Australia’s Shame

Although Papua New Guineans are seen to be taking this action there should be no mistake that this is the result of the Australian Government’s hard line on refugees and immigrants who arrived by boat seeking save haven. Instead they have been incarcerated for years. Australia is culpable and its actions regarding those arriving by sea are inexcusable and horrific. A shame on the nation.

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Grief – Coping with loss, death and dying

Loss in life is often a precursor of grief. It happens at some time to most of us. Don’t be stubborn and attempt to cope on your own. You don’t have to do so and you will ease your burden if you choose to share it. However only you can choose to make that decision. Of course, relatives, friends and neighbours can be a valuable source of support but sometimes…

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Nearly 100 million girls … Menstrual Hygiene

The 28th of May is marked as Menstrual Hygiene Day.  Its aim is to draw attention to the lack of appropriate menstrual hygiene facilities for girls and women in many countries around the World. One consequence of failure to provide such facilities is that it is a major contributor to the fact that almost 100 million girls do not attend high school, Menstrual hygiene is NOT just an issue for…

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The ‘tampon tax’ is not a marginal issue – it’s the force of structural sexism at work | Gabrielle Jackson | Opinion | The Guardian

In New York they have just repealed the tax on mentstrual products as a matter of social justice. This tax on being a woman is insulting to us all Source: The ‘tampon tax’ is not a marginal issue – it’s the force of structural sexism at work | Gabrielle Jackson | Opinion | The Guardian

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Body image and women’s sport.

We know that exercise is good for us. We know that sport can be uplifting, social, and confidence building. Why is it, then that still, in 2016, so many girls and women (and not a few men) are put off participating in sport because of poor self-image caused by debilitating stereotypes? Stand in a busy street or shopping mall for an hour and look at the people around you. It…

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As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

The teenage years are difficult and confused times for most of us. For children whose heritage and lifestyle does not match the mainstream social and cultural norms, that time must be even more difficult than most of us can imagine. Instead of producing a synthesis of indigenous and invader/immigrant cultural mores and traits and growing as a society to one of greater tolerance and understanding and in which compassion and…

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Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it

What is sanity? What is mentally well? One of the confounding aspects of the label “mentally ill” and the stigma attached to it is that we can’t, with any certainty, answer these questions. The reality is that we are speaking of difference, and much of humanity fears difference. The result is that we deride it, isolate it and, paradoxically, give a group label to those who exhibit it, as “crazy”…

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We are human.  How humanitarian are we?

Most of us are aware of the unprecedented levels of human conflict and suffering that exist in today’s world. We are also aware of the severe inequities in living standards, health, education, housing, access to water, sewerage and the like. We have seen, though not really acknowledged, the obscenity of 53 men and 9 women owning as much wealth as half of the World’s population, i.e 3.6 Billion people. Yes,…

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