Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

Micah Challenge is a global campaign of Christians speaking out against poverty and injustice. Click here to visit the Micah Challenge website.

  • International Womens Day

    Posted by Amanda

    8 March, 2011

    The international celebration of all things female - International Women's Day - is 100 years old on Tuesday March 8. I can't believe there has been a special day for women since 1911 and yet so much still needs to change to give women and girls an equal place in society. My friends in London or Sydney may think I am exaggerating. After all, girls do better at school than boys, we occupy more places at university and the cliché of privileged mums sipping coffee while their designer babies sleep in designer prams is a "cliché" because it's true! What more could we want? Well, here are my 5 big reasons for supporting a day which highlights women's achievements in all fields and the huge struggles still facing millions of women. 1. Even in affluent countries, women face inequality. Fewer than one in six parliamentarians are women. Ten countries have no women in parliament and 40 others have fewer than one in ten women as elected representatives. In the UK, Only 12.5% of Board members of the top 100 companies (FTSE 100) are women. In the top 250 companies,… read more

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  • Thanks for joining us in prayer as action

    Posted by Marissa

    3 March, 2011

    We hope our 8 day PrayAct campaign has been a rewarding and enriching experience for you as we commit ourselves and our efforts to fight injustice to our great and powerful Creator God. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer over last week - we are convinced it is an essential foundation for the campaign. Thank you for prioritising the time to echo God's heart for the poor; entrusting progress toward the Millennium Development Goals to our God who listens. The whole notion of this prayer campaign was - 'Prayer is action', and it really is. Praying this week was an avenue to defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:9) and appealing to God to act. For me personally, I was absolutely humbled as I prayed each morning. The prayers were a wonderful point of reflection on the way God works according to his loving rule. It has encouraged me to continue the fight against poverty and injustice. I found this passage to be particularly relevant this week: For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no… read more

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  • Prayer is action!

    Posted by John

    20 February, 2011

    National Coordinator, John Beckett invites you to "Pray with us!" on 20-27 Feb 2011 People often thank me because Micah Challenge has given them an opportunity to DO something that makes a difference in response to extreme poverty. We welcome the thanks. Of course, our hope and prayer is that we can mobilise all Christians in Australia to SPEAK and ACT on poverty issues in the public space. We have a voice, a voice that is shaped by the Lordship of Christ. It is a credible voice! Yet in all our activity, in all our work for change, we are committed to one action that should come before, follow after, and run as a thread through, all that we do - the ACT of PRAYER. Prayer is action! Have you ever thought of it that way? Not simply 'pray before you act' or 'pray for the strength to act'. The act is the prayer. And it is the most important and powerful action we perform in our fight against poverty and injustice. What kind of action is it? Prayer is an act of justice. It calls on the God who is just to restore right where there is wrong; wholeness where there is… read more

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  • Is Tony Abbott backing away from his 0.5 committment?

    Posted by Tabitha

    13 February, 2011

    On 21 June Tony Abbott publicly confirmed the coalition's committment to 0.5 figure on the public record, stating " I want to make it very clear that the goal of 0.5 per cent of national income in overseas development aid is a bipartisan one." Here's a video of his speech at Voices for Justice: So it was a little surprising to hear his proposal that we should cut aid to Indonesia to fund the flood levy. Click here to hear to an interview with John Beckett talking about Micah Challenge's position on this issue, on SonshineFM. read more

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