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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  • Carlyn Chen talks about Micah Challenge campaign achievements

    Posted by Micah

    23 September, 2010

    Voices for Justice Coordinator, Carlyn Chen, talks about the impact the Micah Challenge campaign is making in Australia. Voices for Justice from CPX on Vimeo. read more

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  • 5th Birthday Party Report

    Posted by Micah

    1 June, 2010

    By Carlyn Chen, TEAR Australia From market stalls to city squares, from jumping castles to church morning teas, "Survive Past Five Birthday Parties" are being thrown in all shapes and sizes aroundthe country. Micah Challenge is focusing on the two Millennium Development Goals that are most at risk of not being achieved - Goal 4, Reduce Child Mortality, and Goal 5, Improve Maternal Health. Recent reports have shown progress towards both of these goals, but there is still much more to be done to hit the targets set in the year 2000. Australia still does not contribute its fair share to achieving these goals - so our communities are speaking up. Grassroots campaigners use "Survive Past 5 Birthday Parties" to communicate creatively to our MPs that Australians want our nation's leaders to keep their commitments to the global poor. The celebratory aspects of the parties affirm the importance of children and set a vision for a world where every child can survive beyond the first five high-risk years of life. The serious aspects call people to speak up - to those… read more

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