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We have the power to make a difference

Are you concerned about human rights? Do you want to make a difference and have your voice heard? Do you want to take action?

We have the power to make a difference: respond with compassion.
Like many people, the Institute Specific Issues Committee, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, is very concerned about the impact of the recent changes made by the Australian Government about asylum seekers. The Committee encourages readers to keep informed and to write to politicians about these issues. Many people have expressed their concerns to politicians. Will you also take up the challenge? Find out more.

A pro-forma letter to assist people to write to local politicians and senators is available here. Contact details for federal politicians:

Sisters of Mercy and Christmas Island Detention Centre
Late last year, the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia formed a partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service to provide pastoral services for asylum seekers living at Christmas Island’s detention centres.

Maureen Lohrey RSM was the first Sister of Mercy to participate in this collaborative venture. Read her insights here (February 25).

Lizzie Finnerty RSM recently returned from a six-week ministry placement on Christmas Island. Read her reflection here (May 20).

2010 World Cup and Exploitation of Humans
An international network of women’s religious orders has launched a worldwide awareness campaign aimed at preventing human trafficking during the June 11 to July 11 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.

Using the 2010 World Cup to exploit vulnerable women, children and men for slave labour, the sex industry or the drug trade is “an outright perversion of the spirit and ethical dimension of sport as well as of the idea and dignity of the human person”, says Salesian Sister, Bernadette Sangma. For more about Women’s Religious Orders launch worldwide awareness campaign follow this link.

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Every day 25,000 children die as a result of extreme poverty. This shameful situation must end. If we have the will to act we can Make Poverty History.

Every minute counts
Every minute, 17 children die in developing countries from preventable diseases. Will you send an e-card now to Federal Politicians, calling Australia to do its fair share to halve global poverty? Find out more here.

Making maternal and child health a reality
In 2008, 9.2 million children died before their fifth birthday, most from easily preventable causes. For example, 22% of these children died from diarrhoea and 21% from pneumonia.

The Fifth Birthday Action is a chance for you and your community to encourage our government to do its fair share towards making sure that every child possible can celebrate a fifth birthday. Find out more here.

Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator