Healing

There is so much happening in our busy lives that we can forget to stop and take a moment to heal ourselves. Personally I find myself on a short fuse usually until I explode which usually leads me to say and do things I regret.

BE KIND, FORGIVE, BE GRATEFUL

RECONCILIATION ALLIES

I have established a Facebook Group for Non Indigenous to support RECONCILIATION. Very important to me. Based on Self Determination, Respect, Peace and Change.

Reconciliation will be a long journey with big goals. It is a conversation with all of Australia. We need to listen and learn.

Politicians have blocked the Uluru Statement but Australians support the Self Determination included in this statement. Not all do support it but it is supported by the majority of Indigenous and is being supported by Great People, Megan Davis and Michael Mansell.

Metoo and NOW

Metoo and NOW campaigns are fantastic in highlighting problems with Gender Inequality and Sexual Harrassment. It seems to me that publicity is regarding the well off women. Acttresses etc. Very concerned that the situation for low income earners is included.

Sexual Harassment is the legal term for ‘harassment ‘in the workplace. So harassment outside the workplace is not covered by the term.

Women are the majority of employees in the low income positions. Cooks, cleaners, caeres, shop assistants etc.a lot of women work for their partner. Considering Refugees sponsered to work in Regional Areas are reluctant to complain for obvious reasons.

In Education, women are over represented in the lower paying or TAFE courses. It is brilliant that women are enrolling perhaps due to requiring quick qualifications. Education is a necessity to end the poverty cycle

Some Universities have recently addressed harassment but TAFE ? Cuts in TAFE funding adversely effect women.

So employment, university are acting. What happens with harassment at schools. School counselors I suppose. Male entitlement is where this starts. Young males manipulating young females with lies and intimidating them to engage in sexual activity. Outside legal sexual harassment but tis harassment surely.

Is there a link between Domestic Violence and Sexual Harrassment?

Again surely just legal wordplay. Ex partners using sex to increase child access or to reduce maintenance is harrassment..the legal definition of domestic violence includes sexual assault

Manipulation by using the Differential In Power or Income by men is underreported

Finally Indigenous women are left out in discussions re Harassment and Inequality. Communities are often patriarchal so listening to the needs of Aboriginal Women is important.

Inequality in health impacts Rural and particularly Indigenous Women. Health care by internet is an issue due to cost of data and access in remote areas.

This is not my story, I am male and city dweller but I have an adult daughter so I support women empowerment. Thank you to NOW Australia for this oppourtunity


The 2016 PSS collected information about men’s and women’s lifetime experiences of sexual harassment.

  • Two in five people (39% or 7.2 million) aged 18 years and over experienced sexual harassment during their lifetime.
  • One in two women (53% or 5 million) and one in four men (25% or 2.2 million) had experienced sexual harassment during their lifetime.
  • In the last 12 months, one in six women (17% or 1.6 million) and one in eleven men (9.3% or 836,700) experienced sexual harassment.
  • For both men and women, younger age groups were more likely than older persons to experience sexual harassment in the 12 months. Approximately 38% of women (421,400) and 16% of men (185,200) aged 18-24 years had experienced sexual harassment in the 12 months prior to the survey.

Changes since 2012 Endnote 6

  • The proportion of women experiencing sexual harassment in the 12 months prior to the survey has increased from 15% in 2012 to 17% in 2016.
  • The proportion of men experiencing sexual harassment in the 12 months prior to the survey has increased from 6.6% in 2012 to 9.3% in 2016.

United Southern Nations (USN)

Today I have lauchned USN to help the Nations in the Southern Hemisphere work collaboratively to confront some of the issues facing the USN Presently (climate change, poverty, human rights ) and to respect the Past by ensuring truth in education ie Colonialism.

Violence is also an issue common around the globe. USN seeks to reduce violence by respecting Minorities and Empowering Women. The United Nations does great work globally but seems to be loosing support in Sovereign States. USN will be community based and involve supporting Communities to achieve particapation and change.

Rural Communities are often isolated and Mental Health problems are to common. USN is all about people. Not about nations. Terrorism has today hit Indonesia and Education is the best way to combat it. Politicians will spread fear, People are not powerless but do need to be observant and build supportive Communities

I invite people to support USN on the Facebook Page.

Together we can make a difference

Thoughts

Hello my friends,

I have a lot of time on my hands and my mind does not stop. I hope somewhere in the following, you can find something useful or at least interesting.

. It seems to me that cafe would benefit with any connection to the hospital. Thinking of a fund raising tool for the hospital. A small packet of homemade biscuits. Similar to these.

Cheap but pretty homemade biscuits. Made for a few dollars each bag of 4/5 sold to public for double the price.

