Australian youth delegates head to Geneva to share refugee young peoples' ideas for a better future
Four Australian youth delegates are in Geneva this week with MYAN Australia National Coordinator, Nadine Liddy, and representatives from RCOA. They have put youth issues front and centre during the Global Refugee Youth Consultations and when making presentations at the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement and UNHCR NGO consultations.
Sarah, Elizabeth, Arif and Arash in Geneva this week. (Photo credit: Sarah Yahya, Elizabeth Lang, MYAN Australia, Arash Bordbar)
Youth delegates in the media
Arash Broadbar was featured in ABC media coverage sharing what has inspired him to take young people's messages to the UN.
Arif Hazara spoke to ABC Melbourne about using the trip to Geneva to highlight the importance of education for young refugees and asylum seekers.
Keep up to date with the youth delegates in Geneva by following us on Twitter @MYANAustralia
Young people (from LR: ACT, WA, QLD, and NSW) taking part in some of the global refugee youth consultations held across Australia between February and May 2016.
MYAN release Federal Election 2016 Policy Platform
Leadership needed to build on strength of young people’s diversity
Speaking on the release, the MYAN National Coordinator, Nadine Liddy, said “all candidates in this election have a responsibility to lead with innovative and concrete policies that ensure young people can unlock opportunities that lead to full participation.”
The MYAN are pleased to be part of a special interest group on refugee education which formed with the aim to ensure education opportunities are accessible for students from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds – helping them to build better lives in Australia.
Along with hosting regular meetings, the group launched a public webpage as part of World Refugee Day celebrations. The webpage includes resources, information about and contacts for a range of people working within the education and refugee/asylum seeker environments, as well as an opportunity to get involved in the group’s advocacy work.
Ziagul Sultani puts rural refugee youth on the agenda at international conference
Ziagul gave an informative and inspiring presentation on refugee youth settlement in regional Australia at last month's Triennial and International Conference of the Settlement Council of Australia. For more on the conference visit www.scoa.org.au
On 20 April 2016 the national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children, Stop it at the Start, was launched and received overwhelming support from the Australian community.
The campaign targets attitudes and behaviours of adults and includes plenty of advice for parents, family members, teaches, coaches and managers on how to have a positive influence on the young people in their lives by setting the standard for what is and isn’t acceptable, right from the start. Visit www.respect.org.au
As the election approaches the MYAN is pleased to see some sharp analysis and strong advocacy on key issues and policy areas from our colleagues across Australia.
FECCA has released a statement calling for a national policy platform that governs for all Australians. Specifically, FECCA is asking for a commitment to a suit of policies that acknowledge that cultural, linguistic and religious characteristics require specific, inclusive and targeted programs that promote citizenship, access, equity and participation, and ensure no one is excluded or left behind. Read more
ACOSS are calling on the major parties to address the primary drivers of poverty and inequality in Australia. Economic growth needs to be inclusive to lift the living standards of people who have the least. Read more.
In their analysis of key election issues, ARACY and Youth Action are sending a clear message that young people are a powerful group and cannot be ignored. After asking almost 3,400 young people what they want from the election in 2016, these organisations found that asylum seekers, marriage equality, and climate change outrank education, health, unemployment, housing affordability, and tax reform in importance according to young Australians. Read more.
The Foundation for Young Australians' election platform says the world is changing for young people and the nation's leaders must support young people to overcome present and future challenges. FYA's platform focuses on education in emerging skills young people will need to gain employment, pathways for young people in regional Australia, and the need to support innovation. Read more.
In the meantime...
AYAC have launched a campaign to calling on all of us to demand our leaders to show they value young people. You can share your vision for the future and tell our politicians to put #youthontheagenda here.
If you’re aged 16-22, and live outside the big cities, enter your story in the Heywire competition and be part of something big. Entries close 16 September 2016. For more information click here
DonateLife Week 2016 - 31st July to 7th August
Some Australians are unsure about whether their religious or cultural background supports organ and tissue donation. DonateLife Week is a campaign aiming to encourage Australian's to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online. To support people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in deciding about and discussing organ and tissue donation, there are a range of culturally appropriate and in-language resources available here.
The Australian Child Rights Taskforce has released a report to mark 25 years since Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, agreeing to a set of standards and obligations for all children. The report considers the progress for children across a number of key social policy areas. Report available at www.childrights.org.au
The Family and Safety Pack
Department of Social Services (DSS) has released the Family Safety Pack in an additional 24 languages, bringing the total number of languages to 46.
The Family Safety Pack aims to address violence against women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds by providing information about Australia’s laws and a woman’s right to be safe. It includes a number of resources including factsheets and storyboards. The pack is suitable for men and women coming to Australia. The pack is an initiative of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Find out more about the National Plan here.
My Blue Sky: Forced marriage prevention website
My Blue Sky is Australia’s first website dedicated to forced marriage prevention, information, referrals and legal advice. The website is a portal for information and direct legal assistance through phone, text message, email and a secure online locker room, for individuals facing forced marriage and those who support them. Visit www.mybluesky.org.au for more information on the prevention of forced marriage.
My Rights - My Future
This forced marriage kit for Australian secondary schools contains 15 learning sessions and all resource materials necessary for implementing high quality learning experiences for students from Year 9 - 12. The Kit is a direct result of the 2015 forced marriage curriculum Australian pilot project, which involved nine schools across three states.
Download the Kit from mybluesky.org.au > 'Learn More' > 'Resources' > 'Download' "Resources for teachers and high school students on forced marriage produced by ACRATH".