NAIDOC Week 2018

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. In 2018, NAIDOC Week will be observed from nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. The theme of the 2018 NAIDOC Week is Because of Her, We Can!

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Senate inquiry into dowry abuse in Australia to probe ‘devastating’ impacts on women

A Senate inquiry into the nature and prevalence of dowry abuse in Australia will examine its “devastating impacts” on women in Hindu and Sikh communities amid growing concerns about a recent significant increase in dowry-related domestic violence, murders and suicides.

The inquiry will for the first time assess the adequacy of Australia’s family law system and migration law system in addressing dowry abuse after an ABC News investigation found the cultural practice had resulted in a spate of horrific deaths in the past decade following a wave of migration from the Indian sub-continent.

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Senate Inquiry: The practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia

On 26 June 2018, the Senate referred the practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 6 December 2018. The terms of reference are outlined on this page below. The deadline for submissions to this inquiry is 17 August 2018.

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Victoria: Rituals and Processes of Grief across Multiple Religions

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement presents its Annual Grief Lecture at the Village Roadshow Theatre, Latrobe St, Melbourne, on the topic of Death Across Multiple Religions, on the evening of Thursday 5th of July, 2018.

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Victoria: Young People of Faith working towards Tolerance and Unity

Kingston Interfaith Network are hosting a Youth Panel Discussion on Faith. A panel of young people will answer questions about their faith and explain why it is an important part of their identity at the Moorabbin Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, on Thursday, 26 July 2018.

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International: A Faith-sensitive Response to Humanitarian Action


On 29 June, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) published guidance aimed at helping humanitarian agencies attune their work to the faith and background of people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement.

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UN: Strengthening Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue through Knowledge Sharing: Opportunities and Challenges

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the KAICIID International Dialogue Centre are co-organizing an event entitled “Strengthening Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue through Knowledge Sharing: Opportunities and Challenges”, to be held on 10 July 2018, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the United Nations Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber

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Ecumenism: World Council of Churches–Roman Catholic relations

To mark the visit of Pope Francis to the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 21 June, a special online “Virtual Issue” of the WCC’s quarterly journal, The Ecumenical Review, is offering a set of articles about relationships between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church.

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