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• Officers join Parliament delegation

Lieutenant Kate Clifford joined Micah Australia's delegation of women Christian leaders to address global issues impacting the world's most vulnerable people. Major Dianne Jarvey is in the front row, behind the banner, above the letter A. Lieutenant Kate Clifford is just to the right of the banner, at the front.

Lieutenant Kate Clifford, Clarence City (Tas) Corps Officer, and Major Dianne Jarvey, Faith Communities Development Secretary (WA), were part of the Micah Australia Women’s Leaders Delegation for 2023 in Canberra last week.

The 45 women leaders making up the delegation represented 12 different denominations, as well as Micah’s coalition of Aid and Development members.

The delegation met with 40 politicians and is focused on how Australia, as a generous global neighbour, can do its part in what’s required to address global poverty, fight climate change and create a safer world for all.

“It was an absolute honour and a privilege to be a part of such an amazing team of women, and to have the opportunity to advocate for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people,” said Kate. “Of the 43 Politicians who we held discussions with, the majority were supportive and gave valuable insight to help shape Micah’s most ambitious campaign to date. The hope for this campaign, due to be launched in January 2024, is for Australia to step up its role in addressing global poverty and ultimately creating ‘A Safer World for All’.”

The discussions with parliamentarians included a focus on the current global ‘polycrisis’ – a simultaneous occurrence of several catastrophic events. “We shared how these multiple events and conditions, including COVID-19, rising conflict and climate change, are impacting people who are already vulnerable, and we’re just challenging them to see what we can do as a nation to rebuild the aid budget,” said Charlene Luzuk, ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) Australia’s National Programs Director.

Micah Australia empowers Australian Christians to advocate for the most urgent global justice issues facing our world today – extreme poverty, rising conflict and climate change.


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