Making a Great Portfolio – Chloe Harlig
In keeping with Oxfam’s vision and mission, Oxfam UQ would like to acknowledge the Turrbal and Jegara People as the Traditional Owners of the land where we gather and recognise that this land has always been under their custodianship. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and to emerging community leaders. We also extend respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Oxfam UQ is an award-winning Social Justice Group and one of the oldest and largest groups from the University of Queensland. Oxfam UQ is directly affiliated with any part of Oxfam Australia. One of our key mandates is to creatively represent the ideals and campaigns of Oxfam Australia while empowering our community to become engaged and active citizens for change. This change can be in their communities, social groups, schools, workplace, gym and other places and networks!
Oxfam International, and by extension Oxfam Australia and our other campus groups, campaign tirelessly, research and dedicate social work/volunteerism to generate hope and change in the areas of Indigenous Rights, Climate Change, Worker’s Rights, Health, Education, Emergencies, Water and Sanitation, Trade, Food Security, Mining, Gender Equality, Corporate Accountability, Youth, HIV and Aids and Helping people to help themselves. For more info, check out https://www.oxfam.org.au/
Oxfam UQ helps our community see that these issues are not a list of disparate problems, but are all part of the same big picture. This context is a powerful tool for motivating people to address social justice issues. When we understand how these issues feed into one another, two key things stand out:
We realise that simple changes we make can have a domino effect of positive outcomes. It is empowering to know that we have this ability; that even the simplest decisions we make an impact on a whole range of global issues.
We can also see how the choices we make in Australia directly affect the lives of those in vulnerable communities around the world. We understand that we in Australia (both through government and as individuals) play a crucial part in the way our world works.
With this knowledge, people become active and powerful members in our global community and are able to let go of the notion that they cannot change anything. We strive to communicate our vision of a ‘Just World Without Poverty’ and not just this message but one which follows the values of striving for sustainability, human rights recognition and fairtrade. In this manner, we come up with creative, innovative and engaging ways to help tackle these problems that affect us all. We can all be the change we want and need to see!