Blog Tag: Social justice

DC Labour Rights group launch website

Posted by Peter MUIR

The DC Labour Rights group has launched their new website.

DC labour rights logoThe group is committed to making a change in labour rights globally. They are currently researching and raising awareness on Vtech in order to change working conditions within their sweatshops. For the past 2 years, they have been working on a campaign to improve VTech’s factory conditions. There have been reports of VTech’s ‘factories’ in fact being sweatshops. Consequently, they decided to research further upon this issue. Having done this, it seemed that the workers of VTech were under truly horrible conditions. The group is now raising awareness to promote understanding of this issue and also labour rights in general.

You can contact us directly through email: dclabourrights@hotmail.com

CAS Project idea #2

Posted by Peter MUIR

Copied below are details of an event orgnaised by World Vision – the Reveal Realities Photo Contest.  Planning and implementing a competition/event such as this would be a great CAS project – think about revealing the inequality that is reality here in Hong Kong…

This February 20 – the World Day of Social Justice – we (World Vision) are launching the “Reveal Realities” Photo Contest to reveal the realities of inequality in our communities and across the Americas.

This contest will challenge young people across the Americas to share what inequality looks like through their lens. The top photos will be used to advocate government leaders and the general public on issues of inequality and child exploitation, abuse, and neglect. We will do this through a Photography Exhibit that will tour the Americas and an Advocacy Calendar that will be given to government leaders.

World Day of Social Justice

Posted by Peter MUIR

wolrd day social justiceThe World Day of Social Justice, held February 20th,  aims to contribute to the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and justice for all.  In what ways could you celebrate this day, and take action towards making social justice a reality, as a part of your C&S or CAS efforts?

S2S 12HR Relay Event

Posted by Peter MUIR

S2Srelay logoThe S2S Relay (sunrise to sunset) aims to create a fun fitness challenge for all ages while raising money for a charity that is being supported by senior students at DC. The charity we are supporting this year is the Chungking Mansion Refugee Service Centre.

Held 8.00am to 8.00pm, Saturday, March 1st, the S2S will teams challenge themselves in a 12-hour charity relay to promote a healthy, active lifestyle to the community. The relay is open to children and adults alike, and is an un-timed, friendly relay-styled race where participants set their own pace and compete only against their personal goals.  The key goal being for you team to complete as many laps of the 1.35km course around Siena Park, Discovery Bay.

Here is an opportunity for you to challenge yourself to do as many laps as you can around Siena Park with your team. There is no requirement on how quickly you complete laps, whether it be running, walking, or strolling, so feel no pressure whatsoever!  So get a team together and sign up today!

10 December – Human Rights Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

The annual Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.  To find out more visit the UN Human Rights Day website.

This year’s theme is ’20 Years Working for Your Rights’ marking 20 years since the United Nations General Assembly created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights in December 1993.

One group at DC working towards the achievement of universal human rights is the DC Labour Rights group.  This group is working towards improving the rights of workers in the VTech, aiming to engage in a dialogue with this large company, aiming to collaborate with them to agree upon suitable working conditions.

Half The Sky documentary screening

Posted by Peter MUIR

Half the skyRoom to Read and the Canadian International School Parents’ Association are hosting a screening of “Half The Sky; Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” – a documentary screening and discussion focusing on Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Programme.

Based on the groundbreaking book, Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by New York Times journalists Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, this 45-minute extract features three inspirational stories from Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program in Vietnam as well as providing valuable background on the importance of educating girls and young women. There will also be an opportunity to hear from Alice Pung, one of Room to Read’s writer ambassadors and the author of a highly acclaimed memoir about her father’s experiences in the Killing Fields of Cambodia.

Soon after the publication of Half the Sky, Carolyn See wrote in the Washington Post: “Half the Sky is a call to arms, a call for help, a call for contributions, but also a call for volunteers. It asks us to open our eyes to this enormous humanitarian issue”.

Please note that this event is not appropriate for those 14 years and under.

When: Thursday 7 November, 6:15pm to 8:30pm

Programme: 6:15pm Drinks Reception. 7:00pm Screening. 7:45pm Discussion. 8:30pm Close.

Where: Leo Lee Arts Centre, Canadian International School, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen.

Registration:  http://llac.cdnis.edu.hk/

Shuttle Bus: Free bus service from Admiralty MTR Exit A to CDNIS at 5:45pm, returning at 8:45pm.

Special Guest: Alice Pung, Room to Read writer ambassador, Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2013 Author

How many slaves work for you?

Posted by Peter MUIR

It is reported that there are over 27 million slaves worldwide – roughly the combined population of Australia and New Zealand. These people may be women working long hours in garment factories to make our clothes; factory workers with minimal pay, producing phones and computers; or children in debt bondage picking cocoa and coffee beans for our chocolate and coffee.

Today, August 23, is International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.  This day  commemorates the beginning of an event (the uprising in Santo Domingo) that played a significant role in leading to the abolition of the slave trade across the Atlantic.   On this day we should also realise that slavery still exists today, with people living in poverty the most likely to have their rights ignored and be coerced into slavery.

How many slaves work for you?

Check out this website to uncover how many slaves work for you by assessing your consumptions habits.

World Humanitarian Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

worldhumanitatriandayAugust 19 is World Humanitarian Day.  This event aims to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation. It also honors all humanitarians who have worked in the promotion of humanitarian causes, and those who have lost their lives in the cause of this duty.   The official event Facebook page contains more details about the day, and includes some ideas on how you could get involved.   Check it out!

Survive 5 Facebook Challenge

Posted by Peter MUIR

World Vision have initiated a worthwhile challenge – why not get involved   And for those DC students doing the 40-hour famine, combining the famine with this activity could be considered a C&S Project.

Every day, 19,000 children die before reaching their 5th birthday because of preventable causes like malnutrition, pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Sunday, 5th May (5/5) is Survive 5 Day – where advocates around the world will make noise about under-five child deaths, but we need your help!
 
Create a unique “Survive 5” Facebook timeline cover that shows why people should care about child mortality.
 
The top 5 designs will win and be featured by World Vision’s GLOBAL Child Health Now campaign to be used by advocates all around the world! These winners will also receive a gift certificate to Society 6, where World Vision Youth sells unique art inspired items!

Learn how to get started & download starter resources at the “Survive 5” Facebook Design Competition challenge page.

Hong Kong’s human battery hens

Posted by Peter MUIR

“Hong Kong’s human battery hens” is the title of a recent article featured in the UK’s Daily Mail online edition.  It reports on a set of bird’s-eye images released by the Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) as a part of the groups efforts to increase awareness about the plight of the poor in Hong Kong.  With its reputation as one of the world’s richest cities, the high level of poverty found in Hong Kong it is unknown to many.

Like battery hens: A family of four tries to get on with everyday life despite living in a room where there is barely space to move in the urban slums of Hong Kong
Dinner is served… in the bedroom: Three people have been forced to share this closet-like space because rent is so high and public housing waiting lists so long

How could supporting people such as those shown in these pictures become a part of your CAS / C&S programme?