I'm walking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in support of all three reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. I urge you to make the following non-partisan reforms a top priority:
World Vision came out strongly in support of the Uluru Statement in 2017 because:
So it's natural that World Vision stands alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples supporting their calls for change.
The first 1000 days of anyone's life is absolutely critical. Without access to locally-run playgroups and support for parents, Indigenous children can fall behind in developmental milestones. We partner with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and employ local women who facilitate playgroups to support children and parents, conducted in both traditional language and English to increase "both-ways" learning.
When we invest in a child’s early years, we invest in their future.
Doonooch Dance Group perform for the Young Mob camp and provide ochre face paint for participants.
The Young Mob is an 8-week leadership program which enables urban Aboriginal youth to gain skills in public speaking and leadership to improve confidence and self-esteem. It also offers opportunities for them to learn more about their Aboriginal culture, reinforcing their Aboriginal identity.
Climate change and environmental degradation are among the greatest challenges facing humanity. The poorest people in the world are the least responsible for the emissions causing global warming but are being the hardest hit by climate change impacts.
World Vision Australia has deep concerns over the development, economic and humanitarian implications of a changing climate. As a child-focused organisation, we believe that sustainable child wellbeing and human development depends on a healthy natural environment.
World Vision calls on the Australian Government to reduce its emission and increase assistance to our neighbours to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
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The protection and development needs of children is not currently a priority for Australian aid.
Children not only make up half the world’s poor, they are individuals with rights, citizens, consumers, the human capital of tomorrow dependent on adults for support, protection and for their welfare.
Deliberately investing in children early and monitoring the impact that Australian aid has on children will enable us to strengthen our contribution to the attainment of children’s rights and to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.
World Vision Australia calls on the Australian Government to put children at the centre of our aid program. Establish a special Children's Rights Unit to oversee children’s rights across all thematic areas of our Aid Program, to account for and help to track our investment in children.
Ask your local MP to put Children First in Australian aid programs <link>