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Social Justice News

For news and resources on specific justice issues (Asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice, Ecological Justice, Economic Justice and Human Trafficking), please proceed to Issues & Advocacy.

marrakesh declaration logoIn January, Muslim leaders released the Marrakesh Declaration, a modern update to Muhammad’s Charter of Medina calling for religious freedom for non-Muslims in majority-Muslim countries and to declare that violence cannot be done in the name of Islam.

women abuseA recently published study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) showed that fleeing domestic and family violence is is a major cause of homelessness in Australia, according to a media release.

women farmersThe discrepancy in gender equality in agriculture is a serious barrier to achieving food and nutrition security, with the role of women neither recognised nor supported, writes Anna-Marie Muller.

Friday, 29 January 2016 12:24

Global report highlights children's rights

world report 2016The Human Rights Watch World Report 2016 is the 26th edition of human rights reviews in more than 90 countries. Among the featured essays that may be of interest in the 659-page report are "Ending Child Marriage" by Nisha Varia and "Children Behind Bars: The Global Overuse of Detention of Children" by Michael Garcia Bochenek.

mining conference 2015In Pope Francis' Lenten message, he talks about the corrupting influence of money and power and points out that caring for the poor, and not just praying for them, is the path to genuine conversion, reports the National Catholic Reporter (NCR).

Monday, 07 December 2015 09:25

A Prayer for Human Rights Day

human rights day 150Human Rights Day, observed every 10th of December, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here is a prayer for Human Rights Day for reflection and sharing.

perth welcomeThe Justice, Ecology and Development Office last month joined hundreds of West Australians in welcoming refugees, migrants and visitors to Australia at a family fun day at John MacMillan Park, reports Jamie O'Brien.

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Father Claude Mostowik msc, Justice Network Coordinator of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), has challenged the national broadcaster, the ABC, on its misleading information on the unstable situation in Jerusalem and the West Bank to the Australian public through its pro-Israel bias even though there has been suffering for both peoples.

sick with worry cvrThe St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has marked Anti-Poverty Week 2015 with the launch of the ‘Sick with worry…’ report containing stories from the front-line of inequality and 14 recommendations for action, as urged by Vinnies CEO John Falzon's moving oration in Canberra.

Monday, 12 October 2015 12:37

2015 Anti Poverty Week

apw-logo-2015Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship, established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.

territories-of-life-150The Territories of Life toolkit is a free resource of 10 short videos to bring stories of resistance, resilience and hope to communities on the frontline of the global rush for land, aiming to spark discussions and help build capacity of communities facing the loss of land rights.

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Father Claude Mostowik msc, Justice Network Coordinator of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), has criticised the move by Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to seek a place for Australia's membership on the United Nations Security Council or on the UN Commission for Human Rights amid the government's appalling treatment of asylum seekers in offshore detention centres.

Monday, 28 September 2015 10:44

Get involved in Sustainable Development Goals

global goals150World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change in the next 15 years. Get informed and get everyone involved.

soc justice statement 2015 cvrCRA Justice Network Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc, speaking as President of Pax Christi Australia, has called on the Australian government to give much-needed financial aid for food and medical supplies to civilians in Syria instead of extending bombing raids on IS targets.

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150CRA Justice Network Coordinator, Fr Claude Mostowik msc, has written to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, over his joke about rising sea levels in Pacific Island Nations, urging him to be informed on the issue, listen to voices of Pacific peoples and make a public apology.

praying handsLost for words in prayer at the enormity of the refugee crisis? Looking for a prayerful response to the devastating stories on refugees, war and displacement and other justice issues?

W Papua Report cvrOn August 15, 1962, the future of West Papua was determined by the Netherlands, Indonesia and the USA in the so-called “New York Agreement”. The voice missing was that of the West Papuan people. Read an eyewitness report of a recent visit to West Papua by Peter Arndt.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 20:33

Partnerships for peace and compassion

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150It may be hard to imagine how Fr Claude Mostowik msc could do more to build partnerships for social justice advocacy, but he’s aiming to do even more as CRA’s new Justice Network Coordinator.

Monday, 03 August 2015 12:40

Homelessness Prevention Week

HPW Poster 150jpgOn any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless. Homelessness Prevention Week, observed on 3-9 August 2015, calls on Australians to help end homelessness.

PopeFrancis150The Pope's address at the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Bolivia urged his audience to say "No" to an "economy of exclusion and inequality" in favour of a Christian model that meets the needs of every person. Read the Pope's strongest call yet for social justice.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 18:04

A voice for the voiceless

Sr Jane Keogh csm congressIn her address at the 2015 Australian Catholic Communications Congress, Sister Jane Keogh csb shared her personal story as a Brigidine Sister, teacher and social justice advocate and urged Catholic media delegates to be a voice for the poor and persecuted.

Sr Denise Desmarchelier ibvmLoreto Sister Denise Desmarchelier is starting a social justice program to help Adelaide parishes respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable locally and to cast an eye wider to social injustice on a national and global scale, writes Rebecca DiGirolamo.

Monday, 13 April 2015 15:56

Domestic disaster

domesticviolence-150x150Brisbane Good Samaritan Sister Bernardina Sontrop hopes the latest State Government report on domestic violence can help slow the spread of an epidemic that claimed 17 lives in Queensland from 2012 to 2013, writes Peter Dobbyn.

Monday, 02 March 2015 10:00

International Women's Day

UN women150Celebrated globally on 8 March, International Women’s Day, will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain.

Friday, 20 February 2015 11:24

2015 World Day of Social Justice

acrath small posterThe theme for this year's World Day of Social Justice focuses on ending human trafficking and forced labour. All are encouraged to support efforts in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

Monday, 15 December 2014 21:18

Thank you

Sr Suzette Clark rsc 150As Sister Suzette Clark rsc moves on from her role as Justice Network Coordinator at CRA, she offers her thanks for all the support and prayerful participation in the National Lament.

Monday, 17 November 2014 23:43

Our commitment to justice

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150CRA President Sister Berneich Loch rsm reaffirms the importance of advocacy on behalf of those who suffer discrimination and injustice and the CRA Council's committment to support collaboration among its members in matters of justice and advocacy.

Pope Francis 150Pope Francis has sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbot ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, calling for the proceedings to lead to real improvements in living conditions of the poor, reduction of inequality and in particular, to show solidarity and generosity to refugees.

the wayof peaceThe Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice has launched an online resource to enable Christian reflection and response during the time of the Anzac Centenary and beyond.

helping the worldThe International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be celebrated on 17 October 2014 with the theme, "Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty."

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