In the years I have been involved with UNICEF I have become closely connected to the stories of mothers and parents in Australia and around the world. As a patron of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative I have met women for whom access to health care has given them the confidence to raise healthy, happy children through the first days and months of life, at times against incredible odds. But I’ve also heard the first hand stories of the impact for mothers and families when those same, vital health interventions are not as readily available or accessible. The data tells the story without emotion – poor or absent health care can and does result in deaths.
Tara Moss interviews Egyptian-American activist and journalist Mona Eltahawy about the situation for women in the Arab world, her controversial essay ‘Why Do They Hate Us?’ and her experience of being assaulted as a protester in Tahrir Square.
We grabbed All About Women speaker Ilwad Elman for a backstage interview with Tara Moss at the festival. Watch Ilwad discuss the issues facing her home country of Somalia, what she’s doing to help, and why she left a comfortable life in Canada to do so.
The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, located off the north east coast of Papua New Guinea, is eight hundred kilometres from the country’s capital, Port Moresby, and even further away from Canberra. Last July, when Kevin Rudd announced that asylum seekers arriving by boat would be sent to Manus and settled in PNG, many thought they would be out of sight and out of mind. All that changed earlier this year.
On the 16th and 17th February violent confrontations at the centre left one man dead and dozens injured. There are now at least four inquiries under way investigating the violence. There is still no official public explanation of what happened during those two days.
Four Corners reporter Geoff Thompson puts together the most comprehensive account yet of what took place in and around the processing centre in February this year.
* Special thanks to Tara Moss for additional research.
In February I was unexpectedly contacted by one of my many long-standing crime research contacts. He explained that he is currently stationed at Manus Island, and that the information being made public about the violence that took place there was not correct. He explained that he was one of those who worked on the now deceased Mr Reza Barati, 23, trying to save his life.
Inhumane conditions, self-harming and mismanagement… we’ve heard the claims about life inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres.
Now Dateline has the evidence of what’s really going on there.