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

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

First Nation Friend

UN Human Rights Committee review showed, Australia is failing to meet basic human rights standards for Indigenous peoples.

The government delegation acknowledged that the rate of violence against Indigenous women was “appalling”. It referred to “A$25 million for Indigenous-specific measures” and a “trauma-informed approach for children affected by violence”. This is just one measure the government is adopting to deal with violence against Indigenous women

45 Times Higher

https://www.dss.gov.au/women/programs-services/reducing-violence/the-national-plan-to-reduce-violence-against-women-and-their-children-2010-2022

An area in which Australia continues to breach international human rights standards is Indigenous incarceration rates.

One of the challenges of human rights treaty reviews is to ensure that the government implements the recommendations that the committee makes. Australia has a terrible record in this area, being called out for “chronic non-compliance” by the committee.koo

Planning

I have been busy trying to organise things including myself. Starting with Websites. http://www.udeserverespect.com and http://www.humanrightsrangers.com both are up and running. I have also been busy starting a Global Peer Support Group for Mental Health

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Trying to Empower Mental Health Friend and also Recovery Friend

I have made some good friends but it is disappointing that I do not get to meet t hem all when they travel to Brisbane. Because I have been busy my own Mental Health has been good

I am trying to Colour my World with a group on Facebook. I use these beautiful pics to help with my mindfulness meditation

Just trying to do whatever I can to support groups in their battle for change

  • Abooriginal
  • Stand against Violence
  • Refugees just seeking truth

The webpages are up and running but not finalised. Will need to spend some money to set up some stationery.

Lots to do, and mant errors will be made.

To support some dear friends I am involved with Domestic Vioence on PNG and am learning lots re orceryRelated Violence.

Election is over here in Queensland. Hope means Politicians will tell truth. The election was the first with preferential voting and the vote count was hard to follow.

Australia won the first Ashes Test today. First time in 40 years that have not followed on ABC Radio. I get confusdd with commefcial rights just where to find sport in Qld

Classroom has official Opening in Buhanga, Uganda. Very exciting there and I am thrilled. Together We Learn. Thank you Merry and Kerry for your help and support

 

 

 

 

Wed 27th Sept

Wow a great weekend of sport results.

My AFL tean Richmond Tigers won through to Grand Final. Then Dustin Martin won the Brownlow Medal for best and fairest in the game. Huge day ahead this Saturday, playing Adelaide Crows who aee Favourites.

North Queensland Cowboys won through to the Rugby League Grand Final by beating the bully boys , Sydney Roosters. Another huge day this Sunday as they play the slick, Melbourne Storm who are big favourites.

It is that time of year that big things happen in the Australian World of Sport. Usually a heart breaking time for me, but I am already excited bu achievements for the year

This week I havw stuck my beak into a few issues

  • Vote Yes Same Sex Marriage
  • Suicide Prevention Advocating Self Care and also Connection Goals
  • Change in Indigenous Auustralia.
  • Funding for Universities
  • Oz support for PNG
  • Mental Health Stigma Globally
  • Climate Change and Mental Health

Thanks to the support of many, I am on the bounce in my personal Mental Health. How long it will last I am not sure but I am confident that I will contue to fight. Very keen to arrange chats with my facebook friends and perhaps a coffee.

Jealous of Deon who is in Northern Territory chasing big Barramundi. I can only dream

September is ending so am planning for October and checking how my yearly goals are going, as only a few months left to get things done

Thursday 17th August

Nice start to the day. Had a lovely morning coffee with Jill. Very relaxing, Social chat I am not good at but felt comfortable. Hope the next coffee happens soon

Have lost respect for Australian Politics. Resorting to silly games. How do these people get elected. Power Hungry.

America in the Trump Era is experiencing Extremism Left and Right. Just looking for the truth in Press releases. The thought of KKK is revolting but Aust Policies on Assylum Seekers not that disimilar. Extreme Left is a new to me. I think in Australia they are called Enviromentalists. Extreme Musilims, Extreme Catholics amongst others illustrates Extreme anything is a sign of trouble.

Thinking today about Aboriginal Voice in Australia Politics. Many Royal Commissions have made recommendations that have been ignored. So am not confident that any voice will be heard.

These things take time I know but Aboriginal Australia, i think needs to move forward and organise who is leading the push for Peace and Pursuit of Truth. The search for Justice continues re Dhu and Elijah which is why States must be included in treaties