Youth work and participation
Global Voices is a non profit organisation seeking to promote an understanding of and participation in international diplomacy by young Australians. We do this through regular events and research & development opportunities in Australia, and the coordination of youth delegations to important diplomatic forums abroad.Our mission is to provide opportunities to young Australians to research, discuss and contribute to foreign policy both at home and abroad. Our vision is for young Australians to be heard and engaged on the world stage.
Our key activities include :
Selecting, funding and preparing Australian youth delegations to key diplomatic forums abroad such as the G20 and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
Acting as host organisation when those forums are held in Australia :
Continuing the dialogue at home through regular events on international diplomacy for young people;
Providing opportunities to be published on international diplomacy in traditional and online media outlets, and facilitating research and development opportunities for university students, linking them with top foreign policy experts, thinkers and organisations across the country.
Adam Everill, Jacqueline Joseph
Papua New Guinea
Women and girls' rights
Rugby League Against Violence/ Equal Playing Field
Papua New Guinea has some of the highest levels of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world. Fortunately, what PNG also has is a passion for change and for Rugby League. Rugby League Against Violence (RLAV) aims to empower young rugby league players to be champions against violence in their own communities. The organisation uses high profile ambassadors in a national social marketing campaign alongside community level strategies that help to educate community members on GBV and gender equality.
Activities include radio spots, interviews and advertising featuring RLAV ambassadors; locally developed and instituted code of conduct for community leagues; compulsory workshops for players, community workshops for non-players and schools workshop in High schools of pilot communities. RLAV has come a long way since our conception. It all started at a little event called the Global Changemakers Asia Youth Summit of 2011. An Australian and a Papua New Guinean spoke for the first time during the speed dating sessions, and the rest, is history. Inspired by the story of Rachel Petkac they set out to create a project that would honour her memory and of course win them the prestigious grant. With a little idea, and a boatload full of inspiration fresh from the summit, RLAV was formed. It would become more than just a project, it would become an international non-government organisation, with the endorsement of UN Women country offices and high profile ambassadors alike. We are now scoping possible programs in Australia as well as those in Papua New Guinea. For this blog piece, RLAV CEO and co-founder Adam Everill would like to tell you a bit about the last trip he made to PNG. After 3 previous trips and consultations we were finally ready to do some substantial work. He also talks about some other big news.
At the end of February I made a quick trip to PNG to launch our first official program, the Junior League Mentoring Program. On my first day (Wednesday) I arrived to find that the field that was supposed to be fixed in time for our launch was covered in rubbish and potholes and the work to fix it had been stalled by pretty relentless rains. I quickly got busy procuring some extra equipment and getting my hands dirty with the boys.
On Thursday and Friday we pulled together our volunteers and through our Project Manager Raymond Jeff delivered some child protection training. It was so great to see some passionate men and women keen to be a part of the RLAV team. I trained them in rugby league skills and about the expectations we had for them as leaders in their community. We also brought in Shane Morris, coach of the Port Moresby Vipers to give some referee and coaching tips. We trained 26 volunteers but as with most groups there is a committed core group and they make up about half of that group. I found myself growing very fond of these volunteers and them of me.
On the Saturday we launched the program spending the first hours of the morning registering those who had returned their permission notes. As the kids where coming into the hall I went out to check the surrounds when some drunkards grabbed at me demanding money for my presence. What followed was a little dicey. The volunteers fronted the group whilst we tried to get a police presence. The kids crowding the hall where chased with another drunkard wielding a large stick. To their credit the volunteers handled it with non-violence and the drunkards moved on. Not long after some horrendous violence took place as a husband threw large rocks at the head of his wife. As she tried to escape some men grabbed her and threw her back towards him. Luckily her desperation and some good men who took some steps in front to protect her, got her to safety. The response of the onlooking public proved that this was very much ‘business as usual’. My concerns that we couldn’t operate after these incidences were allayed by the attitudes of the volunteers who assured me once we were on the field we would be ok. They were right. Using the only one third of the field that was usable we delivered a bunch of different footy activities and our education component. The kids were stoked, and the volunteers felt so blessed to be a part of it. They’d never seen something like this delivered in their community.
This trip was a real breakthrough for a number of reasons. It was the first time I could really see positive impact happening in real time. I felt like my place in the community and thus RLAV’s place had been solidified and felt blessed to take on the name Mangi Morata (Morata Boy). Since my return our work has encouraged the entrance of Amnesty International Australia who are looking into water and sanitation in Morata which has only strengthened our image in the community. RLAV held the fundraiser ‘Celebrity Swim to PNG’. Eight teams, each with a celebrity, combined to swim eight kilometres in total – symbolic of the distance from Saibai Island, which lies within Australian nautical borders, to the mainland of Papua New Guinea. We had 10 Aussie celebs; leading TV personalities, sport stars and Olympians. If all the promised funds come in we should clear $25000.
Papua New Guinea
Skul bilong yumi
Skul bilong Yumi is a term in the local national language of Papua New Guinea (pidgin) which means “Our School”. This project has identified a great lack of basic literacy skills in children between the ages seven to thirteen (7-13) that live around the Konedobu community in Port Moresby (capital city of Papua New Guinea).
Therefore as a response to this issue of illiteracy, “Skul bilong Yumi” was initiated to equip these children with the necessary and fundamental basic literacy skills that these children require in order to adapt to the changing times of their community. The major aim in this project is to ensure these young upcoming future leaders of Konedobu are well equipped with literacy skills regardless of whether they’ve been to school or not and to create a positive social change within the community.
This project proposes to enroll one hundred (100) children who are have either never been to school or those who have had to discontinue from school due to financial constraints. The age groups that we target are children between the ages seven (7) and fifteen (15). Thus it is the overall vision of this project to see the young children of Konedobu know how to read and write and simultaneously use these skills to improve their livelihood.
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