Catalyst is a Baptist World Aid initiative created to resource churches to advocate change and transform the lives of people suffering from injustice. Catalyst advocacy groups seek to speak up for the rights of the vulnerable and oppressed. Catalyst groups recognise that those with power, such as governments, businesses, and the social ‘mainstream’ should be called to use their power not simply to avoid harm but to actively do good.
Catalyst is a program for churches within Australia where each group can work for a common goal. The concept is simple – change occurs when we speak out together. Scripture calls us to “seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). Advocacy seeks to bring about change, in line with God’s heart for his world. We work alongside other advocacy groups internationally and within Australia. These groups include:
Micah Challenge – Addressing the problem of poverty through advocacy and education.
Stop the Traffik – People shouldn’t be bought and sold – fighting to end slavery through advocacy and education.
And now for some good news!
Specialty Fashion Group have signed up to Stop the Traffik’s Make Fashion Traffik Free Protocol. It means that they’re pledging over the next 5 years, to know their entire supply chain, from farm to factory, and to better protect the workers within it from traffiicking and exploitaiton. It’s a fantastic announcment from Speciality Fashion. We look forward to tracking their progress!
At the East Asia Summit recently, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the Australian Government will commit an addition $6 million to help end Malaria in the Asia Pacific region. It’s a positive announcement, that we hope signals a renewed committment from our Government to help our regional neighbours lift themselves out of poverty.