31 August, 2012

Overdose Awareness Day Today!

31st August
At least one Australian dies every day as a result of opioid overdose, without counting deaths due to alcohol or other drugs. This day commemorates those who died as a result of drug overdose and the grief felt by their families and friends.
Read more about OAD | Losing Shane, featured in Warcry | overdoseday.com

29 August, 2012

Go Back To Where You Came

As most of you will be aware, the second series of SBS's Go Back To Where You Came From airs tonight. Amnesty International and the Refugee Council have been working with SBS to make sure that the show has as much impact as possible. 

As part of this, we've created a simple outline of the SBS' social media plans to help organisations help their members and supporters engage in the discussion in the most effective way. Like last year we know the show will generate a lot of online discussion and interest - so there are lots of opportunities to be involved on social media and on the SBS website. Please find an outline attached. 

Also available is the Go Back school pack http://www.sbs.com.au/goback/schools (please let me know if you would like a hard copy) and the opportunity to attend/host a Go back live screening http://www.sbs.com.au/goback/events

16 August, 2012

Join us to celebrate this year’s United Nations World Humanitarian Day

Join us to celebrate this year’s United Nations World Humanitarian Day with a public forum to discuss Australia’s contribution to humanitarian efforts worldwide and pay tribute to Australian aid workers. The forum is held in partnership with AusAID, UNHCR, Oxfam Australia, Australian Red Cross, RedR and Humanitarian Crisis Hub.

Please extend this invitation to your colleagues, friends and networks.
World Humanitarian Day is a celebration of people helping people. It encourages us to reflect on our own lives and what more we as individuals, communities and governments can do to help those enduring conflict, disaster and hardship.
Guest speakers include:
• Peter Baxter, Director-General, AusAID
• Richard Towle, Regional Representative, UNHCR, Regional Office for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific
• Meg Quartermaine, Humanitarian Operations Manager, Oxfam Australia
• Bob Handby, Water and Sanitation Manager, Australian Red Cross
• Alan McLean, CEO, RedR Australia

• Beth Eggleston, Humanitarian Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia
Date: Wednesday 22 August
 5.30pm to 7.30pm
 BMW Edge, Federation Square Melbourne
Free event. RSVP Essential. 

07 August, 2012

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

9 August 2012

2012 Theme: "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices"

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).
In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2015, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.”
The focus of this year’s International Day is"Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices".
The theme aims to highlight the importance of indigenous media in challenging stereotypes, forging indigenous peoples' identities, communicating with the outside world, and influencing the social and political agenda.
A special event at UN Headquarters in New York on 9 August will feature speakers and videos of indigenous media organizations, with a live webcast. On Twitter, use #UNIndigenousDay for regular updates and for sending questions to panel members in the days leading up to and during the event.