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SDG 5: Gender equality

Kathleen Turnbull's picture

No new clothes 2021

Fast fashion contributes 8% of the world's carbon emissions, uses 10-20% of the world's pesticides, perpetuates gender inequality and labour rights abuses, and largely ends up in landfill. I am currently learning to sew, so that in 2021, I can go all year without making a new clothing purchase.


Francesca Imeneo's picture


I've been experimenting with different reusable sanitary products over the past year and am aiming to be able to ditch single use tampons and pads in my future cycles. I'm also going to open up the conversation more with my friends and family to remove the stigmas associated with menstrual cups and undies. They are easy to use and reduce so much waste!


Breana Merrin's picture

reusable sanitary items

Menstruation is a normal aspect of most women's monthly routine. However most women buy sanitary pads or tampons constantly as it is the norm in western societies is to use single use items. This creates a huge amount of waste, roughly 200 000 tonnes each year as well as putting strain on women who are homeless or in poverty who cannot afford these items every month. I have recently discovered businesses that offer more sustainable options such as reusable sanitary pads and menstruation cups that can last for years as well as being biodegradable. I have taken the step to invest in some of these products in order to reduce the amount of waste that I produce as a result of my bodily functions.


Hengjing Liu's picture

Heather take a step

encourage people to have good habits to avoid illness try my best to fight for women's right use my major to create clean mechaine to produce electric


Iona Mapa's picture

For All

As a former Special Education teacher, I observed how I was participating in systems of exclusion in schools and, ultimately, in society. That's why I started studying MEd of Inclusive and Special Education, to learn how to contribute to INCLUSION. It was in this course that I became more aware of different forms of exclusion, and have begun thinking of ways that I can help develop a more inclusive future. Through being more inclusive, we can lift out of poverty those excluded from economic growth and employment, we can improve the emotional health and well-being of those excluded from access to their human rights, we can reduce inequalities between people excluded from opportunities, and ultimately create more developed, safe, and peaceful communities.


Cameron Lyon's picture

Monash University Sustainable Development Volunteering Program

Without help, the people, communities and natural environments that are significantly impacted by global challenges struggle to overcome these challenges and experience a sustainable and prosperous future. This One Step has the potential to work towards achieving each one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It consists of creating a sponsored sustainability focused leadership program for emerging leaders at Monash University. Students will be sponsored to lead a project addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Projects could include establishing a system where children and their families in Nepal have access to vaccinations, building appropriate education facilities in Bangladesh, travelling to Kenya to install clean water and sanitation facilities or stopping all single-use plastic consumption in Monash University. In addition, each project would aim to empower locals in each destination by equipping them with the knowledge and resources enabling them to continue sustainable practices in the future. It is the aim that each program will contribute to global sustainability while developing the sustainable leadership of Monash University students.


Meg Grigarius's picture


We've all heard it before... throughout primary school, high school, Uni and even at work. But how far do we take this catchy slogan? It wasn't until last year and the beginning of this year that I really thought about the 3 R's in depth. I learnt a great deal more about what it really meant, in both your personal life and the wider community. As a step that I have been following for the past year I have developed the concept further to fit in with my journey towards sustainable living. It goes; REDUCE - Consumption?? How much do I consume, daily to monthly, to even yearly. Fast-fashion was a really concerning topic for me. The industry is the epitome of a throwaway mindset. Clothes are made for next to nothing with exported labour costs worryingly low, using the cheapest, generally toxic materials at rapid paces. The used resources like the amount of water, the cotton, and after that the Co2 emissions that are unleashed make for an environmental catastrophe. Clothes being perhaps my most common buys - This year I am saying NO to the fast-fashion industry, YES to what I already have, to vintage/secondhand, to clothing swaps and more. To buying what I need, and not to the shiny new things. This leads us into the next R, REUSE: Looking at what I already have, and finding something new in them everyday, tending and fixing things that might break or tear and most of all being appreciative of the abundance of luxuries I've been lucky enough to have. It put me in a mindset that I already have everything I need to be happy, everything else is just a luxury! *A luxury that I cherish Restyling outfits had me pulling things out from 5 years ago, that I absolutely love now. RECYCLE; I found myself thinking about recycling as a last resort, because if your can recycle things again personally, it's really just reusing? This Christmas I wrapped my presents in cut- offs from material we had lying around. Most of the material was given back to me, where I can now use that for other projects or to wrap presents again. What once was a recycling event has turned to a reuse! Evidently, this is much more a first world problem where consumption is at a all time high. But reusing can be applied to almost anything, and doesn't always have to mean a major change. Reusing works hand in hand with reducing, as long as I'm committed to buying minimal and necessity (which will be different for everyone). I pledge to continue finding ways to infiltrate all 3 within my life and my surrounding community.


Pippa Campbell's picture

Resume Recognition of Caring

Women take up 68% of family caring roles in Australia, including care of children, parents, sick and disabled family members. This work is unpaid and unrecognised. Time taken out of the traditional workplace is considered a resume black hole, but these roles are jobs that have skills that can be transferred into the workplace. I want to create a workplace accreditation to recognise these skills both on a resume and in a job interview. This will allow women to be recognised more fully for their contribution and encourage their ability to compete in the workplace. It will also allow workplaces to be accredited and recognised for their commitment to gender equality.


Neha Hansra's picture

Green the office

Actively seeking to make the work office environmentally friendly and promoting activities supporting eco-friendliness.


Harrison Moe's picture

treat everyone with kindness

We all live in this world together & there should not be any discrimination to people from any background such as different race, religion, working class, social class & gender. All over the world, countless discrimination & unfair treatment of said classes are happening hiding under our just society. Though, various human rights organisations such as 'Human Rights Watch" & more countries have been campaigning to impose human rights, we also have the power to change our own society & how we treat our fellow human beings around us. Whether it be a smile, a nod, a concern, an understanding, an acknowledgement, a hug, no matter how small a gesture, if it's compassionate, it definitely will go a thousand miles to make positive & kinder change to all the people around us. So, with genuine intentions, start asking how are their days doing to a random cleaner. Give a hand to a overburdened waitress waiting your table. Show empathy & compassion to unique individuals with autism, blindness or deaf. Respect a fellow college student from a different country & culture. If you have a domestic helper, treat him or her like how you would treat your friend. The kinder we are as a whole, the kinder the society will become :)



Hengjing Liu | 04/15/2020 - 20:13

me too



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