6 April 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

6 April 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we visit Brunei, Massachusetts, Pakistan and look at Indigenous languages, voting ages and much more!


1. Brunei has instituted a new law with inhumane punishments, including death by stoning for same-sex sexual acts. According to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, the new Sharia penal code is a threat to basic rights in Brunei, especially for some of the most vulnerable groups.


2. In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, Reconciliation Australia have some great information and stories about the First Languages of Australia.


3. It’s a shock I know, but child marriage is still legal in Massachusetts! According to Human Rights Watch, between 2000 and 2016 more than 1,200 children under the age of 18 were married there. There is a bill before the Massachusetts State Legislature that can end this. You can take some action here.


4. After the amazing school student protests over the climate crisis, The Conversation has asked a range of experts whether the voting age in Australia should be lowered to 16 – all 5 of them said YES!!


5. After the Federal Government budget in Australia this week, this story from The Guardian seems even more relevant. June Oscar and Rod Little argue that it’s well past time that decisions impacting on Indigenous people, such as the Closing the Gap initiative, should be put in their own hands. It seems simple enough yet we remain ignorant of this first and most basic step towards reconciliation. This is an important read.


6. The ABC asks the hard question – what do we do with the movies and songs we love from people who have committed abuse towards others? They recommend some ethical approaches in how to deal with this dilemma.


7. Eighteen of the leading law firms in Australia have issued a statement backing the Uluru Statement from The Heart. They have also called for a voice for First Nations people in the Australian constitution. Now that’s a good use of power!


8. Amnesty International recently asked their supporters to share stories about some of the courageous and inspirational women in their lives. Here’s their responses. And just a heads up – there’s lots of Mums in the list!!


9. South Australia’s Migration Museum is an amazing collection of images and stories designed to work towards the “preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse culture”. If you happen to be in South Australia they have a new exhibition, In Our Own Voices: Stories of Journey and Resettlement from the Middle East to Australia and it looks fabulous.


10. 10 Billion Trees tells the story of the reforesting of Pakistan! It’s an inspirational story of what is possible in responding to climate change and the images are truly spectacular.


Thanks for reading our Top 10 this week. Hope to see you again next week.