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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…

IWDA statement to parliamentary hearing on Myanmar: Australia must do more


International Women’s Development Agency has joined Australian civil society organisations calling for the Australian Government to take further action against the military coup in Myanmar. Women’s rights activists are at the frontline of peaceful protests calling for a federal democracy in Myanmar. They are risking their lives for justice and peace, and the global community must stand with them. On April 13, we shared evidence at an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. Here is the opening statement we delivered: International Women’s Development Agency has partnered with women’s rights organisations from Myanmar since the…

Calls to free detained Thai democracy activists


Thai authorities should immediately release pro-democracy activists detained on charges of insulting the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said today. Prominent Thammasat University students Parit Chiwarak and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul have been on hunger strike to protest their pre-trial detention, for 35 days and 21 days respectively. Human Rights Watch said the charges against Parit, Panusaya, and others should be dropped for violating their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Until then, bail should be provided for all those detained under the lese majeste (insulting the monarchy) law. Hunger strikers should be transferred to a hospital for medical supervision. “Thai authorities should immediately…

Afghanistan: UN Should Ensure Women’s Full Role in Talks


Women should have full participation in the talks between Afghan government officials, opposition political leaders, and the Taliban under United Nations auspices, Human Rights Watch said last week. Human rights advocates in Afghanistan have raised concerns that women and victims’ organizations will be sidelined in the talks, tentatively scheduled for April 16, 2021, in Istanbul. Senior UN officials – notably Secretary-General António Guterres, Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed, the secretary-general’s personal envoy on Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, and the special representative for the secretary-general on Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons – should make a public commitment to fully include women in the main talks, and not only in…

Adani links to Myanmar military exposed in new report


Ties between Adani and the Myanmar military have been revealed in a new report from human rights and activist groups.  Most in Australia are familiar with the name ‘Adani’, with their Carmichael coal mine at the centre of a years-long battle by environmental groups across the country. Now, a joint report by the Australian Centre for International Justice (ACIJ) and Justice For Myanmar has revealed ties between Adani Ports, a subsidiary of the Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group, and the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC), which is operated by the Myanmar military.  Leaked documents show that Adani Ports paid tens of…