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Meals are much more than calories

WORLD Food Day, an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, aims to tackle and eradicate hunger worldwide, is celebrated globally on October 16. According to a government paper Identifying and responding to food insecurity in Australia released…

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Access, Education and Dignity: For just $7, you can help a girl get through her entire high school experience

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Womxn* around the world will understand the stress of getting their period, and not having a sanitary product handy, but what if that was a problem that you faced every time you menstruated?  Period poverty is the lack of access to menstrual products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, handwashing facilities or waste management.  The United Nations estimates that one in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their period, which can add up to as much as 20 per cent of the school year, with an estimated 500 million girls impacted globally, each year.  Often womxn will find alternatives such…

WWF’s Living Planet Report shines a spotlight on the alarming decline of wildlife populations

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Worldwide wildlife populations have declined an average of 69 per cent in the years between 1970 and 2018 the World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s latest Living Planet Report reveals in an alarming and devastating publication. The report, based on WWF’s Living Planet Index (LPI) of wildlife species, in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), includes 32,000 populations of more than 5,000 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish, with more than 1,100 of these populations in Australia.  WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman regards the report as a “health check on our planet”, with this latest health check reporting…

Afghanistan girls must go back to school

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According to a new analysis by UNICEF, keeping girls out of secondary school costs Afghanistan 2.5% of its annual gross domestic product. If the current cohort of three million girls were able to complete their secondary education and participate in the job market, girls and women would contribute at least $5.4 billion to Afghanistan’s economy. UNICEF’s estimates do not take into account the non-financial impacts of denying girls access to education, such as upcoming shortages of female teachers, doctors and nurses, the ensuing impact on decreasing attendance for girls in primary school and increasing health costs related to adolescent pregnancy.…

Action on Poverty: Transforming the future of philanthropy

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How pioneering Australian not-for-profit, Action on Poverty, is achieving great global philanthropic impact and inspiring active generosity by redefining ‘traditional’ concepts of charitable giving. Drawing on a 50-year legacy championing bold international development projects as the trusted partner for global changemakers, Action on Poverty is proudly taking on a new challenge to redefine the ‘traditional’ concept of charitable giving, and it is working. Aligned to Action on Poverty’s mission of empowerment, the not-for-profit is encouraging Australians to think about modern giving, showcasing the many ways they can make a profound impact on the issues of global poverty. “In a modern charitable landscape,…

Even wars have laws: CARE implores Ukraine conflict parties to spare hospitals, routes to safety

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AS the war in Ukraine enters its third week, the humanitarian organisation CARE is deeply worried about the protection of civilians caught in the crossfire. “Over the past two weeks, there have been numerous reports of impacts on civilian infrastructure, most recently even on a maternity and paediatric hospital,” CARE’s humanitarian advocacy coordinator Delphine Pinault, said. “Bombs on hospitals that house expecting mothers, newborn babies and children at their most vulnerable, are an unacceptable breach of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law.” Since the beginning of the war, the World Health Organisation has confirmed at least 18 incidences of…

Meals are much more than calories

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WORLD Food Day, an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, aims to tackle and eradicate hunger worldwide, is celebrated globally on October 16. According to a government paper Identifying and responding to food insecurity in Australia released in 2020, estimates suggest between 4 per cent and 13 per cent of the general population and 22 to 32 per cent of the Indigenous population, depending on location, experienced food insecurity. Food insecurity is being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. FareShare, a not-for-profit organisation, rescues surplus food and cooks free, nutritious…

Rural women are vital to enriching rural livelihoods and wellbeing

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BYADUK, population 123, is where Jackie Elliot lives and launched Rural Women’s Day, a registered not-for-profit enterprise that connects rural and regional women through community, collaboration and celebrations. Ms Elliot said she uses the platform to encourage these women to host events to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Rural Women on October 15 each year. “It isn’t as widely covered, and it should be the same celebrations as International Women’s Day in March, which celebrates the achievements of women, whether social, political, economic or cultural,” she said. The RWD organisation is not a membership group but has 8000…

A care-based economy could be the answer to gender equality

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BEYOND COVID-19: A feminist plan for sustainability and social justice was officially launched by UN women on September 16, 2021.  The plan responds to the disproportionate impacts COVID-19 has had on women and girls. UN Women, a United Nations entity working for gender equality, reported women globally have lost 54 million jobs between 2019-2020, making one in five women victim of pandemic-induced job insecurity.   In response to this, its Feminist Plan has modelled an economy that is people centred and amplifies access for women.    UN Secretary-General, Pramila Patten is confident that the plan is an opportunity to change the course…

Iraqi villagers banished over government minister’s ISIS-linked family feud

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NINETY-ONE Iraqi families have been illegally expelled from al-Aetha village north of Baghdad over an alleged ‘familial feud’ involving Defence Minister Juma Inad. Minister Inad has reportedly punished his brother, Abdulrazaq Inad, for marrying the widow of a member allegedly linked to the Islamic State, by confiscating government issued vehicles and forcibly removing families from al-Aetha. Iraqi armed forces transported villagers to one of the camps assembled to house internally displaced persons (IDP) in Nineveh Governate, close to the final battleground of ISIS’s failed push to form a regional caliphate. Human rights groups criticised the Kadhimi administration’s closure of IDP…

Adelaide stands shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan

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HUNDREDS of Adelaideans have demanded the federal government show compassion for Afghanistan. Members of Adelaide’s sizeable Afghan community – who fear for their families and country in the wake of the Taliban takeover – organised a candlelight vigil Saturday night in Victoria Square. Among the attendees were Premier Steven Marshall and Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas, who heard speakers urge the commonwealth to evacuate more people from fallen Kabul and to resettle more refugees in Australia. SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission member Hussain Razaiat warned the federal government not to disappoint Afghans and the Australians who stand with them. “As proud…

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