic violence laws in Kyrgyzstan, strong women in Africa, and much more.  And they share stories from some of the women “who have broken the barriers at home and in politics, men who have refused to stay silent bystanders, and refugees who have shown us what resilience looks like”.


4. Amnesty has a little video about the achievements made in human rights in 2017 through members campaigning and donating. There is a lot of good work happening!


5. If you happen to be in Canberra this is a must see! Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, is an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia showcasing Indigenous art. “Songlines sets out to portray one of the most defining and predominant meta-narratives chronicled in ancient mainland Australia – the story of a predatory, lascivious, rejected loner – an Ancestral Being initially in the guise of a man – who relentlessly pursues seven sisters (Ancestral Women) over land and sky.”


6. And if you’ve got some spare time during this holiday season you might want to check out ‘Wildfire Munwurrk – the Documentary’. It is the work of Desert Pea Media and was selected an official selection in the Darwin International Film Festival. It’s well worth a look.


7. In all your spare time you might want to check out the Cultural Learning Hub at Amnesty International where you can access a range of resources including movies and documentaries as well as interesting reading about human rights issues.


8. It might be a bit warm here in Australia to think about knitting over the festive season but in London the social enterprise, Knit Aid, is knitting up a storm as they send garments and blankets to refugees.


9. Amnesty is full of suggestions for how we can change the world without leaving our city – and here are 5 you might want to consider over the festive season.


10. And just a touch more reading for you – ideas.TED.com has a list of 70 books to make us feel hopeful at the end of the year!


Wishing you the best of years in 2018 – may it be a year of peace and kindness for you and for us all.