A simple act of humanity

The actor Aaron Pedersen got it in one.

When Australians get a chance to come together and vote at a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our Constitution, he said earlier this year, it  would be “a simple act of humanity.” He’s right.Continue Reading

A desitiny together: Justice for Australia’s First Peoples

In July 2012 in Adelaide, the members of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia listened to members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) tell stories about the effects of the Federal Stronger legislation (and before that) on their lives and the lives of their communities.Continue Reading

Girl’s Education: Breaking the cycle of conflict and poverty

Adela in class at Charbagh-E-Safa Girls High School in Jalalabad.

Adela in class at Charbagh-E-Safa Girls High School in Jalalabad.

Afghanistan is one of the hardest places in the world to be educated if you are a girl. Thirty years of chronic instability and conflict, and the almost   complete lack of educational opportunities for children under the Taliban, have had a dramatic impact on children’s education and wellbeing in Afghanistan.

But things are changing. Afghan women and local communities are confronting injustice all over the country and education is  proving to be the key to a better future.Continue Reading