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ADVOCACY

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As a humanitarian advocate, Alex works to empower women by using her platform to champion the incredible initiatives of impactful not-for-profit, charitable and humanitarian organisations achieving progress for women and girls around the world. As a result, this page provides a snapshot of some of the causes particularly close to Alex's heart.

If you find a cause that resonates with you, Alex welcomes you to join the movement too and help raise awareness among your network about what we can achieve if we all work together. You can become an advocate by sharing content on your social media pages, learning about the issues or getting involved in some practical volunteering.

After all, change starts with you.

 

CONTENT WARNING: Some videos on this page contain content about miscarriage, infertility, endometriosis, grief, depression, PTSD, terminal illness, breast cancer, seeking asylum, trauma, drowning, loss of life, war and conflict.

Advocacy: Text

ONE MILLION WOMEN

"Our vision is to empower women everywhere to act on climate change through everything we do. Through the way we live, through every choice we make and through using our voices and our vote. How we live each day matters. One small action multiplied by millions and millions changes the system. Never underestimate how powerful you are through everything you do. Launched in 2009, 1 Million Women is now a movement of over 970,000+ women and girls (and growing everyday). We are women from every corner of the planet living climate action through everything we do. We need you. We believe a million women will tell a million more and lead a million communities." 

- The Fighting Climate Change Through Our Everyday Lives Movement

ENDOMETRIOSIS AUSTRALIA

"Endometriosis has a larger impact than just a bad period; it can impact on every aspect of a woman’s life without any definite answers. There is a delay in diagnosis of endometriosis between 7 and 12 years. This is due to girls and women normalising symptoms due to the social norms relating to menstrual health. Doctors also normalise symptoms when women do finally seek medical assistance. Early diagnosis and treatment reduce the long term impacts of endometriosis and frequency of invasive treatments and fertility treatments. Raising awareness is the first step to reducing the delay in diagnosis across all age groups. Education about menstrual health, what is normal and what is not is vital in younger age groups to break the current cycle of delay in diagnosis and flow on effects for the next generation." (Ballard, K., Lowtan, K., Wright, J. 2006 & Dessole, M., Benedetto Melis, G., Angioni, S., 2012)

- The #Endoenlightened #MarchintoEndo #EndoHighTea Movement

KIVA

"More than 1.7 billion people around the world are unbanked and can’t access the financial services they need. Kiva is an international non-profit, founded in 2005  with a mission to expand financial access to help under-served communities thrive. We do this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva's work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care. 81% of Kiva borrowers are women and Kiva lenders crowdfund an average of $2.5 million in loans each week, creating a unique, renewable pool of funds that is reshaping access to financial services around the world."

- The Beyond Charity: Rethinking How We Give Movement

THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)

"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provided a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. As part of this agenda, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals (officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) which have become the world's 'TO DO' list. It's now seven years on, and we have more work than ever to do. These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone."

- The #Worldstodolist Movement  

THE GLOBAL GOALS - GENDER EQUALITY

"In 2015 world leaders also promised to put girls and women first when they signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fix climate change and tackle inequalities. Girls and women are disproportionately affected by these challenges and are key to building resilient communities to withstand them. That’s why we need to ensure World Leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations listen to the voices of girls and women and put them first in policies and plans. This is our chance to use our collective power and tell world leaders what we really really want for girls and women. The Global Goals will only ever be achieved if we invest in girls and women."

- The #Whatireallyreallywant Movement

THE PINK ELEPHANTS

"Within an elephant community if a mother elephant loses her baby, the other elephants use their trunks to form a physical circle of support around her. Despite 1 in 3 pregnancies ending in loss before 12 weeks, there is insufficient support specific to early pregnancy loss or miscarriage available in Australia... With so much of the current experience of miscarriage based on old science, outdated perceptions, social anxiety and mistruths, the Pink Elephants aims to right the story of early pregnancy loss by smashing the stigma, creating a new narrative, and leading to a healthier experience for all. The Pink Elephants provides the latest resources, information and peer-support for anyone impacted by early pregnancy loss. Using evidence, empathy and connection, our unique digital-first approach offers a single source of specialist support, whenever and wherever it’s needed — for anyone who has directly experienced it, for family and friends, corporate partners or healthcare professionals seeking proven ways to help."

- The No One Walks The Journey Of Pregnancy Loss Alone Movement

I TOUCH MYSELF

"The I Touch Myself Project launched in 2014, following the passing of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett of Divinyls. Chrissy was passionate about spreading awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer and wanted her global hit, ‘I Touch Myself’, to become an anthem for women’s health around the world. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet early detection gives you a much greater chance of beating it. Almost half of all breast cancers are found by women touching themselves. No one knows your body like you do. That's why knowing your normal is so important."

- The I Touch Myself Movement

ASYLUM SEEKER RESOURCE CENTRE

"The ASRC commenced in 2001 as a small community-funded food bank led by a group of passionate TAFE students. It is now Australia’s largest independent human rights organisation providing support to people seeking asylum. For two decades, the ASRC has stood as a force for change and a beacon of hope and decency. Today we continue to champion the rights of people seeking asylum and mobilise a community of compassion to create lasting social and policy change. Backed by our community, we remain committed to supporting and empowering those who came to Australia in search of safety and freedom. 100% of net proceeds of sales for Missy Higgins' Oh Canada  go to the ASRC."

- The 20 Years of Safety, Dignity and Hope Movement

My voice is strong and imposing, and my legs are powerful enough to hold up its weight. I wake up every day assured of my right to not only participate in the world as an equal part of it, but to loudly reject the narrative that keeps trying to tell me to pipe down, fold in, shrivel up, simper, apologise and slink my way through life so as not to offend or upset anyone with the complicated, beautiful mess that is me.

 

I have fought the odds to get here, empowered by the knowledge that every single woman who has come before me has fought her own battle in order to survive. We fight like girls. This is how we prevail.

 

And this is why we're still standing.

- Clementine Ford

Feminist Writer and Broadcaster

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