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IN THIS EDITION:
Greetings from our Director
OSGA invited to the UN
Celebrating International Women’s Day
South Sudan community continues to achieve
Reporting human rights violations
Annual Report now online
Recent blog posts & features
Events calendar
Volunteer with us
Become a HCH member and friend

Greetings from our Director

Federal Member for Melbourne and Deputy Leader for the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt speaks at HCH’s 5th anniversary celebrations.
Dear friends and supporters,
The Humanitarian Crisis Hub recently turned five and in December we had a celebration to remind us of our wonderful journey so far. It was a great opportunity to see friends old and new and look forward to the future together. We were joined by Federal Member for Melbourne and Deputy Leader for the Australian Greens Adam Bandt, with whom we had worked during the referendum on the independence of South Sudan in 2011.

Also on the night, we announced that the Humanitarian Crisis Hub will be changing its name this year. Our new name will clearly reflect who we are and what we do and we think you will like it. Once it’s gone through official channels we will be announcing it through facebook, twitter, blogs and, of course, the website. Curious? Watch this space!
Best wishes,
Denise Cauchi (Director)
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OSGA invited to the UN

Oromia Support Group of Australia (OSGA), one of HCH’s long standing community partners, has been invited to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to present on allegations of human rights abuses in Ethiopia.

Human rights organisations have long been reporting human rights abuses committed by the Ethiopian government, which include rape, torture, arbitrary detention and kidnapping. OSGA, an Australian based organisation that was established in 2008, raises awareness of these human rights violations.
Due to their work and extensive documentation of first-hand accounts, OSGA have recently been offered a rare opportunity to send a delegate from their community, to present a first-hand account of human rights abuses at the hands of the Ethiopian government, before the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s UPR in April, 2014.

OSGA will be holding an event, to raise awareness and funds to cover the cost of the trip, on 22 March, 6-9pm at The Blue Room, Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St., Melbourne.

Read more about this significant opportunity on our blog page
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Celebrating International Women's Day

Humanitarian Crisis Hub will be celebrating International Women’s Day with events in Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday 1st March. Adopting the United Nations theme for International Women’s Day Inspiring Change, these two events will bring together dozens of diaspora communities, women speakers, and guests from the humanitarian sector, government and civil society.

Diaspora women who are campaigning and working for peace, development and human rights will share their work, their communities’ stories and highlight issues of importance to women in their countries of origin. The events will also include the chance to meet with and learn more about diaspora women’s organisations and celebrate the work that women are doing in their local communities here and in their countries of origin. The International Women’s Day events are being organised as part of our Women Leading Change (WLC) program.

Liana Nzabampema, organiser of the Melbourne event highlights that “The International Women’s Day will be an opportunity for women from countries affected by conflicts to celebrate not only their own achievements but also their successful efforts in helping their peers back home to rise from their day-to-day struggles.”

The WLC program seeks to support women from diaspora communities who are campaigning for human rights and peace in their communities in Australia and in their country of origin.

Event details:
Sydney
Saturday 1st March,
2-5pm at Unions NSW building,
Level 5, 20 Wentworth Street,
Parramatta. 
Melbourne
Saturday 1st March,
1-4pm, Multicultural Hub,
506 Elizabeth Street,
Melbourne.
The Women Leading Change program in Melbourne is kindly supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. 
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South Sudan community continues to achieve

Alex Okumu

Alex, a former teacher who participated in HCH’s Program Development and Advocacy for South Sudan training last year, co-founded the Mivule Community Association NSW in 2009. The organisation works with communities in South Sudan to create a professional school for training in trades. Alex is also a member of the South Sudan Diaspora Network (SSDN).

Read more about Alex and the Mivule Community Association here

MamaLand

MamaLand Hope for the Future Foundation is another great story of how hard work and persistence has enabled a community group to achieve their potential. MamaLand builds capacity of women and children in South Sudan through education, public health and well-being programs.

View a video about MamaLand’s work here.
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Reporting human rights violations


HCH provides a wide range of resources for community groups and the public on our website. These resources range from advice on lobbying politicians to project planning to past HCH workshop material.
 
Recently we have published a document on how to report human rights violations to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The document outlines seven steps with detailed advice specific to both organisations.  To communicate human rights violations, Amnesty International publishes Urgent Actions (which get sent to their groups and members around the world), as well as Newswire information, reports, open letters, statements, and more. Human Rights Watch publishes reports, news updates and open letters.
 
To read in more detail about this and for more resources, visit the HCH website
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Annual Report now online

HCH’s Annual Report 2012-2013 outlines the achievements of our diverse range of programs, workshops and mentoring throughout the year. HCH is the sum of its many dynamic parts. The energy of the community groups we work with, volunteers, and staff all fuse to keep the organisation thriving. A total of 29 diaspora groups were supported by HCH, and 82 volunteers and consultants dedicated their time.
 
Read more about our past programs here in the Annual Report
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Recent blogs, posts and features

 

Events calendar


Saturday 1 March
Saturday 22 March
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We are always looking for skilled and passionate people to join our team of volunteers. New migrants, international students, and refugees from countries experiencing conflict or humanitarian crisis are especially encouraged to apply. Click here to see current vacancies.
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Become a HCH member and friend

Be part of the HCH team and become a member today for only $20 per year.

You can also become a Friend of HCH. The Friends of HCH are a group of dedicated people who have donated much of their time to work with HCH. They are volunteers who are passionate about supporting diasporas organisations, they are communities who have worked with HCH throughout, they are previous staff and Governance Committee members who have helped to shape this organisation. The first Friend network gathering was held on 14 February. Don't miss out on the next one, join today!
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