Advocacy – MDC Event Summary

Melbourne Development Circle May 2014 Event – Advocacy

Event Summary kindly written by Jane Perry


Outline of evening

The was held on May 6 at the Drill Hall, Therry St. Pictured: Olivia Greenwell during her presentation

Kelly Rae, MDC Convenor and MC for the evening, welcomed everyone and explained that the event would be interactive, with opportunities to share ideas and strategise with others about championing social change.

The activities kicked off with “Elevator Pitch”, where audience members each pitched an idea to someone for 30 seconds to convince the other person that “all people should wear yellow on Mondays”. The arguments used were varied, creative and persuasive. Continue reading

Walk With Us festival this May – Fed Square

Walk with Us:  Djilpin Arts, the Northern Territory’s globally recognised Aboriginal Corporation located at the remote Beswick (Wugularr) community on the south-west border of Arnhem Land, brings a rich and ancient tapestry of indigenous culture to Federation Square on Thursday 22 & Friday 23 May.

The two day Walk With Us festival showcases traditional song and dance, the first solo exhibition from innovative fibre artist Dorothy BienuwangaNew Works in Fibre and etchings, silk screens and Japanese woodblock limited edition fine art prints from North-East and West Arnhem Land artists – The Gapu Print Survey – Billabong Series,and the world premiere of Kundirri, a documentary on the life and legacy of artist, musician and custodian, David Blanasi.

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Apply Now – Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program

Introducing the light to a familyPollinate Energy has opened applications for the next Bangalore Young Professionals Program! Pollinate Energy is a social business bringing affordable clean technology to urban poor communities in India.

The Young Professionals Program is a two-week practical experience in social enterprise in India. You will work side by side with a Pollinator and your Young Indian Professional counterpart to support the Pollinator as they roll out new water and sanitation products (including support with technical expertise, strategies to improve sales processes, and customer education).

The outcome of this program is to ensure that your pollinator is appropriately skilled and capable of leading their own business operations with these new products after your departure. You will also attend training sessions equipping them with the skills to visualise career progression and to succeed in senior roles.

Are you the next agent for change? Applications close May 30th, for more information and to apply click here.

“The Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program is a ‘must do’ for anyone even remotely curious about changing the world for the better. I learnt more about India, poverty, social business and myself during the 2 week program than I have in the last 2 years!”

– Holly Hyder, YPP 2013, Pollinate Energy Ambassador

The Future of Aid

The Brisbane Development Circle and the Future of Aid

By Samantha Ryan

On February 27 Brisbane Development Circle (BDC) partnered with The Edge, part of the State Library of Queensland, to present an event called “The Future of Australian Aid”. BDC started the year’s program of events talking about the shifting environment in development at a local, national and international level and what this means for our own practice, the sector and the communities that will be impacted. While we don’t have the answers to all these questions, we began with what we already knew and started to think about the way forward and our resilience as a sector.
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Will you stand #WithSyria? Tomorrow @ FedSquare

Be part of a global movement to end the violence in Syria after three years of conflict. 

Facebook-highlight-1On Friday 14 March at Federation Square, Australians will gather together for a vigil to stand with the people of Syria.

The conflict in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st Century. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including 11,000 children. 2.5 million people are living as refugees. Continue reading

Vic MUN 2014 Conference a Great Success

Students unite to debate global affairs

by Rebecca Gaskin, Co Secretary General, Vic MUN 2014  & Model UN Officer

From the 21st to 23rd of February, students from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland gathered at La Trobe University to take part in the second annual Victorian Model United Nations conference. Under the theme of Access and Action, students looked into the barriers people face globally on accessing their inalienable human rights.

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Melbourne member review – March 2014

Beginning in March 2014, the Melbourne Development Circle is publishing a member review of our events. This review has both a profile of the member and a little information about the event for us to look back on. Our first member review is from Wendy Poussard, co-founder of the International Women’s Development Agency.

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Using our Heads, Hearts and Hands: SDC Cook-in for Community at Our Big Kitchen

Article by Lila Kennelly, Sydney Development Circle (SDC)

It was a cold, wet day when the SDC community took to Our Big Kitchen for SDC’s first social event of the year. A diverse group of people from a range of backgrounds braved the weather and joined forces to prepare meals for House of Welcome. Friendly faces (complete with name tags, aprons and caps) filled the room, and the rainy weather was soon forgotten. Continue reading

Half the Sky – International Women’s Day Celebration

20140212_HTS485International Women’s Development Agency will hold a night of celebration and conversation in Melbourne to mark International Women’s Day 2014.

Join the conversation about the future of women and girls in our region and globally, with keynote speakers Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash; and Ms Sam Mostyn, President of the Australian Council for International Development, non-executive board director and AFL Commissioner. Continue reading

Inspiring Change: Celebrate International Women’s Day

Inspiring Change: Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Humanitarian Crisis Hub

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IWD Event Poster – Melbourne

You are invited to Humanitarian Crisis Hub’s International Women’s Day celebration events, as part of our Women Leading Change program.

In both Melbourne and Sydney, we will be bringing together diaspora women and their organisations to talk on the contribution that women make to building peace, human rights and development in their countries of origin, particularly countries affected by war and conflict. We will be celebrating International Women’s Day under the theme of Inspiring Change.

We would very much welcome your participation and contribution, so please do come along and enjoy the afternoon with us. It will be a chance to hear more about what diaspora women activists and organisations are doing from Australia and how they can be better supported by aid agencies, civil society and government in their work.

** SYDNEY **
Saturday 1st March
Unions NSW, 
Level 5, 20 Wentworth Street
Featuring presentations from diaspora women’s organisations, discussion panels, guests from the humanitarian sector and the chance to meet with women’s organisations.
Saturday 1st March
The Multicultural Hub
506 Elizabeth Street
(Opposite Queen Victoria Market)
Featuring speakers from women’s organisations, invited guests from the humanitarian sector, discussion, and performances by the Boite’s Iranian Women’s Choir and the Breathing Space women’s choir.
In Victoria, this event is proudly supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. 
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Our Women Leading Change network seeks to support women from diaspora communities who are campaigning for human rights and peace in their communities in Australia and in their country of origin. We support them with advocacy strategy development, how to engage the media, organisational development and networking opportunities to link in with the government and humanitarian sector.

The Humanitarian Crisis Hub works in Australia with people from countries affected by war and conflict who promote the human rights of people in their countries of origin.  We support diaspora community initiatives; provide resources, information and training; facilitate dialogue and shared learning; build networks; and seek to amplify community voices at local, national and international levels.