Australia: #LIGHTTHEDARK

There will be a nationwide rally “Light the Dark – Australia says Welcome” on evening of Monday 7 September in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Launceston, and other places around the nation.

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Religion and Family Violence – Muslim Women's View

Religious groups should not be able to promote the belief that men are superior to women if Australia wants to address family violence, an inquiry has heard. The use of religion to justify gender inequality or violence against women has largely been ignored in Australia, Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence heard on Tuesday. The Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights submission to the Royal Commission leaves no stone unturned in examining aspects of violence in CALD communities.

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Final MDG Report: Gains, Shortfalls Point Way to Post-2015 Success

Final MDG Report Extreme poverty was ended for more than one billion people through efforts under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the final edition of the MDGs Report. The 2015 report highlights achievements in access to drinking water, universal primary education, child and maternal health, gender equality and eliminating hunger, among others. However, the report also underscores the need for more work as part of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable people are not left behind.

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World Bank, ILO Call for Universal Social Protection

30 June 2015: Outlining their vision of a world where anyone in need of social protection can access it at any time, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder issued a joint statement on the “unparalleled opportunity” presented by the post-2015 development agenda to realize universal social protection.

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International: Appeal for Nepal

Our brothers and sisters in Nepal and neighboring areas suffered a devastating natural disaster. The aftermath of the earthquake of April 25 and its aftershocks is staggering. It has resulted in millions of people requiring assistance and has left thousands homeless.

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Worldwide: Advancing Religions for Peace Women of Faith Networks

Women of faith have been at the forefront of Religions for Peace’s efforts since the first World Assembly in Kyoto, Japan in 1970, when a women’s caucus was officially formed.

Subsequent Religions for Peace World Assemblies have featured women’s pre-assemblies, which provided a unique space for women of faith to build action programs.

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Nepal: Advancing on-the-ground Joint Multi-Religious Relief Efforts

In Nepal after the 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck, killed over five-thousand people; injured more than eleven thousand; and left 1.4 million in need of food assistance, the Religions for Peace family on its different levels: Religions for Peace International, Religions for Peace Asia and Religions for Peace Nepal began to work as a single team to implement multi religious efforts to help those in need on the ground in Nepal.

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United Nations: Forging Partnerships to counter Violent Religious Extremism

How can religious communities foster peaceful, inclusive societies and counter violent extremism?

The Secretary General of the United Nations, the President of the United Nations General Assembly and the High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations invited senior religious leaders in Religions for Peace to respond to this question in a high-level thematic debate held on 21 and 22 April at UN Headquarters in New York. Also participating were representatives of 193 Member States and diverse stakeholders.

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Being a Muslim in an Age of Islamophobia

Our leaders and media have created an environment that has effectively provided people with permission to hate, emboldening people to encounter Muslims as “the enemy in the war on terror” or as potential radicals, as though we all carry a “radical” dormant virus ready to be activated at any moment, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah on the ABC Religion and Ethics website.

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UN: ‘Dangerous New Era’ for World’s Record 60M Refugees

LONDON—The world is facing the worst refugee crisis in modern times – and the global response has been pitifully inadequate, according to the latest annual report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Humanitarian groups are calling for a global summit to address the crisis.

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All at sea: what lies behind Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis?

The plight of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Myanmar and Bangladesh, left adrift without food and water for nearly a week, has all the hallmarks of a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Yet despite statements of concern from governments, aid agencies and human rights groups, there is little sign of a coordinated plan to address the issue. Boats have been spotted off the coasts of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, apparently abandoned by human trafficking gangs who operate across maritime and land borders and shunned by regional powers.

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Religions for Peace Nepal Update

Our Religions for Peace family on its different levels is collaborating effectively: Religions for Peace International (RfP International), Religions for Peace Asia (RfP Asia) and Religions for Peace Nepal (RfP Nepal) are working as a single team to support our multi-religious collaboration in Nepal.

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After Nepal quake, survivors struggle in squalid camps

Squalid camp, Nepal, 2015

More than a week after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, cutting a wide swath of destruction through the country, residents in relief camps are struggling to get by. “Life is very miserable in camps,” said Mangla Maya Swal.   Swal has been living in a camp in Bhaktapur district since her home was badly damaged in the April 25 quake. She and her family of nine are sharing a single tent, which in normal circumstances would be insufficient for two or three people

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