Indian Girls No Longer ‘Unwanted’


When I read about the 285 precious Indian girls who recently changed their given name from ‘unwanted’, my heart was stirred by their simple act of rebellion against the rejection of their family and their culture.

As Grazia Magazine ( reported in last week’s edition, a heartbreaking tradition is marking girls as unwanted to everyone they will ever meet. Many Indian baby girls are named Nakusa or Nakushi, meaning ‘unwanted’ in Hindi.

The article goes on to explain that according to medical journal The Lancet, half a million baby girls are aborted in India every year because parents were hoping for boys instead. Continue reading

Writer Jitters..

So this week a magazine arrived in my mail box with an article I wrote on the cover. What a buzz! That’s a first for me – writing a feature/cover story – and I’m a little nervous about it.. in fact, I’m very nervous.. feeling the pressure you could say.. it’s a little late to do anything about it, but still..

It was a wonderful experience interviewing Erica and sharing her amazing story with Enhance readers. I love writing for Enhance, almost as much as I love reading Enhance.. reading Enhance is much less nerve wracking!

Erica is beautifully honest about her journey, including her battle with an eating disorder, I really respect her for that. Not an easy subject to be open and honest about. Thanks for trusting me with your words and your story Erica!

Earlier this week, she shared her thoughts on her blog Girl With A Satchel about how she felt about being on the cover of a magazine (instead of being the one writing about the magazine).. definitely check it out!

CEO Sleepout Founder’s Mission

Last night, a thousand CEOs slept rough at Luna Park, raising money ($4m in total) and awareness for the 150 000 people who sleep rough every night. Nudie CEO, James Ajaka, spoke to Kochie on Sunrise this morning:

I had the honour of interviewing CEO Sleepout founder Bernie Fehon a few years ago. Here’s an article I wrote for Blue Mountains Life magazine in 2009. As you’ll see, the Sleepout has gone from strength to strength in the years since! Continue reading

Positive Media

I’ve been noticing some fresh, positive media floating around the place and loving what I see!! I thought it would be nice to have a look at some of the positive stuff going on in the world of media.

A lot of people are talking about new movie Soul Surfer – which thrills me. The movie follows the true story of a young girl (Bethany Hamilton) who loses her arm (to a shark no less!) while doing what she loves – surfing. Her faith in God helps her get through the experience and eventually return to the sport. The cast includes Helen Hunt, Denis Quaid and Carrie Underwood.

Critics are commenting on the faith-based nature of the film (not altogether

Bethany Hamilton

positively, as would be expected): Continue reading

Dilmah – Doing Good All Along

One thing I really  enjoy is finding out that a brand or product I like is ethical in their trading. I think it’s more encouraging and empowering to find and learn about these companies, rather than just those who are not doing the right thing by their workers. I much more enjoy scanning the shelves for products I enjoy, knowing they are made ethically, than boycotting those who are not. (side note: does anyone know if boycotting actually works?)

I was enjoying a cup of tea at Mum’s the other day and commented on the lovely, full flavour. She mentioned it was Dilmah. I’ve always enjoyed Dilmah tea but have avoided purchasing it because it lacks the Fair Trade logo. Silly me. I assumed that because it wasn’t Fair Trade certified that their business structure was detrimental to local communities. As they always say, when you assume you make an ass out of you and me. This was one of those moments 🙂 Continue reading

Aussies Living in a Slum

So, this post is about a family who have me intrigued. I first heard about the Barkers when chatting with Ros Jamieson from Hands & Hearts about her venture; selling Fair Trade products via party plan (read more about that here).

The Barker Family

Ash and Anji Barker moved their family to Bangkok in 1992. They live in the Klong Toey slum with 80 000 people. Ash and Anji founded Klong Toey Handicrafts which is an initiative enabling men and women to provide an income for their families, based on Fair Trade principles. The Barker family has made a life for themselves in Klong Toey which is, as you can imagine, completely different to the lives led by families in Australia. Continue reading

Melinda Tankard Reist – Raising a Collective Shout

(As featured in the Autumn issue of Enhance Magazine)

After securing an interview with Melinda Tankard Reist, I was thrilled. You know when there’s someone you really respect, who expresses everything you’re thinking, someone you really want to meet one day? Well for me, that was Melinda Tankard Reist. Continue reading

Sex n Social Justice: What to Tell Your Children

A few weeks ago we were talking on Twitter about The A21 Campaign’s Key2Free project. Some of you may remember I had worn a key on a necklace on January 21 to help raise awareness of Human Trafficking. I looked like a bit of a geek wearing a massive old car key around my neck but I did get to chat with a few people about the subject. Problem was, one of those was my seven year old daughter who wanted to know what Human Trafficking was. I didn’t know what to tell her so I told her the bare minimum and made a mental note to be better prepared next time. Many of you echoed my comments on this. Hence, this wonderfully informative interview with a professional in the area of child psychotherapy!

This week we’re priveledged to have Psychotherapist Collett Smart answering our questions on discussing sex and social justice with our children. Collett provides counselling to children, adolescents and their families. She is also involved with Collective Shout: For A World Free Of Sexploitation.

Here she generously provides insight gleaned over her 20 year career: Continue reading

A Destiny to Rescue

I‘m pleased to introduce you to Every (1) Matters’ first ever guest poster, Melissa Sharman! It’s an honour to have her write this week’s post and I’m sure you’ll agree; she has an amazing gift with words. That combined with her heart for justice leaves us with a wonderful, thought provoking post. Pop over and visit Melissa’s blog, Dusty Highways!

I’d love to share a journey with you. It won’t be comfortable; truth rarely is. If you allow it, it will ruffle your nicely groomed feathers, and pull at the strings of your neatly packaged heart. But it is a journey in which you may find – and it is my prayer that you do – something extraordinary. That something is you. I may not know you, but I believe that we all have a unique and beautiful gift of eternal significance to give to this broken world. Though to see the light in ourselves, sometimes we need to first open our hearts to a little brokenness.

I recently experienced my own journey through brokenness on a Speaker Training Trip with Destiny Rescue. Destiny Rescue is an aid and development organisation that works to rescue girls from sexual slavery in South-east Asia and Africa. Continue reading

Party Plans Against Poverty

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to the year ahead and am excited about discovering what God has planned for all of our lives. As always, my hope is that Every (1) Matters will be a place where you find information, inspiration and encouragement helping you to always say “yes” to the whisper urging you to make a difference.

What better way to kick off the year than by chatting with Ros Jamieson, a woman making a notable difference in the lives of thousands. After witnessing poverty first hand, Ros began selling Fair Trade products by party plan – yep you read it right, just like Tupperware and Nutrimetics – but with some major differences. In her own words, Ros is “Just an ordinary woman doing something a little bit different.” Continue reading