Action on Poverty: Transforming the future of philanthropy


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


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


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


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


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


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


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…

Australia has a responsibility to Afghan refugees


THE Australian government’s response to the escalating refugee crisis in Afghanistan has been grossly inadequate, argues the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Thousands of Afghans are currently at risk following the Taliban’s takeover of the capital and last remaining stronghold, Kabul. Women, journalists, human rights activists, and ethnic and religious minorities are among those fearing for their lives as the Taliban take control of the country. In a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded that the Australian government would not be able to help all those who had assisted Australian troops. “I know that support won’t reach all…

Pandemic’s dire global impact on education


Governments should act swiftly to redress the harm caused to children’s education in the wake of the unprecedented disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said in a report released this week. Human Rights Watch accompanied its report with an interactive feature exploring common barriers to education exacerbated during the pandemic. The 125-page report, “‘Years Don’t Wait for Them’: Increased Inequalities in Children’s Right to Education Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic,” documents how Covid-related school closures affected children unequally, as not all children had the opportunities, tools, or access needed to keep on learning during the pandemic. The heavy reliance on online learning exacerbated the…

How climate change is hitting the world’s most vulnerable the hardest


23.9 million people were forced from their homes due to weather-related disasters in 2019 – nearly triple the 8.5 million people displaced by conflict in the same year 140 million people could be forced to leave their homes by 2050 World Vision’s land restoration programme (FMNR) is used in over 26 countries and has restored more than15 million hectares of farmland in West Africa alone A tsunami of climate-related disasters could wipe out decades of development progress, World Vision has warned, urging global leaders to respond to the climate change crisis. Almost 24 million people were forced from their homes…

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