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SDG 5: Gender equality

Celina Dhobbie's picture

tackling period stigma

A 2018 report by the United Nations (UN) found that the shame, stigma, and misinformation surrounding periods could lead to severe health and human rights concerns. Resultantly, they declared menstrual hygiene an issue that affects public health, gender equality, and human rights. The report powerfully underlines how shame and misinformation undermine the wellbeing of women and girls, making them vulnerable to gender discrimination, child marriage, exclusion, violence, poverty and untreated health problems. To tackle this problem, I am drafting a proposal to negotiate the provision of sanitary items and anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen for female and unisex bathrooms on campus. I also commit to educate myself and those around me on menstruation by engaging in conversations, open dialogue and learning and volunteering for grassroots organisations focusing on education and alleviating period poverty.


Julian Kiono's picture


- Stop using plastic bags and use reusable bags instead. - Use keep cup to reduce plastic and paper cups - Reuse, reduce and recycle more - Use an alternative source of energy, cleaner version such as solar and focus your future on that.


Kumiko Kitano's picture

Project of mottainai

Many of our generations are living in a capitalistic society that is extremely convenient and demands constant growth. However, against the backdrop of excessive economic growth and convenience, the global environment is being destroyed and we are facing a climate crisis. I am a master's student in the Cultural and Creative Industries, and I am convinced that the culture of each ethnic group's ancestors and the wisdom of their lives contain various lessons for living in harmony with nature and animals. Therefore, my 'Take One Step' is to create a platform for people from diverse cultural backgrounds to share earth-friendly services, products, and ideas using their own culture and knowledge. “Project of MOTTAINAI” is the name given to this project. The word "MOTTAINAI" is a Japanese word used to describe something that is being thrown away unnecessarily or to express regret about it. In this project, for example, as a Japanese person, I would like to share the idea of "Kintsugi", which means that when a piece of pottery is chipped, you can use gold to connect the chipped part and use it for many years, or you can use unnecessary clothes (kimonos) as rags for cleaning. Other examples include the way indigenous Australians deal with nature, which was introduced in the best-selling book "Sand Talk" as a lesson on the climate crisis, and I feel that such wisdom would be a “MOTTAINAI” if it is not utilized. I also learned that in Australia, people can live comfortably in double-brick houses without using much air conditioning or heating. The purpose of this project is to spread the wisdom and culture of our ancestors, which have gradually fallen into disuse in our convenient modern society, to society once again, feeling that it is a waste that they are not being passed on. At Monash University, where people from diverse cultural backgrounds gather from around the world, there will be a wealth of knowledge that can be shared. I believe that the creativity to learn this knowledge and devise ways of living in our daily lives, as well as the knowledge to change our products to be more earth-friendly, will be extremely valuable.


Cathy Chen's picture

Disrupt Dual

Encourage and Teach women and girls, based on their context (e.g. intersecting context), to create memes on social media as a way of empowerment


Wendy Zheng's picture

Stop gender discrimination

While I browse social media platforms, it is not uncommon for me to see some explicitly and impliedly offensive posts or comments towards women and girls and sexual minority groups. Gender stereotypes persist in our society. The acceptance of gender diversity is still low in society. The step I am taking every day is to comment under those posts or comments to raise awareness of the public toward the issue of gender inequality and LGBTQ+'s right.


Jierong Zhao's picture

Parental Equality

According to the research, due to the current parental paid leave policy in Australia (the mother can be granted with 18 weeks of paid leave, while the dad or the partner is only limited to 2 weeks of paid leave. Therefore, it is evident that the policy encourages the parental equality with the mothers taking lion share of rearing, while the fathers taking share of the earning, causing the fathers' absenteeism in children's life. However, father's participation in children's rearing is crucial, and if their part is missed out will cause great amount of problems to the child during the lifetime. So my target of this program is to inform the government to increase the amount of time for dads and partners' paid leave.


Reshveny Sanmugam's picture

Healthy ageing

With the global pandemic, there was a rise in digital innovation and an increase usage of technology. The one group that are affected by this would be the elderly due to the lack of understanding of technology. Learning should not be restricted to a certain age group. I pledge to include elderly in our community and educate them on the basic digital and financial literacy to gain control over their finances and work. I would learn the right way to educate elderly and others on this and hope to one day extend it to all people regardless of age, gender or race. It would be great to see youths and elderly working alongside and helping each other.


Peiyi Chen's picture


I would like to see more pet-friendly public places like restaurants, gardens in China. Every pet would be taking good care of and no more stray animals


Nick Shelmerdine's picture

Impact Investment

My One Step pledge is to adopt impact investing so that my investment approach is done through an ESG/SDG lens. Initially, when I began my investment journey, I invested with only aspirations of maximising monetary gains, setting aside or placing less emphasis on, the social and environmental impacts offrom the business operations. Whilst financial gain is still a key objective of my portfolio actions, it is now imperative to me that I invest in companies which value transparency and have transition plans that are aligned with the SDGs. I do this because I recognise the importance and influence that multinational cooperation’s play in this fight against social injustice and climate change. If we continue to financially support the types of businesses who are not adopting ESG principles and are not aligned to the SDG’s, it only reinforces harmful behaviour which further exacerbates our deteriorating global situation. The investments I make now and into the future will be for positive environmental, social and climate impact enabling me to participate in transitioning to a sustainable future.


Bahar Mirzae's picture

Giving back

On monthly bases, i ensure i contribute to foundation ranging from supporting education to environmental institution to support those who are disadvantage and environmental . no matter how little, it will create change! i aim to contribute to more organisation Feel free to comment any foundations.



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