Archive | June 2016

Join with Amnesty International to protect the rights of all women and girls

 

What’s happening?

Women and girls’ right to make their own decisions about sex, relationships and pregnancy is under threat right now:

Teodora, a young mother in El Salvador, is serving a 30-year prison sentence for “aggravated homicide” after suffering a stillbirth.

Like most girls in Tanzania, Rahema never had the chance to learn about sex education. When she got pregnant at age 16, she was considered a “bad influence” and forced to quit school.

In Nepal, Nirmala was married at age 13 to a man who beat her. At 14, she had her first child.

Teodora, Rahema and Nirmala are among the millions of girls and women whose sexual and reproductive rights are violated every day.

World leaders came together at the UN in 2015 and promised to provide universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. This was part of an ambitious set of 17 global targets, called the Sustainable Development Goals, to end poverty, fight inequality, and address climate change by 2030. To make these goals a reality, governments must be held responsible for their commitments through strong accountability measures at the global and national levels.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Join with Amnesty International in calling on all UN Member states to match their bold promises in the Sustainable Development Goals with robust plans for monitoring and reviewing progress—in order to protect the human rights of all, especially women and girls. Demand that governments protect the human rights of women and girls everywhere.

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

Take action today:

“To succeed in lifting billions out of poverty, I believe all governments—from the wealthiest to the poorest—must be held responsible to their people and the global community for their commitments under the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They must match their bold promises to “leave no one behind” with real progress …”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/governments-protect-women-girls-sustainable-development-goals/

 

Join with Oxfam to call for action on climate change

 

What’s happening?

We’re witnessing climate inaction and we want change. In 2016 we have witnessed some forceful examples of climate change in action: Temperature records shattered; unprecedented bleaching of the reef; the devastation of Cyclone Winston; and the havoc wrought by a super-charged El Niño. Families and farmers around the world are being hit hard by the brutal impacts of climate change and our Pacific neighbours are on the front line.

Oxfam’s efforts

Last year in Paris, we reached a landmark global agreement for tackling climate change. And on 22 April, world leaders will be in New York to formally sign the Paris Agreement, but Australia is still failing the climate leadership test while our Pacific neighbours are displaying extraordinary leadership and driving real climate solutions. Australia has so much to gain by embracing a pollution-free, clean energy future. It’s time to stop being part of the problem and be part of the solution. As we head towards a Federal election, a clear majority of Australians want the Government to commit to stronger action on climate change. We can create a fairer world by cutting pollution and funding solutions for the people living on the frontline of climate change.

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

Get behind those on the frontline of climate change. Tell our leaders that you want change.

“Along with the majority of Australians, I want change. I will be voting for a party that can commit to working towards a cleaner, brighter future for all by:

  • 1- The rapid decarbonisation of the Australian economy
  • 2- A substantial increase in support to developing countries
  • 3- Finding solutions for our region’s most vulnerable communities.”

Take action for climate change today:

https://www.climatefrontline.org/

 

 

 

Join with Animals Australia to stop koalas becoming industrial casualties

 

What’s happening?

Logging companies that export timber and woodchips for paper production overseas have been exposed for recklessly felling the homes of vulnerable wildlife. When footage of maimed and dead koalas was aired on television in 2013, one of the companies involved denied any animals were being killed — before ultimately being forced to make a public apology. New footage has emerged that has once again exposed the grave risk to koalas when the self-regulating logging industry is left to its own devices.

Animals Australia’s efforts

With dwindling natural habitats, some koalas turned to Blue Gum plantations for refuge. But when logging began in these plantations, an animal welfare disaster unfolded. With no apparent plan to relocate the local inhabitants, and without any government monitoring, trees were simply being cut down with animals still in them.

Volunteer wildlife carers struggled to keep up with the number of casualties — koalas suffering from broken limbs and backs, severed arms and impact wounds. Many more don’t even survive the fall. Witnesses described injured koalas still on the felled trees as they were pulled through the shredders. The Victorian Department for Environment & Primary Industries has since admitted that they rely on timber companies to self-report wildlife issues. And yet one of the major companies responsible continued to deny there was anything wrong until this cruelty was publicly exposed.

What’s clear is that self-regulation is failing, and stronger protection for wildlife is needed. At a minimum, the detection, capture and relocation of koalas (and other at risk wildlife) needs to occur under government supervision before forest areas are logged.

Supporting Animals Australia

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

Be a voice for koalas and other wildlife. Please call on the Victorian Ministers responsible to introduce stronger protection for wildlife, so that this never happens again.

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/koalas-under-threat/

 

 

Join with Avaaz and support the women of Somalia

 

What’s happening?

200 million women and girls in 30 countries across the world have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is the deliberate mutilation of female genitalia. This is often the removal or cutting of the labia and clitoris. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes FGM as any procedure that injures the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The WHO states that there are no health benefits to FGM – removing and damaging healthy female genital tissue interferes with the natural function of women and girls’ bodies. The health consequences can be high-risk and vary from immediate problems to long-term, damaging effects. In Somalia, where an astounding 98% of girls are cut, the Minister for Women is developing a ban right now. Local experts say that a global wave of support for nationwide zero tolerance could help win an outright ban on this cruel practice in weeks!

Avaaz’s efforts

When Avaaz staff delivered our petition to Somalia’s Prime Minister, the Minister of Women and Human Rights and the Minister of Foreign Affairs – they all joined us by signing it! The ban still needs to be passed by the parliament. Puntland, in northeast Somalia, just proposed a full ban, and there is precedent of the central government adopting their progressive legislation. If enough of us praise these bold leaders for taking a stand for girls now, we can bolster their initiatives, and help push through a law in this next Parliament.

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

Send your message to Hassan Mohamoud, President of Somalia, Omar Sharmarke, Prime Minister, and Zahra Samantar, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development:

“As global citizens concerned about the rights of girls and women, we want to congratulate you on your push to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia. We fully commend the total ban proposal by the government of Puntland and encourage the central government to consider urgent comprehensive legislative action. If Somalia enacts a full ban law now, and follows with massive public education campaigns, it could become the champion to lead the world to zero tolerance.”