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Thursdays in Black: Reading for Life (Part II)

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Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link(s) of the Day:

Pro-Literacy.org
Literacy.org
Books Open the World

Why I Chose These Links:

This month’s Social Justice theme is Literacy and Education. As a lifelong reader and a postgraduate student, these are subjects that are very close to my heart. I can’t imagine not being able to read or write, to not be able to enjoy the blissful feeling of sinking into another world through literature or the joy of expanding my understanding of the world through knowledge. In addition, illiteracy and lack of education are some of the leading contributors to poor economic growth and poverty. Today’s links are international organisations dedicated to helping adult learners improve their literacy all over the world. Check them out and see what you can do to help!

Thursdays in Black: Reading for Life

Thursdays in Black official logo

Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link(s) of the Day:

Adult Literacy Inc. (NZ)
Literacy Aotearoa
NZ Literacy Portal

Why I Chose These Links:

This month’s Social Justice theme is Literacy and Education. As a lifelong reader and a postgraduate student, these are subjects that are very close to my heart. I can’t imagine not being able to read or write, to not be able to enjoy the blissful feeling of sinking into another world through literature or the joy of expanding my understanding of the world through knowledge. In addition, illiteracy and lack of education are some of the leading contributors to poor economic growth and poverty. Today’s links are local: places which are dedicated to helping adult learners improve their literacy all over New Zealand. Check them out and see what you can do to help!

Thursdays in Black: The Worst Form of Violence (Part IV)

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Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link(s) of the Day:

Stand Up Against Poverty 2010
Global Poverty Project
The End of Poverty?
Poverty and Hunger

Why I Chose These Links:

This week’s addition to the Worst Form of Violence series is mostly focused on taking action. Both Stand Up and the GPP are about ways that individual people can commit to reducing poverty, not necessarily through donations. Poverty and Hunger also has information about the different areas where poverty is prevalent, including poverty news, videos and multimedia. The End of Poverty? is an award-winning documentary on the subject which looks like a fantastic watch for those interested:

The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.

I’m hoping to get a copy of it to review before the end of the month. Let’s get active!

Thursdays in Black: The Worst Form of Violence (Part III)

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Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link(s) of the Day:

ONE International
CARE
YGAP: Y Generation Against Poverty
Farmers Fighting Poverty

Why I Chose These Links:

Continuing this month’s theme of Poverty and related associations, I’ve compiled another four links to organisations committed to fighting poverty all over the world. ONE International and CARE are big-name, influential NGOs working to build stable economies from the ground up. Farmers Fighting Poverty focuses on the contribution a solid farming infrastructure can make to reducing poverty, while YGAP is an Australian organisation of Y-Generation men and women volunteering on global projects to help reduce poverty in places such as Rwanda and Africa. From their About page:

YGAP is an entirely volunteer based, not-for-profit organisation that provides an avenue for individuals to become involved in international development. YGAP enables volunteers to join innovative, collaborative and practical initiatives by combining their unique networks, specific vocational skills and common ambition of fighting poverty. Through field-based partnerships, YGAP aims to ‘bridge the gap’ between the aspiration vulnerable children have for an education, with the opportunities available to them. In our work across universities and corporations, YGAP’s vision is to become an outstanding source of inspiration and opportunity for all involved.

Our mission is to offer dynamic and practical opportunities for young, local volunteers to become involved with international development.

If I were in Australia, I’d definitely consider signing up!

Thursdays in Black: The Worst Form of Violence (Part II)

Thursdays in Black official logo

Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link(s) of the Day:

Child Poverty Action Group
OxFam(NZ)
Save the Children
Starved for Attention

Why I Chose These Links:

Continuing last week’s theme, I’ve been digging up sites on Poverty to go with the Social Justice Challenge topic of the month. This week I chose to feature mostly Children’s Poverty. CPAG addresses children in need in my home country, while Oxfam is a more general charity, and Save the Children addresses children’s needs in the US and all over the world, as does the Starved for Attention campaign. Together, these sites are making a difference. From Save the Children:

Our mission is to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in need in the U.S. and around the world.

Our priorities are to ensure that children in need grow up protected and safe, educated, healthy and well-nourished, and  able to thrive in economically secure households.

A collection of necessary links for anyone interested in stemming the tide of poverty.

Thursdays in Black: The Worst Form of Violence

Thursdays in Black official logo

Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link(s) of the Day:

Poverty.com
World Bank: Poverty
Global Issues: Causes of Poverty
GCAP

Why I Chose these Links:

GCAP official logo (C) GCAPThis month’s Social Justice Challenge theme is poverty, and since the hosts for the challenge seem to be AWOL at the moment, I thought I’d devote a couple of my July posts to links related to the topic. Poverty.com is a practical approach to poverty – it is a private website that gives information about what poverty means, the problems it creates, and the ways these can be addressed. The World Bank site gives more reliable facts and figures, while Global Issues looks at the causes of poverty the world over. And, finally, Global Campaign to Action Against Poverty (aka GCAP or the White Band campaign) is the world’s largest coalition against poverty and inequality. In their own words:

The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) is a growing alliance that brings together trade unions, INGOs, the women’s and youth movements, community and faith groups and others to call for action from world leaders in the global North and South to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality.

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We, the GCAP movement, will not rest until we defeat the underlying and structural causes that impoverish and exclude large sections of the population, including women, indigenous peoples, minorities, children, youth, persons with different abilities, people of different sexual orientations, workers, dalits and displaced persons, amongst others.

It’s the best of the above links and the one that, I think, will make the most difference, so I would definitely suggest checking it out and finding out what you can do to help!

Thursdays in Black: Refuge for Refugees

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Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link of the Day:

UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency

Why I Chose this Link:

Hard as it may be to believe for those of us living in relative safety, a staggering number of people do not have the luxury of stability in their environment. Some 43.3 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes by violence or persecution, with almost 1 million new asylum seekers in the past year alone. The UN Refugee Agency was founded in 1950 by the United Nations to help protect and potentially repatriate those forced out of their homes. In their own words:

The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

In more than five decades, the agency has helped people restart their lives.

An important and sadly necessary Agency, whose work should be supported.