Archive | October 2015

Join with Amnesty International and stand in solidarity with women imprisoned in El Salvador

What’s happening?

In El Salvador, women who miscarry or have stillbirths may be accused of abortion or murder, and end up imprisoned for decades. Many face sentences of more than 30 years.

The total ban on abortion in El Salvador means that abortion is a crime even if the woman’s life is at risk, if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or if the foetus is not viable. This has created an atmosphere of suspicion and led to hundreds of arrests.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International are working towards demanding the release of imprisoned El Salvador women.

María Teresa Rivera is serving a 40-year prison sentence in El Salvador. She was 28 years old and was working in a garment factory when one day she felt the urgent need to use the toilet. She was found by her mother-in-law, bleeding on the bathroom floor. She had not known she was pregnant. She was rushed to hospital where a member of staff reported her to the police. Police officers arrived and began questioning María Teresa without a lawyer present. She was later found guilty of aggravated homicide.

You can join with Amnesty International and stand in solidarity with the women jailed in El Salvador after suffering complications with their pregnancies, and demand their immediate release.

When you sign up for this action, Amnesty International will create a key with your name printed on a colourful ribbon attached to it. These keys will be tied to an art sculpture representing our demands for the release of the women.

Amnesty International will share pictures of the sculpture decked with your solidarity keys with the women in prison so that they know they are not alone and not forgotten. The entire art piece will then be delivered to the Minister of Justice and Public Security in El Salvador as we urge him to free the women.

Supporting Amnesty International

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join in this action now and help free imprisoned El Salvador women:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/solidarity-women-imprisoned-el-salvador/

 

You can help stop climate change

What’s happening?

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our chances of winning the fight against hunger. Climate change refers to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather around longer-term average conditions. The scientific consensus on climate change is “that climate is changing and that these changes are in large part caused by human activities,” and it “is largely irreversible.” Climate change affects some of the poorest people like Santos, who lost most of his crops to flooding.

Australia is failing the climate leadership test and risking a future of devastating impacts for Australians and communities around the world. Australia’s proposed post-2020 targets are inconsistent with the internationally agreed goal of limiting warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. They will leave Australia with among the highest per capita emissions and most pollution intensive economy in the developed world.

The science is clear: to safeguard our future and do the right thing by vulnerable communities around the world who are already feeling the very real impacts of climate change, Australia must achieve zero emissions as soon as possible.

Oxfam’s efforts

On 16 October, Oxfam are asking you to stand with Santos, with our sisters and brothers in the Pacific, and with millions of people across the globe who are working together towards a brighter, cleaner and fairer world, where everybody has enough to eat.

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Oxfam and help stop climate change. Send your message to our leaders and ask for a government who makes the right choice for our farmers, the smart choice for our economy and the fair choice for families everywhere. Australia has so much to gain by joining the global momentum towards a zero-carbon future.

Sign now:
https://act.oxfam.org/australia/missinginaction2

 

You can help save Ali from beheading and crucifixion

What’s happening?

Saudi Arabia is planning to behead a 21 year old man and then crucify him to display his body in public. Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was 17 years old when he was arrested, in February, 2012, during anti-government protests. His appeal was recently denied, and the sentence of crucifixion followed by beheading could be carried out at any time.

As he was only 17 when he was arrested and convicted, his execution is prohibited under the Convention of the Rights of the Child that Saudi Arabia has signed up to. Ali was held in prison without evidence and not allowed to speak to a lawyer. He was tortured to extract a confession and was not invited to or informed about an appeal against the death sentence.

Avaaz’s efforts

Saudi Arabia has executed more than 100 people this year, that’s a rate of one every 2 days. Avaaz are now working to put pressure on our governments to in turn speak to Saudi Arabia to stop this execution.

“France has already requested that Saudis stop this execution, but the US, Germany, and the UK also have very cosy relationships with the Saudi regime. The only way to get urgent action is to channel massive public outrage to these leaders who can persuade their Saudi allies.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Avaaz and have your voice heard. Sign up now to save Ali, and share on Facebook, Twitter, email… until we stop this human rights farce. His execution could happen anytime.

“Human rights experts claim his confession was obtained under torture. We call on you to use your strong ties to the Kingdom to urge them to stop his execution.” – Avaaz

Sign the petition now and you can help save Ali:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_saudi_beheadings_24_ajaxssfbt/?pv=62&rc=fb

 

 

Join with Avaaz and help stop the attacks on freedom of expression in Mexico

What’s happening?

Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was just found tortured and murdered, along with human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women. Rubén is the 14th journalist killed in the southern state of Veracruz where governor Javier Duarte has made open threats against reporters. Almost none of these crimes have been solved.

The case of Rubén Espinosa has sent thousands into the streets and set off an explosion in the national and global media. Now Gael García Bernal, Salman Rushdie, Christiane Amanpour and hundreds of journalists, writers and artists have signed an open letter demanding justice for journalists in Mexico murdered for doing their jobs.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz is working on putting together an appeal that will hopefully put an end to the attacks on freedom of expression in Mexico. The open letter is doing a small part, but with our help we can drive this issue home.

“The letter is already making waves with the government, but if we add over a million more names, and get it published on the front page of Mexican media, we can drive it home and show that people from every country in the world stand with the freedom of expression fight in Mexico.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

You can join in the efforts to stop the attacks on freedom of expression in Mexico by adding your name to the petition.

“We demand a full and independent investigation into the murders of the journalist Rubén Espinosa, human rights activist Nadia Vera, and three other women in Mexico City. The governor of Veracruz State, Javier Duarte, should be investigated thoroughly and without delay. We also urge an immediate review of the procedures established to protect reporters’ lives, and to make a swift commitment to guarantee and protect freedom of expression in Mexico!” – Avaaz

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/ruben_global_l/?slideshow