On Friday I was honoured to be the recipient of an Edna Ryan award for making a significant contribution to feminist debate across a number of issues, for speaking out for women and children including those in war zones and in poor and developing societies and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.
Today is the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls, including child marriage. Rates of child marriage have risen sharply and in some cases doubled in Syrian refugee camps. I recently visited Syrian refugees, aid workers and gender-based violence experts in Lebanon, the country hosting the largest ratio of refugees per capita in the world, to learn more.
As a writer, public figure, child rights and human rights advocate, social media user and parent, the issue of cyberbullying and online safety really hits home for me.
UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival Tara Moss spoke with Studio Ten about the millions of displaced children of Syria.
I am sitting cross-legged on a concrete slab in a home that is not a home. This is a makeshift shelter of corrugated iron and plastic sheeting, about the size of a parking spot, and it accommodates a displaced Syrian family with three young children.
What if we gave as many column inches to random acts of kindness as we do to random acts of violence?
What if we valued humanitarian aid as highly as we value human might?…