Friday night forum

We are very excited that we will be working with One Just World to host a forum on the opening night. The theme of the evening will be

Closing the Poverty Gap: Creating a Fair Share for All

Poverty in Australia is a contentious issue. It raises questions of the definitions of poverty, the distribution of wealth, the difference between developed and developing countries, as well as about the limits to growth, and how we can create a fair and sustainable world.

There are over 2.2 million Australian’s living in poverty – that’s one in every 10 people – and yet as Australians we’re comparatively lucky. Two thirds of the world’s population is poor; one third lives on less than $2.50 per day, while a sixth live in extreme poverty – less than $1.25 per day. These people spend their days just trying to survive – finding something to eat and somewhere to sleep can be the biggest challenge of all.

So how do we close the gap between rich and poor? What of the inequality between men and women that deepens as poverty worsens? Can the earth even support us if we rectify this inequality in living standards? And what are the responsibilities of Australians?

These questions are at the heart of a Fair Share for all.

Not all the speakers are confirmed yet but we can say that Nick Savaidis (the Founder of Etiko Fair Trade) will be one of them. Watch out for more details.

One Just World is a partnership between the International Women’s Development Agency, the AusAID and World Vision. The objectives of One Just World are to:

  • Build a well informed and engaged community which is responsive and supportive of development initiatives by the Australian and partner governments, non government organisations and communities across the region
  • Encourage active participation in development assistance programs through volunteering, pro bono support, donating, advocating for and working in the sector
  • Make visible and communicate the gender dimensions of each topic, and the overall relationship between addressing gender inequality and achieving development objectives.

We are delighted to have them on board as partners!!


About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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