. Or a bag of honeycomb based on similar principles

Could be sold anywhere in Kimbe or PNG for that matter.

. I mentioned a morning tea for meetings at the hospital. Thinking something that is special to your cafe that others cannot do or cannot beat your price. Something to put the Z in morning tea.

. A foodpack for those going out in boats.

  • Speaking of Kimbe, how about clean Up West New Britan Campaign. Kids would love it as will be Fancy Dress. Obviously Council or Government involved
  • PNG Hunters to work with local clubs and police to organise Touch Football competion all over PNG. NRL and Rugby league in general have good links with Domestic Violence Prevention.
  • Set up Home Schooling to be available to the children you are supporting. I have done research and think I can present it. Just a matter of costs of books etc. Also PNG Curriculum or Australian. Just a crazy thought.
  • Please have a smile at these thoughts, but am hoping that they mi prompt ideas in your clever minds.
  • I also think that between you, my friends you have the connections to make these and many other community ideas happen

Community Christmas

I am fortunate to be involved with a few different communities. Reflecting on them and the communities involved.

I live in Brisbane in Social Housing. Every person that lives here is on Welfare. I have been here for 7 years and have tried to impact positively. I have conceded defeat and now isolate myself to stay out of trouble. What I see here regularly is the damage alcohol does to communities. I guess it is in excess

Governments earning huge income from taxes on Alcohol and Betting that both do massive damage to Society

I have been supporting Aboriginal Communities for over 10 years. I like their Community Model. The Community listens to its members, supports members and seeks help.

Have learned that their is Left and Right Wing thinkers. Often talk about One Mob but that seems to be falling apart. Lots of talk re Uluru statement but it is driven by politics. Assimilated people support and grass roots do not speaking with a broad brush. Very basically the major difference seems to be the recognition of Australia, which I understand. Lots of good people in the good communities but my concern is kids health. Trying to change CTG goals into Aborigiginal Goals rather than Political

Next Community that I am pondering is the Buhanga Women in Uganda. Recently opened 2 new classrooms. Education will help and will continue to support education. Funding excursions and books. Investigating ways to support the community. Agriculture through growing Pumpkins plan is to buy 5 Bee Hives and educate the ladies in production of Honey.

Recently was reminded of the Poverty in the Area. In particular the impact of lack of toiletry facilities. School does, but homes nothing. I have always though Solar Power to be a first goal but toilets first hopefully more than trench

Human Rights are important to me but HR support has certainly dropped. Treatment of Refugees globally is poor and in Australia is criminal. People leave their homes due to harrassment. What other Options do they have ? www.humanrightsrangers.com,

Detention Centres seem to be acceptable but Treatment that supports them and changes their circumstances. Education is part of that, language, community or Social Studies. Family could join whentudies completed. I think self supervised within detention would help with affordability.

Really distressed about the treatment of Women Globally. Violence in all its forms and Discrimination based on Sexuality is Wrong and Politically lacks leadership.

As a father of a daughter, it brings me to tears when hearing the stories of Discrimination and Hazards of being a woman in Modern Society. http://www.udeserverespect.com www.udesrverespect.com

Lastly I have a minor involvement with Kimbe in PNG. Great individuals figting a difficult battle re Violence. My involvement at this stage is listen and learn. Huge problems with Political intent and also corruption. Beautiful Native people and great smiles.

Personally I need to remember and focus on the good things in my world. I am grateful to the great people that I have encountered

PNG

Quote from a friend

How many lives have to be sacrificed, through lack of basic human rights and basic services, to bolster the pride of some leaders through “status” projects like South Pacific Games and APEC?

Papua New Guineans are dying like flies; old, young, children, babies, mamas; because of the lack of even the most basic health services.

In the Human Development Index, PNG is ranked 154/188.
40% of our population is under the age of 14 years.
Infant Mortality Rate is 58/1000
Maternal Mortality Rate is 733/100,000
Gender Equity Index PNG is ranked 143/157
Only 28.6% of the population have access to potable water
Churches run about half of the Health and Education systems
PNG’s Human Development Index ranking is only above Timor Leste and Afghanistan in the Asia/Pacific region

How much was spent on staging the South Pacific Games? How much will hosting APEC cost the nation?
How many lives would that save if invested in our human capital, through basic health services?

How can priorities be so “off”?
Peoples lives are more valuable than prestige for a few…….surely!

As the sun went down yesterday, so did the life of a beautiful young man who died because PNG does not have adequate health services even in the capital Port Moresby. A young wife and little daughter now left heartbroken and alone.

For what? Smart buildings!

Those who make the decisions on priority spending will never face the loss and grief of this young family, because they all have access to world class health facilities overseas when they, or their family, get sick.

While the majority dig holes and bury their dead, the fat cats live in luxury.