Yolonde's Blog

14
Dec

Moon Sick Care Bags: the answer to keeping girls in school

Papuan women living in rural, remote and isolated villages do not have electricity, access to shops or sanitary products. They have no choice but to use old rags or coconut fibre. On a trip to Africa earlier this year Gay Muller came across washable sanitary pads being produced. She knew after working in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in April that this was something the Papuan ladies and girls desperately needed. Gay decided when she got home she was going to make and gift Moon Sick Care Bags to women in isolated villages. The bags include 2 pairs of knickers, 4 …

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14
Dec

Prime Minister of Australia … Why Not!

Australians will achieve true equality the day an Aboriginal woman leads our country, domestically and internationally, as Prime Minister. A shocking thought? It is for many men and women who I have asked the question “what do you think about an Aboriginal woman as Prime Minister of Australia”. Men mostly respond with “that will never happen” or “you’ve got to be joking” but interestingly women tend to respond with something like “wow, can you imagine”. Yes, I can imagine but will it be in my lifetime, probably not. The question is confrontational and a good check as to where you …

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14
Dec

PNG: 5 women die in childbirth every day

Can you imagine giving birth on a beach, using a shell to cut your newborn’s umbilical cord? Or how about birthing in the scrub, laying on dirt and using an old rusty razor instead of a scalpel to cut the cord. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, not!! This is the experience of many women living in remote and isolated areas of Papua New Guinea – Australia’s closest neighbour. Maternal health, access to midwives and hospitals is a luxury afforded mostly to women living in major centres, even then we, as Australian, would be horrified with the conditions. Sadly, 5 women …

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