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 […]

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

    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, […]

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.

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 […]

At the International Women’s Development Agency, supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program, we work alongside local partners in Asia and the Pacific to ensure women have an equal say and power over the decisions that affect their lives.

The International Day of the Girl Child 2018 respectfully draws attention for the need to support today’s generation of girls as they enter the world of work, both in terms of education and skills, and the human right to protection from discrimination and violence.

 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. […]