WITADA’s Weekly Top 10 – 13 June 2015

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


In this week’s Top 10 we feature some interesting exhibitions, Bougainville, Burma, Australian constitutional change and much more.


1. ‘An Undeniable Right’, an exhibition by Wayne Quilliam, opens at the United Nations in Geneva later this month. This photographic exhibition features stories of women across Australia and captures the issues they face on a daily basis, especially related to gender and race.


2. Photographer Jimmy Nelson has visited some of the most at risk indigenous cultures in the world in an attempt to capture some of their customs and rites. These are amazing photos and he has also done a wonderful TED talk earlier in the year, ‘Before They Pass Away‘ – well worth a look.


3. On 6 July there will be a summit with Indigenous leaders on a referendum to recognise Australia’s first peoples. The campaign ‘Recognise’ is lobbying for the constitutional change and it appears that public support is high and most people support the move to change the constitution. There is a petition you can sign on the Recognise site.


4. The Pope is in the news again with the impending release of one of the most anticipated papal messages. “Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality in a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Thursday.” John Vidal from The Guardian asks if this “could lead to a step-change in the battle against global warming”.


5. Sometimes it’s very interesting to see how this country (Australia) is seen by the international media. The BBC went to Manus Island and filed this story about the Australian Government treatment of asylum seekers. “You might be seeking a new life in one of the world’s richest countries but you’ll wash up in one of the world’s poorest.”


6. In the light of recent elections, the ABC Radio National program Rear Vision has a story on the background to the conflict in Bougainville and the role of mining in the history of the community.


7. There are calls for global attention to be directed to the situation for the Rohingya community in Burma and for many who are fleeing their oppression and seeking asylum. New Internationalist has a story on the issues here.


8. The World Health Organisation has highlighted the importance of providing quality care for people living with dementia and in this story they showcase a model from the Netherlands where the program is based around independence and meaningful participation though their farm program.


9. Vinka Barunga is a Worora woman and the first Aboriginal doctor in her community. SBS ran a story on her last month which is still available to view.


10. It is always inspiring to read about a young person following their passion and making a difference in the world, so here is another of these wonderful stories to end our week. Boyan Slat has developed a real and feasible solution to cleaning up the amount of garbage in the ocean. He has now set up the Ocean Cleanup, originally doing a feasibility study of his ideas and raising money through crown funding. He is on the lookout now for further funding to implement and operationalise his ideas.


Great to have you along to read our Top 10 this week. Hope to see you next week.