Championing Child Rights in Myanmar

By Catherine Middleton, Programs & Compliance Officer at International Needs Australia In the beautiful but remote mountain villages of Myanmar’s Kayin State, decades of conflict left communities isolated and under-resourced. Despite ongoing human rights challenges across Myanmar, these villagers have slowly become more secure, and are eager to improve their circumstances and promote equality between …

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Early childhood education and development community teachers participating in training under Local Solutions to Poverty program in Gorontalo, Sulawesi island, Indonesia.

Early learning helps break the cycle of poverty

    by Deviana Dewi, Senior Program Manager, Poverty and Social Development at the Australian Embassy, Indonesia November marks my first anniversary working at DFAT – an opportunity to reflect on the work that I have done here. As an Indonesian national working for the Australian Government on multilateral development programs with the World Bank, …

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Breaking the Cycle of Violence Against Women and Girls

In order to break the chain of inter-generational violence, we need to tackle the root causes of violence against women and girls. We need to change the behaviour and attitudes of men, and challenge masculine stereotypes, which make aggression and violence against women acceptable. We need to promote the concept of men as caring fathers and supportive partners. We need more male role models and champions to take action and condemn violence.

Gaining Skills and Building Business—The Pacific Labour Scheme Embraces Diversity

By Nick Volk, Team Leader of the DFAT-funded pastoral care support program, managed by Palladium for the Pacific Microstates – Northern Australia Worker Pilot Program.   I have had the privilege to write about my work with Australia’s labour mobility programs and the achievements of the workers before. Today I would like to talk about …

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Bringing indigenous perspectives to global challenges

 By Sheena Graham, Development Policy Division This year I have the privilege of being an “Ambassador” for the 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum where my multiple identities converge. It starts with my family. When my grandmother was a small child, she was designated a half-caste because she had an Aboriginal mother and an Italian father. …

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Leave No Woman Behind: the vital role women play in disaster planning and responses

 By Hon Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls Over the past year, a few simple words like “#TimesUp” and “#MeToo” have inspired tens of thousands of women around the world to share their stories and advocate their rights. As the movement continues in 2018, I’m keen to use my role as Australia’s …

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